Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville dropped its Conference Carolinas opener to Barton College on Friday evening, falling 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 16-25, 16-25) in a home opener riddled by errors from both teams.
Friday night’s game was less than ideal for each team as the two squads combined for more than 30 service errors. NGU North Greenville finished with12 on the night while Barton accounted for the other 18. The Crusaders used 12 errors in the first set, six each from the service line as well as at the net to take an early 1-0 lead. Kyle Brandt put the finishing touches on the opening set win with a kill, taking advantage of a Bulldog error on the previous point.
Barton would take the second and third sets despite its continuing struggles from the service line. The Bulldogs added three miscues in the second and five more in the third. BC cruised to a 2-1 lead in the set count despite the serving troubles, using 35-kills and a .301 hitting percentage. North Greenville evened the score at 18 in the second but a late surge from the Bulldogs put NGU away after cutting the score to 23-21. Barton used 10 more kills in the third to down the Crusaders in their spottiest performance of the night, committing nine errors in the frame.
Barton proved too strong for the Crusaders in the end as the Bulldogs overcame three fourth set errors to take the final frame. The Crusaders knocked down seven kills in the frame but eight attack errors proved to be troublesome. NGU kept it close for the first half but the Bulldogs, who entered the weekend ranked #5 in the Off The Block polls finished off North Greenville to improve to 2-0 in league play while North Greenville fell 0-5 overall and 0-1 in league play.
Matthew McManaway turned in a solid performance in his first league action of the year with 12-kills with a game high .429 hitting percentage among players with at least 10-attempts. Alexander Schinzing had 37-assists while Dustin King led north Greenville with 10-digs.
The Crusaders will host Coker College on Saturday at 3pm in Hayes Gymnasium.