Tigerville, S.C.—The NGU Men's Volleyball Team inched closer to a Conference Carolinas playoff birth on Monday night after a 3-1 win over the King University Tornado.
NGU led 19-11 in the first set but a furious comeback from the Tornado would cost NGU the set as King took the 27-25 win in extra points. The Crusaders and Tornado put on an offensive show in the first set as both teams hit over the .300 mark. NGU was just below king, which finished hitting at .407 in the first set with a .382.
North Greenville would bounce back in set two to even the score at 1-1. The Crusaders took a 25-21 win during the second frame as Matthew McManaway led the way with four kills. NGU once again hit over the .300 mark as 15 kills on 35 attempts would put that .343 for the set.
A 25-20 win in set three would give NGU a 2-1 win after putting together a third consecutive set of hitting over the .300 mark. NGU would trail by as many as five in the fourth set, but would battle back to pull to within 23-22 of the Tornado.
Consecutive attack errors from the Tornado would give NGU its first lead of the set a 24-23 forcing the Tornado to call their final timeout. NGU would take the set on the next serve as Matthew McManaway would put the game away with his 16th kill of the game to give NGU its third league win of the year.
NGU had five players with double-digit kills led by McManaway who finished the night with 17 kills. Robbie McCoy and Luuga Vailu'u had 13 kills each while Connor Rhine had 11. Curtis Westra finished with 10 digs. Dustin King finished with 20 digs on defense while Alexander Schinzing led all players with 59 assists. The Crusaders finished the game with a .340 hitting percentage.
NGU can secure its spot in the league playoffs with a win over Lees-McRae on Wednesday night. First serve is scheduled for 7pm.