The rest of the ConfCarolinas was just put on notice courtesy of North Greenville.
North Greenville rallied from a four-point deficit in the decisive fifth game to beat first-place Barton 18-25, 25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 15-12 on Saturday in Tigerville, South Carolina.
Outside attacker Jackson Gilbert finished with a team-high 20 kills on a .432 attack percentage in the victory. In addition, Gilbert had a block and a kill as part of a 5-1 run in the final game to help the Crusaders erase an early deficit.
Despite suffering its first conference loss, Barton out-hit North Greenville .324 to .217. The Bulldogs entered this match receiving votes in the Division I-II national coaches poll and ranked No. 2 in the Division II coaches poll.
Check out Off the Block’s postmatch interview with coach Fred Battenfield following this match that he called the biggest in win the program’s five-year history.