TIGERVILLE, S.C. -- Belmont Abbey hit .314 as a team and took several key points during two lengthy sets during a 3-0 (27-25, 25-19, 26-24) victory over North Greenville in men's volleyball action Thursday night.
The Abbey (4-11, 3-8) spread the offensive attack around with six players registering kills, led by Brennan Beyner with nine. Robert Nixon tallied seven, with Aaron Dierkes adding six. Bryce Sullivan was credited with 28 assists, while Gavin Schaffer added seven digs.
North Greenville broke a 6-6 tie with six straight points and led 16-10 when BAC rallied. Four straight and five of the next six points made the deficit 17-15, then the visitors answered a kill with wo more points for an 18-17 score. Trailing 21-18, The Abbey used a 4-0 run to lead 22-21 and gained set point for the first time at 24-22. NGU stormed back with three straight points, but BAC didn't quit. Austin Quinn tied the score at 25-25 with a kill, then registered an ace for a 26-25 lead. A kill by Nixon ended the set at 27-25.
Belmont Abbey seized control of the second early on, opening with a 10-2 lead. The lead was no less than four points after that, including the last time at 23-19. A kill by Beyner and an attack error by NGU put the visitors up 2-0.
The final set also went past the 25-point threshold. The teams were even at 14 when NGU scored three in a row and six of eight for a 20-16 advantage. Belmont Abbey trailed 23-21 but ran off three straight for its first set point. After the hosts evened the score at 24, A kill by Liam Maxwell and an attack error handed BAC the victory.
After five straight matches on the road, Belmont Abbey returns home on Wednesday against NJIT.