Tigerville, SC - The North Greenville Crusaders won their first home match of the season in a 3-2 win over the Running Eagles of Life University. Life took the opening set, but North Greenville responded by taking the next two sets. The Running Eagles then took the fourth set, but the Crusaders were able to pull away late to take the final set and the match. Jackson Gilbert tied a program record with five service aces in the match.
NGU would jump ahead 7-4 early in the set, then would lead by as much as four before Life came back to tie the set at 15-15. After a few additional points were scored, the Running Eagles would put together an 8-2 run to lead 24-19. North Greenville did score the next three points, but a kill by LU put the set away with a score of 25-22.
Neither team was able to pull away from the other early on as the set would be tied seven times within the first twenty points. With the score tied at 11-11, the Crusaders were able to put together a 5-2 run to lead by three. Life cut their deficit to one point, but NGU ended the set on a 3-0 run to take it 25-21.
After an even start to the set, a 6-2 run by the Running Eagles allowed them to jump ahead 9-6. Later on, with the score 13-12 in favor of LU, North Greenville came back with a 7-1 run to take a 19-14 lead. The teams would trade points throughout the remainder of the set, with the Crusaders taking it 25-20.
North Greenville started off strong with a 7-2 run to begin the set, but Life responded with a 4-1 run to trail by just two. With the score tied at 14-14, it seemed that NGU was able to pull away for good with a 5-2 run to lead 19-16. However, LU would end the set on a 9-3 run to force a fifth set with a score of 25-22.
The Running Eagles took the first two points of the set. After North Greenville score two points in response, both teams would then alternate points until the Crusaders were able to put two points together to take a 7-6 lead. Life responded with a 4-2 run, but NGU then ran away by scoring the final six points of the set to win it 15-10.
Jackson Gilbert tied a program record with 5 service aces. He also led in kills with 20 and total attacks with 38.
Aaron Campbell put together a solid performance with 13 kills, 30 total attacks, 3 service aces, and 3 digs.
Jake Boldog recorded 37 assists, 4 digs, 2 solo blocks, 3 block assists, and 2 kills.
The Crusaders will begin conference play on Tuesday, January 22nd in Due West, SC against the Erskine Flying Fleet.