The Belmont Abbey men's volleyball team lost its second match of its doubleheader Tuesday evening, dropping a tough 3-1 decision to the Emmanuel Lions inside the Wheeler Center. Set scores were 21-25, 25-12, 25-27 and 24-26. The Abbey is now 1-4, while Emmanuel, which will join Conference Carolinas next season, improves to 1-1. The Lions lost to Barton in a match played prior to the Crusaders match.
After dropping the first set, the Abbey wasted no time tying the match at one apiece with a convincing 25-12 win. The Crusaders hit .400 in the set and held the Lions to a -.057 in the frame, as the Crusaders stonewalled the Lions for six total blocks, as Jon Lowenhagen totaled three blocks and Evan Young posted two block assists in that set alone.
The Crusaders looked as if they would take a two sets to one lead, as they built a 24-19 lead in the frame, only to see the Lions win the next six consecutive points to grab a 25-24 edge. After a Crusader timeout, Lowenhagen deadlocked the set at 25 with a kill, but the Lions won the next two points to stake a 2-1 lead in the match.
The decisive fourth set also went into overtime, but this time the Abbey rallied back from a late deficit to send the set into extra points.
After an Emmanuel kill gave the Lions a 24-21 lead, the Abbey stormed back with three-straight winners-two coming from Emmanuel miscues and capped off by a Dustin Buell kill-to tie the set at 24, but the Lions won the final two points to seal the win.
Lowenhagen led the Abbey with 11 kills while Brennan Beyner added 10. Derek Sullivan handed out 39 assists and also had a service ace, as did Buell. Johnny Gomez led the way with 15 digs. At the net, the Abbey posted 12 total blocks as Lowenhagen had two solo and four assisted. Buell totaled one solo and three assisted, while Young had four block assists and one solo.