GAFFNEY, S.C. -- Liam Maxwell tallied nine kills and Brennan Beyner and Robert Nixon added seven each, but it was not enough as fourth-seeded Limestone posted a 3-0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-20) victory over No. 5 Belmont Abbey in the Conference Carolinas quarterfinals.
The loss snapped the Crusaders' five-game winning streak, the second-longest in school history, and ended the season at 9-17.
After Belmont Abbey took the opening point of the match, Limestone answered with four straight. The Saints stretched the lead to 12-6 and later held a 18-12 advantage when the Crusaders responded. Three consecutive points cut the lead to 18-15, then back-to-back points after a service error made the score 19-17. With the score 21-19, two straight by Limestone stretched the lead and led to four set points, of which they converted the second for a 25-21 win.
The second set was a battle of runs with each team having chances. Limestone broke a 6-6 tie with a 4-1 surge, but Belmont Abbey scored back-to-back points to trail 10-8. The Saints led 22-18 when the Crusaders used a 6-0 run to reverse momentum and earn two set points. But Limestone was able to save both, tying the set at 24 and requiring extra points. BAC led 25-24, then saved a set point of its own to even the set at 26-26. But the Saints earned consecutive kills for the 28-26 decision.
Limestone opened the third with seven of the first 10 points, but The Abbey closed it to 10-8. After two points by the Saints pushed the lead back to four, the Crusaders used a 5-1 run to trail by two, 15-13. But Limestone scored the next four points to pull away, winning the final set 25-20.
The match marked the final appearance for Belmont Abbey's three seniors: Radoszewski, Nixon and Beyner.