Tigerville – Men’s volleyball used a Saturday night match vs. Lees-McRae to get back on track, downing the Bobcats in straight sets (25-17/25-14/25-22) to improve to 6-3 in Conference Carolinas play.
The Crusaders bounced back from a tough loss on Friday night with a dominant performance over visiting Lees-McRae. NGU trailed early on in the first set but scored seven straight points and eight of the next nine to take a 16-11 lead. Jackson Gilbert had two kills to help the cause while Sergio Carrillo added a kill and a service ace.
Lees-McRae once again drew first blood in game two but the lead would be shorter lived than the advantaged held in game one. North Greenville broke through early scoring four unanswered points to make it 11-5 after an Aaron Campbell knockdown.
The lead would later balloon to 10 points on another Campbell kill that made it 20-10. The Bobcats were able to muster four more points in the frame but Carter Eby dished out an ace from the service line while Ben Hamsho added a kill after an LMC error to make it 24-14. The Bobcats would finish themselves off on their next attempt with a service error.
The third set of the night was the closes of the three with the Bobcats holding on to the edge for much of the game. They led by as many as four points several times during the frame but the Crusaders eventually battled back. After an error evened it at 18-18, Jackson Gilbert put NGU in front with a kill that made it 19-18.
The two teams would trade points until it was 21-21. That’s when Aaron Campbell came through with an assist from Jake Boldog to put the Crusaders in front 22-21. Back-to-back errors from the Bobcats would make it 24-21. Isaac Reed would make it 24-22 but Campbell once again put down another Boldog dish to finish off the Bobcats in the final set of the night.
Jackson Gilbert and Aaron Campbell led North Greenville with eight kills each while Ben Hamsho added seven. Campbell led all players with .500 hitting percentage (more than 10 attempts).
Sergio Carrillo led NGU with 13-assists while Bill Hamsho dished out 12 helpers. Boldog also had five digs which were second on the team behind Arlind Rojba who had six.
Cade McGee had a game-high three service aces.
The Crusaders welcome Erskine College to Tigerville on February 27th at 7 PM.