Off the Block announces North Greenville All-Decade Starting Lineup

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Some of the best players in North Greenville’s program history are capping off the decade with a college men’s volleyball award.

Off the Block announced on Monday the seven players selected to the North Greenville All-Decade Starting Lineup presented by Off the Block.

The All-Decade Starting Lineup recognizes the best players to compete with a team since 2010. Similar to the starting lineup for a match, the All-Decade honor is comprised of a setter, opposite and libero along with two outside attackers and middle attackers.

The Off the Block staff determined the All-Decade Starting Lineup using a variety of factors including career statistical performance and the team’s overall success when a player was a member of the program.

This is also part of a series from Off the Block to celebrate the end of the decade in college men’s volleyball. Off the Block throughout the rest of 2019 will release an All-Decade Starting Lineup for every NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball team.

North Greenville under coach Fred Battenfield played its inaugural season in 2015 and qualified for the ConfCarolinas Tournament in each of its first five seasons. The Crusaders have won at least 10 matches in four seasons, including winning a program-record 16 matches and advancing to the conference tournament semifinals in 2019.

Off the Block is a national award winning website that was established in 2011 and is the nation’s leader in college men’s volleyball.

North Greenville All-Decade Starting Lineup presented by Off the Block

Setter: Alexander Schinzing
Opposite: Aaron Campbell
Outside attacker: Jackson Gilbert
Outside attacker: Jon Childes
Middle attacker: Matthew McManaway
Middle attacker: Ben Hamsho
Libero: Dustin King

Aaron Campbell (2016-19)
Awards and honors:
2019 ConfCarolinas All-Tournament Team
Campbell in his senior season had double-digit kills in 18 matches and was among the conference’s top 10 with a career-best 2.90 kills per game average. In addition, Campbell had a match-high 17 kills on a .625 attack percentage as North Greenville upset Belmont Abbey in the 2019 ConfCarolinas Tournament quarterfinals to win its first postseason match in program history. The three-year starter also capped off his college career having more than 100 digs in three straight seasons and more than 50 blocks in back-to-back seasons.

Jon Childes (2016)
Awards and honors:
2016 Third-Team All-ConfCarolinas
Childes as a graduate transfer and in his only season with North Greenville led the team and finished in the conference’s top 15 averaging 2.73 kills per game. The outside attacker had double-digit kills in 12 matches, including a match-high 18 kills in a near five-game upset of the top seed Barton in the ConfCarolinas Tournament quarterfinals.

Jackson Gilbert (2018 – present)
Award and honors:
2018 Third-Team All-ConfCarolinas; 2019 Second-Team All-ConfCarolinas
Gilbert finished in the ConfCarolinas’ top six and set the single-season program records with both a 3.29 kills per game average and 43 aces last season. Among his 20 matches with double-digit kills that season featured a season-high 20 kills on a .432 attack percentage in a regular season upset victory against the eventual ConfCarolinas champions Barton. In his first season at North Greenville, Gilbert had a team-high 2.55 kills per game average and became the first Crusaders to have at least 30 aces in a season.

Ben Hamsho (2017 – present)
Awards and honors:
N/A
Hamsho finished the last two seasons in the ConfCarolinas’ top 10 for blocks, including having a career-best 86 blocks last season. The middle attacker has hit more than .250 in each of his first three seasons at North Greenville. In addition, Hamsho as a sophomore was in the top 10 of the ConfCarolinas with a career-best .280 attack percentage and had six matches with double-digit kills.

Dustin King (2015-18)
Awards and honors:
2015 Third-Team All-ConfCarolinas; 2016 Second-Team All-ConfCarolinas
King in North Greenville’s inaugural season finished second in the nation with a 3.23 digs per game average — a single-season program record that still stands. The libero had double-digit digs in 16 matches that season, including a career-high 32 digs in a loss to King University. King in all four of his seasons at North Greenville was in the top 10 of the ConfCarolinas averaging more than 2.20 digs per game.

Matthew McManaway (2015-18)
Awards and honors:
2015 Third-Team All-ConfCarolinas; 2017 Second-Team All-ConfCarolinas; 2018 Second-Team All-ConfCarolinas
McManaway set the North Greenville career records with 949 kills, 302 blocks and 83 aces. In his senior year, the middle attacker set the single-season record with 101 blocks and was fifth in the conference averaging 0.93 blocks per game. He also finished in the ConfCarolinas’ top 10 for attack percentage for three consecutive seasons, including hitting a career-best .332 as a sophomore in 2016. McManaway averaged more than 2.00 kills per game in three of his four college seasons and ended his junior season ninth in the conference with a team-high 2.86 kills per game average.

Alexander Schinzing (2015-17)
Awards and honors:
N/A
Schinzing set the single-season program record with a 9.55 assists per game average in 2016. The setter finished in the ConfCarolinas’ top 10 for three consecutive seasons with at least an 8.00 assists per game average. He also had more than 20 aces in all three of his seasons with the Crusaders, including being in the conference’s top 10 with a career-best 27 aces in 2016.

One Reply to “Off the Block announces North Greenville All-Decade Starting Lineup”

  1. Thank you Vinnie for your enthusiastic coverage and support of North Greenville volleyball! Matthew McManaway is my nephew and our whole family appreciates your promotion of Matt and NGU!

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