FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. -- Liam Maxwell, William Morris and Brian Long each reached double figures in kills and Brennan Davis chipped in 49 assists and eight digs, leading Belmont Abbey to a 3-2 (25-14, 21-25, 25-20, 22-25, 15-12) victory at Emmanuel Saturday in Conference Carolinas men's volleyball action.
With their third straight win and sixth in seven outings, the Crusaders improve to 8-3 overall and 4-2 in league play. Emmanuel falls to 4-10, 1-6.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Maxwell tallied 17 kills and a .308 hitting percentage, plus had six digs, while Morris amassed 13 kills and a .435 percentage. Long finished the day with 10 kills, six digs and eight block assists.
- Davis added eight digs and four block assists to his assists, while freshman Daniel Cerqua registered a team-high and career-best 12 digs.
- As a team, the Crusaders hit .282, while holding the Lions to a .222 effort.
- The Abbey stormed out to a 12-5 lead in game one, but Emmanuel scored five of the next six points to trail 13-10. With the score 17-12, the Crusaders created separation with a 4-0 run, then closed the set with the final three points.
- In the second, the Lions scored four of the last five points for a 25-21 win to even the match.
- Belmont Abbey took the third, reversing a 10-9 deficit with four straight points that continued into a 10-2 run. Emmanuel tried to rally with four late points, but the Crusaders held out for the 25-20 victory.
- Emmanuel forced a deciding set when it broke a 21-21 tie with three straight points to surge ahead.
- The fifth set was a series of runs. The teams were tied at 3-3 when each team ran of 3-0 runs to make the score 6-6. Four straight Belmont Abbey points were followed by three in a row for the Lions, making the score 10-9. But the Crusaders tallied three of the next four points, and capitalized on EC service errors for the final three points of the match.
- Belmont Abbey returns home for a key Conference Carolinas match against North Greenville on Tuesday. Both teams are 4-2 in league play, tied for fourth.
- Tuesday's match starts a three-game homestand for the Crusaders.