NGU fell to the Flying Fleet of Erskine College in a five set heartbreaker in Due West, SC. North Greenville took care of business in the opening set, but dropped the second set thanks to a late surge by Erskine. After dropping set three as well, the Crusaders recovered in the fourth set to force a set five. NGU had several match points, but EC ultimately came back to take the set and the match. Aaron Campbell led with 20 kills.
The Crusaders began on a positive note, taking five of the first six points. After Erskine tied the set at 9-9, NGU scored seven consecutive points to take a 16-9 lead. EC put up a fight with a 5-2 run, but North Greenville would hang on to take the set 25-20.
Set two began by going back and forth, but an 8-3 run by the Flying Fleet allowed them to take a 12-9 lead. However, North Greenville would fight back with a 5-1 run to lead 14-13. NGU would lead 22-20, but EC ended the set on a 5-1 run to win it 25-23.
Momentum swings would be the story in the third set, starting with a 4-0 by Erskine to begin the set followed by a 4-1 run by the Crusaders. The two teams would trade points for awhile until EC took the momentum back with a 5-2 run. Up 20-17, the Flying Fleet closed the set with a 5-1 run once again to take it 25-18.
After Erskine began with a 5-2 run, North Greenville stormed back with a 13-5 run to lead 15-10. The Flying Fleet fought back with a couple of momentum swings, but NGU continued to put up points and ultimately won the set 25-21.
Once again, the beginning of the set would go back and forth with neither team able to lead by more than two points through the first twenty points. Tied at 10-10, it seemed that North Greenville was putting the finishing touches on a win by going on a 4-1 run to lead 14-11. However, Erskine scored the next three to tie the set once again. NGU would have three more match points opportunities, but the Flying Fleet ultimately closed the game with the final three points to take the set 20-18 as well as the match.
Aaron Campbell led the way with 20 kills and 43 total attacks. He also provided 5 digs, 2 service aces and 2 block assists.
Jackson Gilbert recorded 11 kills, 30 total attacks, a service ace, a solo block, and a block assist.
Ben Hamsho posted 11 kills, 14 total attacks, 4 block assists, 2 digs, and a service ace.
NGU will head back on the road to face the Lees-McRae Bobcats in Banner Elk, North Carolina on Saturday, January 26th.