North Greenville Falls to #13 Grand Canyon

January 12, 20181st2nd3rdFinal
North Greenville1114110
Grand Canyon2525253
NGUTeam StatsGCU
.070Hitting Pct..578
71Total Attacks64
Jackson Gilbert - 7
KillsShalev Saada - 7
Jake Boldog - 18
AssistsZachary Melcher - 25
AcesShalev Saada - 3
Dustin King - 4
DigsCullen Mosher - 7
Jackson Gilbert - 2
BlocksAshton King - 3
North Greenville Falls to #13 Grand Canyon
Friday, January 12, 2018
By Jessica Velasquez
North Greenville Falls to #13 Grand Canyon

NASHVILLE, TN- North Greenville fell to #13 Grand Canyon in straight sets in Off the Block's inaugural Grow the Game Challenge (11-25, 14-25, 11-25).

The Basics

  • Score: NGU – 0 / Grand Canyon – 3
  • Records: NGU 1 – 2 / Grand Canyon 4-0
  • Location: Nashville, TN (Allen Arena)

How it Happened

  • The Crusaders started off the first taking an early 3-1 lead over the #13 Lopes. With the score tied at 5-5, the Lopes went on a 4-0 run forcing the Crusaders to call their first timeout of the match. A kill by setter Jake Boldog ended another 4-0 run for the Lopes bringing the score to 13-7. Once again #13 Grand Canyon went on a 6-0 run to take a 19-7 lead. A kill by Ashton King gave the Lopes a 25-11 set one win.
  • Grand Canyon carried their momentum into the second set, getting a 4-1 lead. The Crusaders were able to come within one point as a kill by Jackson Gilbert brought the score to 11-10. A kill by Kyle Brandt ended a 5-0 run for the Lopes, bringing the score to 17-12. An attack error by Aaron Campbell ended the second set, giving Grand Canyon a 25-14 set two win.
  • In the final set of the night, the Lopes were off to a 3-1 start before a block by Matthew McManaway and Jackson Gilbert tied it up at 3 apiece. A kill by Grayson Lawrence stopped a 4-0 run for the Lopes, but it didn't stop them for long as they went on another 5-0 run to take an 18-8 lead. One final kill by #13 Grand Canyon gave them the third set win. 

Inside the NGU Box Score

  • Jackson Gilbert led the Crusaders with 7-kills.
  • Grayson Lawrence and Matthew McManaway both added 4-kills.
  • Jake Boldog dished out 18-assists.
  • Dustin King led the Crusaders with 4-digs.
  • The Crusaders finished with a total of 17 attacking errors.

Inside the Queens Box Score

  • Shaley Saada had 7-kills with a .417 attacking percentage.
  • Zachary Melcher led all players with 25-assists.
  • Cullen Mosher added 6-kills and 7-digs.
  • The Lopes had an impressive .578 hitting percentage as a team.

Next Time Out

  • North Greenville has a quick turn around as they face Lindenwood University at 2:00 pm in day two of the Grow the Game Challenge.