Lees-McRae, NC—North Greenville earned its first ever straight sets league win on Wednesday night, downing Lees-McRae 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-20).
Luuga Vailu’U led North Greenville with 13-kills while hitting a stellar .524 percent. Jon Childs finished the night with six kills while Alexander Schinzing dished out three service aces. Dustin King finished with six digs on the day while Schinzing and Vailu’U combined for four, assisted blocks.
The Crusaders (12-13, 7-10 CC) swung at a .306 clip in the match while Alexander Schinzing dished out 33 assists. The Bobcats (1-22, 0-15) had three players with six or more kills.
NGU staked itself to a 9-6 lead in the first following a Matthew McManaway kill. Sobel, Shayka and senior Drew Blecher used a kill each to produce a 5-2 run to tie it at 11. The Crusaders responded with a 9-3 run, capped off by another McManaway kill, 20-14. The Bobcats staved off game point with a block from Blecher, Shayka and Jack Frank, 24-18, but NGU's Luuga Vailu'u delivered one of his 13 kills to close out the set.
LMC grabbed a 9-6 lead in the second following two kills from Sobel and one from Rudy Klaas. NGU ripped off a 13-5 run to grab a 19-14 advantage while Vailu'U contributed a trio of kills. Blecher earned an ace before a pair of Crusader errors cut the deficit to two, 23-21. NGU claimed the last two points to win the set.
Leading by two, the Crusaders tallied a 6-0 run, capped off by an ace from Aaron Campbell. North Greenville eventually won the set following a kill from Grayson Lawrence.
North Greenville will host Limestone College at 2pm on Saturday afternoon in Hayes Gynasium. The 2016 senior class will be honored before the opening serve.