Tigerville, S.C. - North Greenville men's volleyball equaled its 2015 win total on Tuesday with wins over Bluefield College (3-0) and The University of Charleston of West Virginia (3-1).
The Crusaders cruised to a straight sets win in game one, with decisions of 25-18, 25-16, and 25-19. NGU finished the match hitting .318, including an impressive .550 clip in the first frame, and setting the tone for the rest of the match.
Aaron Campbell led NGU with nine kills while Luuga Vailu'u had eight. Alexander Schinzing had 28-assists while Silas Jenkins had six defensive digs. Grayson Lawrence finished with three service aces to lead all North Greenville servers.
The Crusader trailed briefly in the opening frame but quickly bounced back, evening the score at 7-7 before taking the lead for good. NGU led by as many as five during the frame before closing out the Rams with a 6-2 run.
NGU would once again trail for a very brief time in the second set but quickly righted the ship to gain the advantage for good. NGU would lead by as many as eight in the second frame and as many as nine in the third en-route to the team's ninth win of the season.
The Crusaders continued their winning ways against The University of Charleston in the nightcap. NGU earned a quick 25-18 win over the Eagles, never trailing during the first frame.
Charleston would come back in the second frame to put NGU in its deepest hole of the day, jumping out to a7-1 lead. UC would later lead by seven as NGU was down 13-6. The Crusaders would whittle the lead down to just three but the Eagles would take advantage of NGU's worst set of the day en route to the 25-17. The Crusaders hit just .077 percent as a team with six attack errors.
North Greenville led late in the third frame but the Eagles would battle back with three straight points to even the score at 19-19. A quick three points for the Crusaders would regain NGU 22-19 and force a Charleston timeout. The Eagles would pull to within 24-22 but an error would end the comeback bid as NGU took a 2-1 set lead with a 25-22 win.
A 9-4 lead led to an NGU timeout early in the fourth set. The Crusaders regrouped and scored the next six points take a 10-9 advantage. The Eagles would even the score late at 19-19 but NGU hold on to win, earning a 25-22 win and a 3-1 match win.
Grayson Lawrence quarterbacked NGU's offense in game two with 29-assists. Three players equaled eight kills to lead the team including Aaron Campbell, Connor Rhine, and Caleb Arelus while Dustin King finished with 21 digs on defense. The Crusaders finished with nine services aces as a team led by Campbell who had three.
The Crusaders will take some time off before heading to Laurinburg, North Carolina to take on Saint Andrews College in a 7pm first serve.