Crusaders extend streak to three with win over LMU

Crusaders extend streak to three with win over LMU
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Crusaders extend streak to three with win over LMU

Tigerville, S.C. – Matthew McManaway continued his streak of double-digit kills while NGU extended its win streak to three games with a 3-1 win over Lincoln Memorial University, Saturday afternoon in Tigerville.

The Crusaders gutted out a 25-21 victory in the opening frame to set the tone for the first two sets. A 15-14 lead for Lincoln Memorial quickly disappeared as a kill by Aaron Campbell and a Railsplitter attack error earned NGU a 16-15 lead.

The Crusaders then tacked on another kill from Grayson Lawrence and three consecutive errors from Lincoln Memorial helped North Greenville to extend the lead to 20-15. The Splitters put together a small rally to cut North Greenville’s lead to three with a 4-1 run. The Crusaders got a kill from Kyle Brandt and Matthew McManaway to move the tally to set point. The Splitters handed NGU the set win and a 1-0 lead with a service error.

Neither offense was particularly impressive in the second set but NGU used nine-errors from the Splitters to earn the win. The Crusaders jumped out to an 18-10 lead with a bad set from the Railsplitters. A kill by Aaron Campbell and a service ace from Silas Jenkins earned a 25-18 win for North Greenville in the second set.

The Railsplitters turned in their best offensive performance of the day in the third set, scattering 13-kills around just two errors. North Greenville had 11-kills but handed LMU nine-points with errors en route to a 25-18 win, cutting NGU’s lead to 2-1.

North Greenville bounced back in the third set with ITS best performance of the day. The Crusaders dished out 13-kills to just three errors to hit .400 as a team and were also the beneficiary of six LMU miscues. A kill from McManaway gave North Greenville a 12-8 lead midway through the frame. NGU got help later on with three consecutive errors from the Splitters, extending the lead to 20-15. Alexander Schinzing ended the day with an ace from the service line to win the set 25-17.

McManaway finished the afternoon with 12-kills to lead the Crusaders. Ben Hamsho finished with 10-kills. Schinzing added 31-assists and three service aces. NGU’s defense showed out, producing 14-assited blocks and two solo. McManaway led the team with four while three other players had three.

North Greenville improves to 7-11 overall with the win. The Crusaders will host Belmont Abbey at 7pm on March 9th in Hayes Gymnasium.