Highpoint, N.C.—Matthew McManaway and Dustin King, both freshmen on the NGU volleyball program have earned Third-Team All Conference nods after putting together solid inaugural campaigns in their first season of collegiate volleyball.
McManaway finished the season as NGU's most dangerous striker, putting down 299 kills while turning in a .266 hitting percentage. The freshman was also dangerous from the service line, dropping in 14 aces while picking up 69 digs. McManaway was huge in the middle for the Crusaders on defense with 65 blocks (14 Solo, 51 assists) on defense.
North Greenville's Dustin King turned in one of the best performance of all Conference Carolinas liberos this season. King was second in Conference Carolinas and led all freshmen with 326 digs. King set a league season high earlier in the season with 32 digs on defense against King University. The specialist also had a 20-dig game against the Tornado in a league upset and 19 against Mount Olive in February.
The Crusaders wrapped up their inaugural season of men's volleyball with a 10-20 record overall and a 4-14 record in league play. NGU clinched a spot in the league tournament and was ousted in the first round by regular season champion Pfeiffer.