Maxwell Paces Crusaders with 17 Kills in Five-Set Thriller

Maxwell Paces Crusaders with 17 Kills in Five-Set Thriller

BELMONT, N.C. -- Liam Maxwell had a team season-best 17 kills and Aaron Dierkes and Gavin Schaffer also topped double figures in kills, but Belmont Abbey dropped a thrilling 3-2 (25-21, 21-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-12) decision to Alderson Broaddus in men's volleyball action Friday night. The Crusaders rallied to force a fifth set and held the lead early before the Battlers rallied.

Dierkes hit .450 with 12 kills and only three errors, while Schaffer tallied 11 kills and just four errors. Obenda Besongngem led all attackers with 20 kills for Alderson Broaddus (4-10).

The fifth set featured four ties and two lead changes. After falling behind 1-0 and 3-1, the Crusaders (3-7) used a 5-1 run for a 6-4 lead. They later were ahead 9-8 but ADU scored back-to-back points for a 10-9 advantage. Belmont Abbey got the next point for a 10-10 tie, but the Battlers scored three straight enroute to a 15-12 victory.

Belmont Abbey led 13-10 in the opening set when Alderson Broaddus scored four straight points to take the lead. The Crusaders tied the score with the next point, but back-to-back points led to a 17-15 margin. With the score 19-17, The Abbey used two kills in a row to even the match at 19-19. Later, with the score 21-21, the Battlers took the set with four straight points.

In the second set, the Crusaders built an 11-6 lead, but ABU tied the score at 12. The teams traded points until the Battlers were up 17-16, but Belmont Abbey scored three straight for a 19-17 advantage. Alderson Broaddus tied the set at 19-all, but the Crusaders responded with a 3-0 run to seize control. A kill by Maxwell ended the set at 25-21.

The third and fourth sets were near wire-to-wire victories for each of the teams. Alderson Broaddus broke a 7-7 tie with three straight points, then led 15-10. The Crusaders were able to close to 22-18, but the Battlers moved ahead 2-1 with a 25-19 final. In the fourth, Belmont Abbey also broke a 7-7 tie with its own 3-0 run. The Crusaders opened a 21-15 lead before Alderson Broaddus pulled to within 21-18. But the teams split the next eight points for a 25-22 BAC win that forced a final set.

Belmont Abbey returns to action and Conference Carolinas play when it starts a five-match road swing at Emmanuel on Monday.