Men's Volleyball Gains Thrilling Five-Set Win at Coker

Men's Volleyball Gains Thrilling Five-Set Win at Coker

HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Belmont Abbey had three players reach double figures in kills and the Crusaders took advantage of five Coker errors in the deciding fifth set for a 3-2 (19-25, 25-19, 28-26, 20-25, 15-8) road victory Friday night.

Brennan Beyner, Robert Nixon and Liam Maxwell each totalled 11 kills, while Pierce Pliapol registered 40 assists. Beyner had 10 of Belmont Abbey's 46 digs.

Belmont Abbey (2-4) led 2-1 in the final set before Coker scored three in a row for a 4-3 lead. The score was tied at 6-6 when the Crusaders rattled off five straight points for an 11-6 lead. After Coker (3-2) gained back-to-back points, The Abbey answered with a 4-0 run to end the match, 15-8.

The Crusaders fell behind 1-0 after dropping the first set 25-19. They held a 10-9 lead when the Cobras used three straight points to start a 7-2 run. A timeout helped Belmont Abbey to consecutive points, but Coker answered with four straight points for a 20-14 advantage. From there, the teams split the next 10 points to wrap up the set.

In the second, Belmont Abbey never trailed, starting with four straight points, then turned a 5-3 lead into 9-3 with another four in a row. Coker closed the gap to one at 19-18 and 20-19, but the Crusaders held off the rally by tallying five straight for a 25-19 win.

The Crusaders saved three set points in a 28-26 victory in the third. They trailed 18-16, but scored three straight to take the lead. After the Cobras used back-to-back points to retake the lead, the teams traded eight straight points to make the score 24-23 in favor of Coker. Another four points traded sides, with Belmont Abbey saving the set at 25-24 and 26-25. A service error tied the score at 26-26 before two Cobra attack errors - the first on a block by Liam Maxwell and Brennan Breyer -- put the Crusaders up 2-1.

Coker responded with a 25-20 victory in the fourth to set up the deciding set. Six straight points turned a 3-1 Belmont Abbey lead into a 7-3 advantage that the Cobras never relinquished.

The Crusaders have a quick turnaround as they host King tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Wheeler Center.