The Belmont Abbey men's volleyball team earned its school record 12th victory as the Crusaders needed just one hour and four minutes to sweep the visiting King Tornado 3-0 this evening inside the Wheeler Center. Belmont Abbey improves to 12-11 overall and 8-7 in league play as it won by scores of 25-19, 25-21 and 25-17. King falls to 13-11 overall and 9-7 in Conference Carolinas.
Belmont Abbey's 12th victory breaks the record of 11 set during the 2013 season, the first in program history. The eighth conference win adds to the already existing school record.
Tonight, the Crusaders used a balanced offensive attack as the Crusaders hit .306. Nolan Albrecht finished with 13 kills, while Anthony Pippen added nine. Dustin Buell chipped in with eight as the junior from Las Vegas hit .583 for the match. Derek Sullivan handed out 34 assists with Buell, Sullivan and Pippen recording one service ace each.
Both teams had trouble at the service line, as King finished with 14 service errors to 13 for the Crusaders. Both teams combined to finish with 15 miscues in the first set alone.
The Crusaders defense held King to a .125 attack as the Abbey recorded 37 digs while posting two block solos and six assisted.
Libero Jon Lowenhagen's ten digs led all players, while Pippen added seven, Sullivan contributed six and Albrecht five.
At the net, Albrecht had both of the Abbey's block solos, while Buell had three assisted. Sullivan had two and Brennan Beyner added one.
Belmont Abbey closed out the match behind a sterling .400 attack in the final set, recording 14 kills on 30 attacks with just two errors.
The Crusaders will now break for Easter and will return to the court April 8 when hosting Limestone.