Tigerville, S.C. - it took 59-kills and five sets for NGU to earn its fourth win of the season, but the Crusaders did just that, stealing a 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 21-25, 28-26, 16-14) win from the King Tornado, Thursday night in Hayes Gymnasium.
The Crusaders earned the first set victory using four kills from Jon Childes and five service aces, two of which came from Matthew McManaway. NGU would take the lead 6-3 in the next set, but the Tornado would chip away and eventually back into the lead. King would go on to win the second and third sets to take a 2-1 set lead.
North Greenville entered the fourth set looking to extend the match, and looked poised to do so, jumping out to a 20-17 lead. King would battle back though to tie the game at 23, eventually taking a one-point lead. The two squads then traded points until North Greenville was able put together back-to-back scores with a Childes kill and a King error to take the win and extend the match to five sets.
The Crusaders fell behind once again in the fifth set as the Tornado took a 7-4 lead. NGU then scored five straight to even the score at 10-10, using kills from Alexander Schinzing, Luuga Vailu'u and Childes. Childes would then give North Greenville its first lead of the set with a kill that made the score 12-11. The extra set would then go into extra points as the Tornado evened the score at 14-14. The Crusaders would put the game away with two straight scores though; as Vailu'u and Childes delivered kills to earn the 16-14 win.
Childes finished the night with 18 kills while Vailu'u finished with 12. McManaway delivered 10-kills for the Crusaders while Schinzing finished with 49 assists. The Crusaders finished with 15-aces at the service line led by Schinzing who had four. Dustin King turned in a solid night on defense leading NGU with 16-digs while Childes had 12.
The win over King gives NGU four Conference Carolinas wins on the season, equaling last year's total just six games into the season. The Crusaders will be back in action on February 6th when they travel to Erskine College to take on the Flying Fleet at 7pm.