Maxwell Tallies Nine Kills in Conference Carolinas Quarterfinal

Maxwell Tallies Nine Kills in Conference Carolinas Quarterfinal

GAFFNEY, S.C. -- Liam Maxwell tallied nine kills and Brennan Beyner and Robert Nixon added seven each, but it was not enough as fourth-seeded Limestone posted a 3-0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-20) victory over No. 5 Belmont Abbey in the Conference Carolinas quarterfinals.

The loss snapped the Crusaders' five-game winning streak, the second-longest in school history, and ended the season at 9-17.

Bryce Sullivan was credited with 28 assists, while David Radoszewski led the defensive effort with five digs.

After Belmont Abbey took the opening point of the match, Limestone answered with four straight. The Saints stretched the lead to 12-6 and later held a 18-12 advantage when the Crusaders responded. Three consecutive points cut the lead to 18-15, then back-to-back points after a service error made the score 19-17. With the score 21-19, two straight by Limestone stretched the lead and led to four set points, of which they converted the second for a 25-21 win.

The second set was a battle of runs with each team having chances. Limestone broke a 6-6 tie with a 4-1 surge, but Belmont Abbey scored back-to-back points to trail 10-8. The Saints led 22-18 when the Crusaders used a 6-0 run to reverse momentum and earn two set points. But Limestone was able to save both, tying the set at 24 and requiring extra points. BAC led 25-24, then saved a set point of its own to even the set at 26-26. But the Saints earned consecutive kills for the 28-26 decision.

Limestone opened the third with seven of the first 10 points, but The Abbey closed it to 10-8. After two points by the Saints pushed the lead back to four, the Crusaders used a 5-1 run to trail by two, 15-13. But Limestone scored the next four points to pull away, winning the final set 25-20.

The match marked the final appearance for Belmont Abbey's three seniors: Radoszewski, Nixon and Beyner.