Schaffer Tops Double Figures in Kills at Erskine

Schaffer Tops Double Figures in Kills at Erskine

DUE WEST, S.C. -- Gavin Schaffer tallied 10 kills and two blocks, and Robert Nixon added nine against one error, but Erskine rode a .255 hitting percentage to a 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-18) victory over Belmont Abbey Thursday night at Belk Arena.

Liam Maxwell and Brennan Beyner registered six kills each, while Pierce Pliapol dished out 26 assists. David Radoszewski led the defensive effort with eight digs.

Belmont Abbey (3-9, 2-6) led 8-6 in the opening set, but Erskine (2-10, 2-6) used a 5-0 run to lead 11-8. After the Crusaders took two of the next three points to close within 12-10, four straight Flying Fleet points made the score 16-10. With the lead still six, 19-13, The Abbey mounted a furious comeback, gaining five straight and seven of the next eight points to tie the set at 20. But Erskine regained the momentum with back-to-back kills enroute to a 25-22 victory.

The second set was even at 15-all, when Belmont Abbey scored four of the next five points for a 19-16 lead. But again Erskine rallied, tallying seven of the next eight points for a 23-20 advantage. The Crusaders scored two in a row to cut the lead to 23-22, but the Flying Fleet answered right back for another 25-22 win.

In the third, Erskine broke a 10-10 tie with a 4-1 run, then used five straight points to push a 17-15 lead to 22-15. The set ended 25-18 in favor of the hosts.

The Crusaders continue their five-game road swing with a trip to Mount Olive and Barton next weekend, March 3-4.