Tigerville, SC - NGU came away with a 3-2 victory over the Coker Cobras in a match that saw multiple standout performances and momentum swings. With the win, North Greenville has tied the program record for wins in a season. The two teams alternated for the first two sets with Coker winning the 1st and 3rd and the Crusaders taking the 2nd and 4th. North Greenville carried the momentum into the final set, taking it as well as the match. Jackson Gilbert led in kills with 15 and total attacks with 26.
Set One (29-27 CC)
Coker was able to get off to a strong start, forcing North Greenville to pay catch up for the majority of the opening set. Tied at 10-10, the Cobras would lead again and hold onto it until a 4-1 run by NGU tied the set again at 24-24. Extra points would be required, but Coker was finally able to put the set to an end, scoring three of the final four points.
Set Two (25-17 NGU)
NGU began the set with the momentum, scoring the first three points. Leading 10-8, the Crusaders took over with a 9-3 run to lead 19-11 and would go on to take the set with a score of 25-17.
Set Three (25-20 CC)
A competitive beginning to the set did not see either team lead by more than two points for the first half. Tied at 10-10, North Greenville score two in a row to take the lead, but Coker responded with a 5-0 run to take the lead back. NGU kept it close, but the Cobras would end up taking the set 25-20.
Set Four (24-25 NGU)
The Crusaders quickly took over the fourth set from the start, scoring seven of the first ten points. NGU would continue to carry the momentum, eventually going on a 6-1 late in the set. North Greenville would wind up winning the set 25-14 to force a fifth set.
Set Five (15-9 NGU)
NGU again got off to a strong start with a 6-3 lead. Coker would put up one last fight with a 4-1 run, but the Crusaders would respond with a 6-0 run to seemingly silence any doubters. A kill by Jackson Gilbert scored the final point for NGU.
Jackson Gilbert put together another solid performance with 15 kills, 26 total attacks, 2 digs, 2 block assists, a service ace, and a solo block.
Cade McGee also impressed with 12 kills, 21 total attacks, 4 digs, 2 service aces, a service ace, an assist, and a block assist.
Aaron Campbell was the third Crusaders to hit double digits in kills with 10. He also had 22 total attacks, 6 block assists, 2 digs, a solo block, a service ace, and an assist.
NGU will head to Marietta, Georgia to take on the Life University Eagles on Tuesday, March 12th. The Crusaders will attempt to set a program record for wins in a season with one more win.