NGU claimed a victory to open up the 2020 season with a score of 3-1 against the Blue Knights of Urbana University. The win is North Greenville's second opening-day victory in program history. Urbana, a brand new program, was able to record their first ever set win while the Crusaders claimed sets one, three, and four. Jackson Gilbert led in kills with 15 while Jake Boldog got off to a strong start with 41 assists.
Set one began with NGU taking the opening point due to a service error. After two points by the Blue Knights, North Greenville responded with a 4-1 run that included two kills by Jackson Gilbert. The two teams would exchange several points before Urbana took their final lead of the set by scoring three straight points. Tied at 11-11, the Crusaders would regain the momentum with an 11-4 run to lead 22-15. The remaining points alternated, allowing NGU to take the opening set 25-18.
The Blue Knights began set two by scoring three of the first four points. North Greenville would then score two to tie things up at 3-3. Urbana followed that up with a lead, and was able to hold on to it throughout the remainder of the set. NGU put together a late rally to pull within one, but the Blue Knights would ultimately take their first set win in program history with a score of 25-13.
Urbana took the opening point of set three. However, this would go on to be the only lead for the Blue Knights as the Crusaders would control the remainder of the set. Halfway in the set, the Blue Knights were able to pull within one, but NGU would take care of business from there, and would even score the final four points of the set to win it 25-17.
Set four began with two points to the Blue Knights, but NGU quickly responded to take the next four. The Crusaders would hold a comfortable lead and pulled away even further with a 6-2 run to force an Urbana timeout with the score 17-11 in favor of North Greenville. The Blue Knights would score two of the next three, but the Crusaders responded by taking the next three points including two service aces by Ben Hamsho to force another timeout. Trailing 24-19, Urbana would put up one last fight with two straight points, but a kill by Cade McGee ended the match to give North Greenville the win.
NGU will head to Columbus, Ohio to face the Buckeyes of Ohio State University tomorrow with a scheduled start time of 7:00 PM.