Crusaders hand 16th ranked Trojans their first loss
Friday, January 29, 2016
Crusaders hand 16th ranked Trojans their first loss

Tigerville, S.C. - The North Greenville men's volleyball team earned one of its biggest wins in program history, Friday night, knocking off the 16th ranked Mount Olive Trojans 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-19) in Hayes Gymnasium.

NGU bounced back from a set one setback with a comeback win in the second frame. The Crusaders trailed the Trojans 17-14 late in the match but NGU would score four of the next five points to even the tally at 18-18. The two squads would trade points until North Greenville was able to grab the upper hand on a UMO attack error that made the score 22-21. A Vailu'u kill would set NGU with game point, as Jon Childes would give NGU the equalizing win with a service ace.

The momentum from the second set win would carry over into the final two sets of the night. The Crusaders jumped out to a five point 14-9 lead in the third set, eventually earning the eight-point victory to take a 2-1 set lead. NGU knocked down 17-kills in the third frame on 28 attempts. NGU hit a season high .571 during the set, besting its .524 hitting percentage in the previous frame.

Both offenses fell off in the third set, but North Greenville found ways to manufacture points. The Crusaders got help with six Mount Olive attack errors, but found some holes in the defense delivering four services aces. NGU got some more help from the Trojans in the form of four service errors while Childes added four kills while Vailu'u and Connor Rhine added two each.

Childes finished the game with 15 total kills to lead all players while Matthew McManaway had 10-kills. Luuga Vailu'u had seven. Alexander Schinzing had 44-assists while Grayson Lawrence led all players with four service aces. Dustin King led the defensive charge with seven digs while Vailu'u had four blocks including three assists.

NGU is now 3-1 on the season and 3-1 in Conference Carolinas play. The Crusaders will host Barton College tomorrow evening at 5pm in Hayes Gymnasium.