Crusaders Sweep Past Alderson Broaddus

Crusaders Sweep Past Alderson Broaddus

BELMONT, N.C. -- Liam Maxwell tallied 17 kills and a .517 hitting percentage and Belmont Abbey hit .301 as a team, helping the Crusaders to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 26-24) victory over Alderson Broaddus in men's volleyball action Saturday afternoon at the Wheeler Center.

Brian Long added nine kills, with Pierce Pliapol and Carter Eck tallying five each. Rob Valentine tallied seven digs, while Brennan Davis registered 33 assists, six digs and a pair of blocks.

In the opening set, Alderson Broaddus (3-11) started with a 5-3 lead, but Belmont Abbey (6-8) scored three in a row for a 6-5 advantage. The teams were later tied at 10-10 when the Crusaders used runs of 3-0 and 2-0 around a service error to make the score 15-11. The margin was five at 20-15 when the Battlers tried to rally, closing to within 21-20. After the teams traded points, The Abbey got kills from Gavin Schaffer and Pliapol before Eck served an ace to end the set 25-21.

The second set also started in favor of the visitors as they bolted to a 12-5 lead, but Belmont Abbey slowly chipped away. Four straight points during Eck's serve closed the gap to 12-9, but the lead when to back to five at 15-10. Three straight points cut the gap to two, 15-13, then four in a row a short time later turned a 17-14 deficit into an 18-17 lead. The teams were tied at 19  when Maxwell delivered back-to-back kills, then the Crusaders answered an ABU kill with consecutive points for a 23-20 advantage. Maxwell had two more kills in the set, pushing The Abbey to a 25-22 victory.

The final set saw both teams post late rallies. Belmont Abbey broke an 11-11 tied with back-to-back points and later led 19-17. But Alderson Broaddus answered with a 5-1 run that put it ahead 21-20. The Crusaders tied the score at 20, 21, 22 and 23 before breaking the cycle for a 24-23. The Battlers pulled even at 24 to save one match point, but a kill by Maxwell and ace by Long lifted The Abbey to victory.

Belmont Abbey returns to action next weekend when it hosts Mount Olive and Barton in a pair of key Conference Carolinas matches.