Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville hit just .200 as a team with 19-errors and 35-kills as Belmont Abbey earned a 3-0 win in Conference Carolinas action.
The Crusaders were in control of the first set until a late push from Belmont Abbey. NGU led 15-9 en route to closing out a quick first frame before Abbey stormed back to even the score at 21. NGU trailed 24-23 but fought back to even the count at 24-all on a kill from Matthew McManaway.
The Crusaders would take a 25-24 lead on the next serve after an Abbey attack error but Belmont would answer with the next three points to take the two point victory. The Crusaders from up north get two kills and a service ace to put the game away.
North Greenville hit just .179 during the opening set with seven errors and 12-kills. The Crusaders also handed Abbey four points on service errors. Abbey took the first set 27-15.
The momentum for Abbey carried over into the second frame as NGU continued to struggle. NGU had just 10-kills during the second frame with another seven attack errors. The struggles from the service line also continued as Belmont Abbey got five free points from errant deliveries.
Abbey would have its best set of the night, hitting .438 as a team. Belmont Abbey took a 2-0 lead after the second frame with a 25-19 victory. North Greenville put together several late runs but the Crusaders from Belmont kept NGU at arms length to earn the victory.
The third set looked grim as well for North Greenville as Belmont Abbey took an early 3-1 lead. North Greenville continued to battle though, scoring three unanswered points later on to take a 17-14 advantage. Ben Hamsho and Jake Boldog would power the quick burst with a service ace and a kill with the help of an Abbey error.
North Greenville would go on to score two of the next three points to extend the lead to 19-15. Another Boldog kill later on would extend the lead to 20-16. Belmont Abbey responded again with a quick 2-0 rally to cut North Greenville’s advantage to just two points, a lead that would later dwindle to one point in favor of NGU, which now led 21-20.
The Crusaders would extend the lead to two points a couple times on a pair of kills from Grayson Lawrence but Abbey refused to quick, eventually evening the score at 23-23 with a service ace. Abbey would go on to take the win 26-24, scoring two consecutive points after a Boldog kill evened the score at 24-24. The Crusaders closed out North Greenville with a kill and an NGU attack error, the 19th of the game for North Greenville.
Grayson Lawrence led the Crusaders with 11-kills while Boldog finished with seven. Schinzing finished the night with 31-assists. Defensively, Dustin King had six digs while three different players had two assisted blocks.
North Greenville will be back in action on March 13th when Charleston comes to Tigerville for a 3pm first serve.