BELMONT, N.C. -- Liam Maxwell tallied six kills and Pierce Pliapol added 11 assists, but New Jersey Institute of Technology earned a 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-17) men's volleyball victory over Belmont Abbey Wednesday afternoon at the Wheeler Center.
Gavin Schaffer chipped in five kills, while Robert Nixon and Aaron Dierkes each added four kills. Jabarry Goodridge of NJIT (11-17) hit .440 with 15 kills in 25 attempts. Ricardo Whitaker added 28 assists.
Belmont Abbey (4-12) started the match with a 6-3 lead, but NJIT used a 6-2 run to take its first lead. After a Crusader point, the Highlanders added two more points for a 12-10 lead. BAC answered with two points of its own, but NJIT used four straight for a 16-12 advantage. The Crusaders tried to rally, scoring five of the next seven points to trail 18-17, but a pair of kills created enough separation to lead to a 25-21 victory.
The second set started with a 4-2 Belmont Abbey lead, but the Highlanders used a 5-2 run to take the lead. With a 9-8 lead, NJIT scored consecutive points, then responded from a service error with five straight points for a 14-9 lead. The Crusaders cut the margin to four points three times after that, but could never get closer.
NJIT led the third set from start to finish, scoring the first two points enroute to a 7-2 advantage. Belmont Abbey cut the lead to 10-7, but the Highlanders quickly responded with back-to-back points. A 3-0 run later stretched the advantage to 17-10, while four straight points later turned a 19-14 lead to 23-14.
Belmont Abbey returns to action with a pair of matches Friday night. The Crusaders travel to Bristol, Tenn. to face King in Conference Carolinas play at 5 p.m., then take on Quincy in a neutral match at 8 p.m.