Bristol, TN—Three NGU players finished with double-digit kills as North Greenville edged King University 3-2, Tuesday night in Tennessee.
Jon Childes led North Greenville with 18-kills and added 11 digs on defense. Luuga Vailu'u and Connor Rhine both had 11-kills. Dustin King led all players with 24-digs while Caleb Arelus had 10. Vailu'u led the Crusaders with four assisted blocks while Alexander Schinzing had a team high 47-assists.
The Crusaders jumped out to a 2-0 lead after wins of 25-18 and 25-13 in the first two sets. The Tornado responded with back-to-back wins of their own with wins of 25-19 and 25-18, forcing the game to an extra set.
The winner take all fifth set would stick to the Tuesday night theme as it took extra serves to decide a winner. North Greenville led early on, taking a 10-6 lead. The Tornado would answer with a 5-1 run to even the score at 11-11.
The rest of the way would be point-for-point as neither team could get a foothold. The Tornado took their first lead of the extra frame with a 16-15 advantage but a kill from Jon Childes would spark a three point rally, aided by a Connor Rhine service ace and a King ball handling error to put North Greenville over the top with an 18-16 win.
The win over the Tornado gives NGU its first ever two game sweep over an opponent having defeated the Tornado in early February, also by a score of 3-2.
The Crusaders improve to 8-5 overall and 6-4 in Conference Carolinas play after the win on Tuesday night. On deck for NGU is a non-conference game against Coker College on February 27th at 2pm in Hayes Gymnasium.