The Belmont Abbey men's volleyball team closed out the King University Invitational with a 3-0 loss to the Coker Cobras this afternoon at Kline Hall. Scores were 21-25, 19-25 and 14-25. Coker improves to 1-2, while the Abbey falls to 0-3.
Belmont Abbey never led in the opening set but stayed within close distance of the Cobras, as Coker's lead never rose higher than three. The Crusaders pulled the Coker lead down to one twice late in the set, the last at 20-19 on a Coker service error, but the Cobras won three of the final five points to take a 1-0 lead in the match with a 25-21 lead.
Brandon Kimbrell gave the Crusaders their first lead of the match with a opening point kill in the second set, and the Abbey would lead by as many as 6-4 early before a Coker rally produced a 13-10 Cobras lead.
The set stayed close from there, as the Abbey staked out to a 18-17 edge on a Spencer Fournell kill, but Coker won eight of the last ten points, including the final five, to move ahead 2-0 in the match with a 25-19 victory.
Coker closed out the match in the third set, using a late surge-a 9-3 run-to secure the 3-0 victory with a 25-14 triumph in the final set.