Maxwell Tallies 15 Kills at Emmanuel

Maxwell Tallies 15 Kills at Emmanuel

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. -- Sophomore Liam Maxwell reached double figures in kills for the ninth time in 10 matches with 15, but an .034 hitting percentage allowed Emmanual to escape with a 3-2 (25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-7) Conference Carolinas men's volleyball victory Saturday afternoon. The Lions hit .258 in the contest, including a decisive .304 to -.125 advantage in the fifth set.

Maxwell added five aces and six digs, while Bryce Sullivan tallied 30 assists and eight digs. Rob Valentine spearheaded the defensive effort with 18 digs.

In the opening set, Belmont Abbey (4-6, 2-2) held a 17-15 lead, but Emmanuel (3-7, 2-3) scored back-to-back points to even the set at 17. After a service error put the Crusaders ahead again, the Lions used another two points to start a 5-1 run that mead the score 22-19. The first set ended with a 25-21 result for Emmanuel.

The second set was tied at 7-7 when the Crusaders used a 5-1 run to lead 12-8. They stretched a 13-10 advantage to 17-10 with four in a row before Emmanuel took two straight points. The score was 21-13 when the Lions tried to rally. They answered with a 5-1 spurt of their own to close to within 22-18, but a timeout helped The Abbey to a three of the final five points for a 25-20 win.

Belmont Abbey trailed in much of the third set and was down 23-22 when it tallied the final three points of the set. Maxwell tied the score with a kill before Brian Long delivered an ace for set point. An attack error gave the Crusaders a 25-23 decision and 2-1 match lead.

Emmanuel made a run in the middle of the fourth set to take it 25-21. It lead 11-10 when it tallied six of the next seven points for a 17-11 advantage. Belmont Abbey did not quit with three straight points, but later trailed 21-17. Another 3-0 run closed the gap to one, 21-20, but Emmanuel answered with three straight of its own en route to the win.

Emmanuel earned the first two points of the decider, then answered a BAC point with five straight points for a 7-1 lead. The run continued to 10-2 with three in a row after another Crusader point. The Abbey closed to six at 10-4, 11-5 and 12-6, but could never gain the momentum.

Belmont Abbey stays on the road next weekend for a conference trip to Barton and Mount Olive.