The Belmont Abbey men's volleyball team suffered a 3-0 defeat to the visiting King University Tornado this afternoon inside the Wheeler Center. Set scores were 26-28, 25-21 and 25-21. King improves to 6-4 overall and 3-2 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey, which played its first match in a week, drops to 2-9 overall and 1-6 in league play.
Belmont Abbey had two set points in the opening set but King overcame both by winning the last two points to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
The Tornado opened the second set strongly, bolting out to a 12-4 lead before the Crusaders came roaring back, cutting the deficit down to as few as one, but the Tornado had just enough to pull out the victory and take a two sets to none lead.
In the final set the Crusaders led 19-18 but King scored the next three winners to claim a 21-19 advantage and force a Crusaders timeout.
After the break, King closed the match by winning four of the final six points to win the match.
Brennan Beyner led the Abbey with seven kills, while Dustin Buell and Spencer Fournell both totaled six. Buell registered a .455 attack as he knocked down six kills on 11 attacks with just one error. He also had an assist. Derek Sullivan handed out 23 assists.
Defensively Johnny Gomez's 13 digs led all players, with Sullivan adding nine. Sullivan added five total blocks (two solo and three assisted. Evan Young had six total blocks, with three assisted and two solo.