Wilson, NC – The Crusaders historic season came to an end tonight as they were defeated in the second round of the Conference Carolinas playoff. North Greenville fought valiantly against the Tornado of King University but came up short losing in straight sets. All the sets were decided by just a few points and senior captain Aaron Campbell shined in the contest finishing with 15 kills on 35 takes.
The Crusaders came out swinging taking an early 3 to 1 lead over the Tornado. Jackson Gilbert (Sophomore) scored the first point of the game for the Crusaders off of a set from Jake Boldog (Junior). Campbell scored his first point three serves later by blasting a hit cross court in between the Tornado defenders. King tied the game up at four-points apiece and never relinquished the lead again in the set. The Crusaders fell victim to 11 errors in the first set that gave the Tornado their lead. Boldog shared the ball exceptionally well during the first set distributing the ball between Gilbert, Campbell, and Cade McGee (Freshman). North Greenville tried to make a couple different runs in the set, however, the Tornado stifled any momentum the Crusaders built.
In the second set the Crusaders kept the game tight never allowing the Tornado to lead by more than a couple points. Campbell came up huge for the Crusaders in the second set scoring a couple points in the early going to keep the set tight. McGee and Gilbert also contributed in the second set scoring a combine three kills. Brandon Baker (Sophomore) and Ben Hamsho (Junior) also came up with a pair of clutch kills that put the pressure on the Tornado. The Crusaders again handed the Tornado nearly 10 points through hitting and service errors. The set ended with the Tornado besting the Crusaders 22 to 25.
During the last set the Crusaders stayed neck-and-neck with the Tornado keeping the game within a point. The teams traded points back-and-forth with Campbell and Hamsho rocketing kills past the Tornado block. North Greenville spread the ball around the court with five different players scoring kills in the final set. The final set, much like the others, was riddled with Crusader hitting and service errors. At the end of the game the Crusaders were defeated in straight sets.
Individually, the Crusaders were led by their captain Aaron Campbell who finished the game with 15 kills, 5 digs, and an assist. Campbell showed out especially in the second set where he scored four points straight for the Crusaders.