Crusaders Rally to Take Down NAIA's Top Team in Five

Crusaders Rally to Take Down NAIA's Top Team in Five

BELMONT, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey dropped the first two sets, but rallied by winning the next three for a thrilling 3-2 (23-25, 20-25, 25-19, 27-25, 21-19) victory over Campbellsville in men's collegiate volleyball action Thursday night in the Wheeler Center. The No. 1-ranked team in NAIA, the Tigers suffered their first defeat in 13 matches this year, while the Crusaders improve to 4-6.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Liam Maxwell tallied 22 kills and a .326 hitting percentage, while Andrew Kohut hit .481 with 17 kills against four errors in 27 attempts.
  • Jake Somers also had a big offensive night, hitting .462 with eight kills.
  • Brennan Davis had 48 of the Crusaders 53 assists, while also tying for the team lead in digs with eight. Daniel Cerqua also reached that total.
  • Kyle Ferguson had six blocks, all assists, while Brian Long added five.
  • The Abbey outhit the Tigers .307 to .240.
  • The match featured 53 ties and 13 lead changes and lasted two hours and 31 minutes. The fifth set alone had 14 ties and five lead changes.
  • After falling behind 2-0, the Crusaders led wire-to-wire in the third to force a fourth set.
  • In the fourth, BAC saved two match points at 24-22 and 24-23, then scored the last two points after a 25-25 tie.
  • In the fifth, Belmont Abbey fell behind 8-6 midway through, but had a match point of its own at 14-13. The Crusaders saved three more match points before finishing off the night with the final three points, the last on a kill by Maxwell.

UP NEXT

  • Belmont Abbey returns to Conference Carolinas play next Wednesday when it travels to Limestone.
  • The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m. in Gaffney.