The Belmont Abbey men's volleyball team won the opening set 27-25, but Lindenwood rallied to win the final three and earn a 3-1 win this evening inside the Wheeler Center. Lindenwood (9-4) won by scores 25-27, 25-17, 25-20, 25-16 as the Crusaders fall to 2-10.
Belmont Abbey trailed 23-22 in the opening set, but the Crusaders claimed the next two points-on a Lions service error and a Brennan Beyner kill, to set up set point. Lindenwood won the next point to knot the set at 24, sending the frame to extra points. Belmont Abbey won the next point to set up its second set point, but again Lindenwood fought off the charge with a Colin Hackworth kill.
That would be the last Lions point of the set as the Crusaders won the final two points, coming on a Lindenwood service error (the Lions totaled 32 on the night) and capped off by an Evan Young block solo to give the Abbey a 1-0 lead in the match.
Lindenwood regrouped to win the final three sets, beginning with an easy 25-17 victory in set two, in which the Lions opened with a 12-4 run. The Crusaders closed to as few as six, but the Lions lead was too great as they tied the match at one.
The third set was neck-and-neck for the first part of the frame until Lindenwood used a run to pull away with a 23-17 lead. Belmont Abbey won three of the next four points to make it close, but Lindenwood moved ahead two sets to one with a Jake Duckworth kill.
The final set saw the Abbey take its only lead on the first point of the stanza as Zach Bequette was whistled for a net violation.
From there, Lindenwood pulled away as it led by as many as eleven (21-10) and would win the match 25-16.
Beyner led the Crusaders with nine kills while Young and Spencer Fournell both added eight. Young totaled a .389 attack as he finished with just one error on 18 total attacks. Derek Sullivan handed out 26 assists.
Defensively, Johnny Gomez's 11 digs led all players with Fournell and Beyner both adding seven. Sullivan totaled three block assists with Dustin Buell adding two and one solo. Young, Fournell and Jon Lowenhagen all had two block solos.