NGU took care of business with a 3-1 road win against the Cobras of Coker College. After NGU took the first set 25-22, Coker fought back with a 28-26 set two win. However, North Greenville would pull away from there with a 25-20 set three win and a dominating 25-13 set four win. Jackson Gilbert led the team with 14 kills and 29 total attacks.
Set One (25-22 NGU)
Things began fairly even with the two teams remaining tied at 3-3. That changed when a 6-2 run put North Greenville up 9-5. Shortly after, the Crusaders would continue their momentum with a 6-2 run to increase their lead to seven points. Coker was able to cut the deficit to three points, but NGU refused to let the Cobras back into the set, ultimately taking it 25-22.
Set Two (28-26 CC)
North Greenville was able to get off to a strong start, beginning the set with a 7-2 run. However, a 6-1 run by Coker shortly after tied the score at 10-10. The Crusaders did jump back up to a three point lead before the Cobras came back to tie it again. NGU would lead by three at set point, but Coker stormed back with a 4-0 run to lead by one point. Extra points would be required, but the Cobras ended up winning the set 28-26.
Set Three (25-20 NGU)
Once again, the Crusaders began the set with the lead. Leading 12-8, NGU was set to run away without much of an issue. However, Coker did put up a fight with a 4-1 run to stay competitive in the set. After leading 17-15, North Greenville ended the set on an 8-5 run to take the third set 25-20.
Set Four (25-13 NGU)
NGU saved one of its best sets of the season for last in the contest. Beginning the set scoring seven of the first ten points, the Crusaders would continue to build on their lead while not allowing Coker more than three points at a time. Leading 16-9, North Greenville ended the set and the match on a 9-4 run to dominate the set with a final score of 25-13.
Jackson Gilbert led the Crusaders with 14 kills and 29 total attacks. He also recorded 4 digs, a solo block, and a block assist.
Ben Hamsho also had a standout performance with 11 kills, 18 total attacks, 4 block assists, and a dig.
Sergio Carrillo provided 23 assists, 6 digs, and 2 block assists.
The Crusaders will head to Bluefield, Virginia to take on the Bluefield College Rams on Saturday, March 2nd.