Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville cruised to a three-set victory over Emmanuel College on Thursday night, riding the momentum of a 16-kill performance by Matthew McManaway.
McManaway started the match a perfect eight for eight tonight and finished knocking down nine of his final 10-attempts. The junior middle finished the night with just two errors on 22-attempts. Grayson Lawrence finished the night with eight kills while Alexander Schinzing dished out 36-assists.
McManaway was also a key cog for NGU on defense, finishing with four assisted blocks along with Lawrence. Schinzing led the Crusaders with eight digs on defense. North Greenville held the Lions to just 28-kills while forcing 25-attack errors at the net.
The Crusaders cruised to a set one victory, using a 9-3 run powered by kills from Grayson Lawrence and Kyle Brandt to take a 13-7 lead. Emmanuel cut the NGU lead to three points, but the Crusaders held the Lions to just two more points, closing out the first set with six unanswered points to earn the 25-14 victory.
North Greenville faced some adversity in the second frame as the Lions jumped out to a 4-0 lead. The Crusaders cut the lead to 10-6 before three straight kills from McManaway made the score 10-9. A service error from the Lions evened the score at 15-15, giving NGU’s attack an opening. The Crusaders got help with two more EC errors followed by a pair of kills from McManaway and Hamsho to gain a 19-16 edge.
North Greenville jumped out to a 21-17 lead with a Hamsho kill but the Lions continued to battle. Using a kill and two errors from the Crusaders to cut North Greenville’s edge to just one point at 21-20. NGU’s offense got back on track with a kill from Aaron Campbell to extend the lead to two. Campbell would claim the set-clinching kill a few points later with a kill for the 25-21 win.
The Crusaders jumped out to another sizeable lead in the third frame as they led 21-13 after a Hamsho kill. North Greenville would work the advantage to 24-18 with a chance to put the match away but the Lions refused to lie down, scoring three straight points to cut North Greenville’s lead to just four. McManaway would end the suspense with a kill that earned North Greenville a 25-20 triumph and a sixth Conference Carolinas win.
North Greenville is now 6-5 in league play with a 6-11 record overall. The Crusaders will take Friday off before returning to the Court on Saturday afternoon to host Lincoln Memorial College at 3pm.