Franklin Springs, GA—North Greenville chalked up its second Conference Carolinas win of the season on Saturday with a 3-2 (18-25, 16-25, 30-28, 25-23, 15-9) come from behind win over the Lions of Emmanuel College.
The Lions looked to end things early as they earned wins over NGU in the first two sets. The Crusaders turned in two of their worst offensive performances of the year as errors outnumbered kills. Emmanuel took advantage with 14-kills in each of the first two frames compared to just nine errors between the two.
The Crusaders would shake off the dust in the third set to cut the EC lead. NGU pounded out 15-kills in the third set compared to just four errors to kick-start the attempt at a comeback. NGU needed the strong offensive effort as it took 30-points to win the set and force a fourth.
North Greenville didn’t just get it done on offense, the Crusaders finished with 16 assisted blocks at the net, and five solo blocks. Dustin King also helped the cause with a season high 20-digs from his libero spot. Aaron Campbell and Matthew McManaway led the team with four assisted blocks each while Campbell also accounted for three solo blocks.
The team also got a solid effort from its hitters as two players finished with double-digit kills including Aaron Campbell who finished with a career high 16-kills. Matthew McManaway finished the night with 10-kills on 41-assists from Alexander Schinzing.
The third set win set the tone for the final two wins of the afternoon as NGU kept the Lions off balance with a solid defense and a balanced offense. The Lions, which hit above .300 in two of their three sets, were below .100 in the final two frames including a -.061 in set four as NGU forced 10-errors compared to just eight kills.
NGU improved to 2-6 overall but are now 2-1 in Conference Carolinas play. The Crusaders will host local rival Limestone College on Tuesday evening at 7pm in Hayes Gymnasium.