Four Players Reach Double Figures in Kills as Crusaders Prevail

Four Players Reach Double Figures in Kills as Crusaders Prevail

BELMONT, N.C. -- For the third straight outing, Belmont Abbey hit at least .300 as a team, placing four players in double figures for kills, leading to a 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 25-27, 25-18) Conference Carolinas men's volleyball victory over North Greenville Saturday night.

With its third straight win, The Abbey moved to 7-16 overall, 6-10 in league play, while NGU falls to 7-16, 6-9.

Robert Nixon and Gavin Schaffer each tallied 13 kills, while Liam Maxwell and Aaron Dierkes chipped in 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Bryce Sullivan quarterbacked the attack with 43 assists, while David Radoszewski registered 12 digs.

Matthew McManaway had a match-best 15 kills for the visitors.

In the opening set, North Greenville broke a 4-4 tie with a 5-1 run to lead 9-5. Belmont Abbey trailed 9-7 when it ran off seven straight points on Maxwell's serve to open a 14-10 advantage. From there, North Greenville was only able to close to three at 20-17 before the hosts closed out out a 25-18 set victory.

The Abbey broke a 5-5 tie with three points in a row to lead 8-5. Later with a 12-9 lead, North Greenville tallied five of the next six points to lead 14-13. But Belmont Abbey rattled off five in a row for an 18-14 lead. North Greenville made a late rally, cutting the margin to 24-23, but a kill by Schaffer put Belmont Abbey up 2-0.

The third set features 10 ties and four lead changes. Belmont Abbey had led 5-2 in the early going, but the score was later even at 10. BAC led 14-11, but the score was later tied at 20, 21 and 22-all. North Greenville had two set points at 24-22, but Belmont Abbey gained match point at 25-24. However, NGU used two Belmont Abbey errors and a kill to post a 27-25 win.

The fourth set was all Abbey after a 2-0 North Greenville lead. Four straight points started an 11-2 run, then the lead was increased to 18-7. North Greenville tried to rally, but The Abbey retook control for the win.

Belmont Abbey returns to action on Tuesday, continuing the homestand with a 7 p.m. start against Limestone.