Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville men’s volleyball chalked up its first win of the 2017 season Wednesday night with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 26-24) win over Erskine College.
The win also marked the first league win of the season for the Crusaders who are now 1-6 overall with a 1-1 league play. North Greenville powered through the Flying Fleet on Wednesday night after weathering a front heavy schedule, which included some of the better teams in the northeast and southeast including Sacred Heart, Princeton, Barton, and Coker.
The Crusaders were carried by three players with 10-kills with the help of Alexander Schinzing who finished the night with 38 assists, tying his season best. Aaron Campbell, Matthew McManaway, and Grayson Lawrence all accounted for 10-kills each. Kyle Brandt led the Crusaders with nine digs.
North Greenville jumped out to a 2-0 with dramatic wins in the first and second sets. The Crusaders earned an extra point win in the opening frame and needed a rally late in the second frame to earn the advantage. NGU scored the final two points of the first set using a Schinzing kill and an Erskine error. The second set also came down to the final serves but NGU rallied in the end and used two errors from the Fleet to take a multi-set lead.
NGU would once again find itself in a battle during the third set, having to fight from behind again. The Fleet jumped out to a 13-7 lead, their biggest advantage of the night. The Crusaders pulled even with Erskine later in the match with a 4-0 run which made the score 20-20. The two squads would then trade points, eventually leading to a 24-24 tie. The Fleet looked to force a fourth set, but a pair of errors would end their night as NGU earned its first shutout of the season.
The Crusaders will now turn their attention to Emmanuel College. NGU will take on the Lions on Saturday afternoon at 2pm in Franklin Springs, Georgia.