Belmont – North Greenville’s season came to an end on Tuesday night after a loss to Belmont Abbey College in the first round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament.
- Score: Crusaders – 1 / Crusaders (BAC) – 3 (20 – 25 / 21 – 25 / 25 – 20 / 23 – 25)
- Records: North Greenville 13 – 16 / Belmont Abbey 13 – 15
- Location: Wheeler Center (Belmont Abbey College)
How it Happened
- North Greenville found itself in a two-set hole after the Crusaders from up north took the opening frames 20 – 25 and 21 – 25.
- The Crusaders struggled to get anything going on offense with just 19 – kills in the first two frames.
- North Greenville found righted the ship in the third frame. Jackson Gilbert and Grayson Lawrence each the gave the Crusaders a pair of three-point leads with kills eventually leading to a 16 – 13 edge.
- Abbey then helped NGU’s cause with three consecutive errors to make it 19 – 13. The lead would later balloon to six once again as Matthew McManaway put down a kill to make it 21 – 15.
- The Crusaders didn’t have to do much in the final points to earn the third set victory. Abbey committed four errors in the final nine points to help out NGU, cutting the set count in half at 2 – 1.
- Set four came down to the wire as NGU took a late lead when Lawrence’s kill made it 20 – 19.
- The Crusaders (BAC answered with a pair of points to make it 21 – 20 but Jackson Gilbert tacked on a kill to even it up. Gilbert evened it up once again with a kill that made it 22 – 22 and again at 23 – 23.
- In the end, Abbey had two more answers than North Greenville, finishing off the opening round match with back-to-back kills from Brian Long and Pierce Pliapol to earn the victory.
Inside the North Greenville Box Score
- Jackson Gilbert led the NGU offense by a wide margin, knocking down a game-high 20 – kills. Even more impressive was Gilbert’s hitting percentage as he finished at 44% with just five errors in 34 total attempts.
- Matthew McManaway had seven kills and a game-high six assisted blocks and a pair of service aces.
- Dustin King led the Crusaders with six digs on defense while Jake Boldog finished with 32 assists.
- The Crusaders finished the season with a 13 – 16 record, the highest win total in the program’s brief history.
- .448 is also the best win-percentage in program history, topping the 2015-2016 season total of .444.