Defensive Effort Keys Crusaders to Sweep of Erskine

Defensive Effort Keys Crusaders to Sweep of Erskine

BELMONT, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey hit .421 as a team and has 22 block assists, leading the Crusaders to a 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-20) victory over Erskine in Conference Carolinas men's volleyball action Friday night. Liam Maxwell led the offensive attack with 19 kills.

With its third straight win, Belmont Abbey improves to 14-10 overall and 9-6 in league play, while Erskine falls to 4-20, 4-12.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Maxwell hit .607 with 19 kills and two errors in 28 chances. He was also one of three players to have five digs (Jake Somers, Daniel Cerqua).
  • Somers tallied eight kills against just one error for a .538 hitting percentage.
  • Brian Long and Andrew Kohut added five kills each.
  • Brennan Davis registered 35 assists and a team-high seven digs. He was also perfect on two hitting attempts.
  • Seven different players tallied at least one block, led by William Morris with six and Long with five.
  • The Abbey's only error in the first set gave Erskine the lead, but the Crusaders ran off six straight and 10 of the next 11 points. The Crusaders hit .636 in the set (15-1-22).
  • In the second, The Abbey started with a 5-1 run that extended to 12-3. The Flying Fleet closed to within 22-18 but never got closer.
  • The third set was the tightest as the teams were tied 17-17. The Crusaders ran off three straight points, then led 21-19 when they mounted a final charge. Consecutive points stretched the lead to four, then The Abbey bounced back from a service error with a kill and service ace to take the match.
  • The win combined with a Limestone win over North Greenville later in the evening guarantees Belmont Abbey a home match in the Conference Carolinas quarterfinals on April 13.

UP NEXT

  • The regular season comes to a close on Saturday when the Crusaders host Emmanuel. A win or Mount Olive loss will give The Abbey the No. 3 seed.