Banner Elk – North Greenville men’s volleyball inched closer to the end of the regular season on Wednesday night, falling to Lees-McRae College in four sets (25 – 27 / 25 – 21 / 24 – 26 / 23 – 25).
- Score: Crusaders – 1 / Bobcats – 3
- Records: North Greenville 11 – 15 (5 – 9) / Lees-McRae 3 – 19 (1 – 12)
- Location: Lees-McRae College (Banner Elk, North Carolina)
How it Happened
- The Crusaders had their best set of the night in the first when they hit .323 as a team with 15 – kills.
- North Greenville trailed late but a kill by Kyle Brandt and a Lees-McRae error evened it at 25 – 25.
- The Crusaders took a brief 25 – 24 lead on the next serve when Ben Hamsho put down one of his 10 – kills but the Bobcats scored the next three to earn the extra points win.
- NGU trailed early on in the second frame but jumped out to a sizeable lead later on. Kyle Brandt gave NGU a 6 – 5 lead with a kill, the first of the set for the Crusaders.
- Later in the set, Ben Hamsho made it 18 – 12 with a kill. The Bobcats inched closer and made it 22 – 20 later but the Crusaders scored two straight including a kill from Matthew McManaway. A Lees-McRae service error would help NGU earn the win and make it 1 – 1.
- The Crusaders would hold the lead late in set three when another kill from Brandt made it 24 – 23.
- The Bobcats got some help from North Greenville after taking the lead though, as consecutive errors gave them a 25 – 24 edge. A third consecutive error would earn the Bobcats the win and a 2 – 1 set lead.
- In the end, errors would doom North Greenville as the Bobcats earned the win in set four.
- North Greenville finished the night with 20 errors from the service line and 28 attack errors.
Inside the North Greenville Box Score
- Jackson Gilbert led all players with 19 – kills and five blocks.
- Kyle Brandt finished the game with 13 kills and seven digs on defense while Hamsho finished with 10 kills.
- Dustin King led NGU’s defense with 13 digs.
Next Time Out
- The Crusaders welcome Limestone College to Tigerville on Saturday night at 7 pm for Senior Night.