CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Freshman Brian Long registered 16 kills and a .583 hitting percentage while Liam Maxwell also posted 16 kills, but Queens rallied for a 25-20, 13-25, 22-25, 25-23, 16-14 victory over Belmont Abbey Friday night in the 2018 men's volleyball season opener.
Brennan Davis tallied 48 assists and 10 digs in his collegiate debut, while Robert Valentine had 16 digs and five assists. Belmont Abbey had nine aces in the match, compared to just four for Queens.
The deciding set went down the wire with the Royals (1-1) taking three of the final four points to claim the victory. The teams had been tied at 12, 13 and 14 before the deciding stretch. Queens had led 6-3 after tallying three points from a 3-3 tie, then 10-8 with Belmont Abbey answering each time.
Belmont Abbey started slowly as Queens, playing its first home match ever, opened with the first six points of the match. The Crusaders slowly chipped away, finally closing to within three, 22-19, but the Royals closed out the opening set, 25-20.
In the second, it was The Abbey that started out on fire. It scored the first three points of the set en route to a 10-4 lead. After a Queens point, the Crusaders used another 4-0 run to push the advantage to nine, 14-5. The score was 17-7 when BAC scored seven of the next nine points to lead by 13. A Queens attack error closed the set 25-13.
The third set opened with another big run as Belmont Abbey tallied the first six points. Queens closed to within 14-11, but The Abbey surged ahead to 18-12. The Royals answered and cut the lead to one on two occasions, 22-21 and 23-22, but a kill by Maxwell and an ace by Davis put the Crusaders up 2-1.
The fourth set was the closest of the night as the biggest lead for either team was just three points in the early going. Belmont Abbey led 20-18, but the Royals scored three straight for a 21-20 advantage. The Crusaders tied the score at 21 and then 22, but back-to-back errors set up the hosts with two set points. The Abbey saved the first, but dropped the next, sending the match to a fifth set.
The Crusaders open their home schedule on Tuesday against St. Andrews. The match will start at 7 p.m. in the Wheeler Center.