The Belmont Abbey men's volleyball team opened its second season of play this evening with a 3-0 loss to Quincy in the opening round of the King Invitational in Bristol, Tennessee. Scores were 22-25, 25-27 and 19-25.
Belmont Abbey led the opening set by a 9-3 score before the Hawks rallied back to claim the first set. The Crusaders maintained their edge for most of the frame, but five straight Quincy points-which erased an 18-15 Abbey lead-put the Hawks on top for good at 20-18. Belmont Abbey inched to a pair three times, but Quincy scored three of the final five points to stake an early 1-0 lead.
The second set saw the Crusaders trailing 3-0 before going ahead for the first time at 7-6 on an Hawks error.
From there, neither team surged ahead by more than two, and the Crusaders had set point at 24-22 on a Spencer Fournell kill. Quincy fought back however, as the Hawks won the next three points to move ahead 25-24. On the ensuing serve, Quincy committed a service error, bringing the frame to a 25-25 stalemate and forcing extra points, as the Hawks won both to move ahead 2-0 in the match.
The final set mirrored the first two, as the two teams played evenly on the scoreboard. No lead was larger than two, but the Crusaders final lead of the set came at 14-13 on a Quincy attacking error.
After another error by Quincy knotted the set at 18, the Hawks claimed seven of the final eight points to earn the sweep.
Fournell, in his first collegiate match, tied for the match-high with 11 kills. He hit .429 and also had five digs and three total blocks.
Belmont Abbey is back in action twice tomorrow, starting with the Conference Carolinas opener agains the host King University tomorrow at noon. The Abbey will then face Coker at 2:00 p.m.