BELMONT, N.C. -- Liam Maxwell matched his career high with 28 kills and added 11 digs for his third double-double of the season, but Lincoln Memorial took a five-set thriller over Belmont Abbey 3-2 (20-25, 25-16, 20-25, 26-24, 15-11) Saturday afternoon at the Wheeler Center. Two other Crusaders tallied at least 10 kills as Jake Somers posted a career-high 13, while Andrew Kohut added 12 to lead the offensive attack.
The non-conference result leaves The Abbey at 10-9 on the season, while the Railsplitters improve to 15-7.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Maxwell matched his best offensive performance, previously set on March 14 of last year against Charleston (W.Va.). The totals rank second in school history behind a 33-kill effort by current head coach Nolan Albrecht.
- Brennan Davis was credited with 55 assists, one shy of his best, while Kohut added 10 digs for his first double-double.
- Belmont Abbey hit .196 in the contest, compared to .246 for LMU.
- Belmont Abbey came out firing, hitting .323 in the opening set. It opened a 10-3 lead and later held an 18-12 advantage when the Railsplitters tried to rally. They scored four straight to close to 18-16 and later trailed 22-20, but the Crusaders tallied the last three points of the set.
- LMU turned the tables in the second with a hitting percentage of .484, but Belmont Abbey answered with a 25-20 win in the third. The turning point when a 4-1 run turned a slim 16-15 lead into a 20-16 advantage.
- Belmont Abbey had match point in the fourth after a Maxwell kill broke a 23-23 tie, but the Railsplitters forced a fifth set by notching three straight points.
- In the decider, Lincoln Memorial answered Abbey's first point with three straight and never trailed again. Another 3-0 run stretched a 5-4 lead to four points, then back-to-back points turned an 8-7 margin to 10-7. The Abbey saved one match point at 14-11, but a final kill gave LMU the win.
- Belmont Abbey wraps up a five-match homestand with a critical contest against Limestone on Tuesday. The Crusaders and Saints are tied for fifth in the Conference Carolinas standings with just over two weeks remaining in the regular-season.
- The action begins at 7 p.m. in the Wheeler Center.