Crusaders Drop Pair of Friday Volleyball Matches

Crusaders Drop Pair of Friday Volleyball Matches

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Belmont Abbey battled to the wire in several sets, but a King and Quincy both posted 3-0 victories over the Crusaders in men's volleyball action Friday evening. The Crusaders started play with a 25-19, 26-24, 25-19 Conference Carolinas setback against the Tornado before falling to the Hawks 25-11, 27-25, 25-23.

Belmont Abbey falls to 4-14, 3-9 with the losses. The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday at Lees-McRae.

King 3, Belmont Abbey 0

Liam Maxwell and Gavin Schaffer each tallied eight kills, while Robert Dixon added five kills to lead The Abbey. Pierce Pliapol was credited with 25 assists, while David Radozzewski led the defensive effort with 10 digs.

In the first set, King (20-2, 10-1) broke an 18-18 tie with four straight points, then responded from a service error with three in a row for a 25-19 victory. Belmont Abbey trailed 22-19 in the second set, but a 4-0 run put the Crusaders ahead. The teams traded points for a 24-23 score, but the Tornado used three straight points for the second set win.

In the finale, King used a 4-0 run to turn a 5-3 advantage to 9-3. It then won five of the next seven points to seize control, 14-5. The Crusaders closed to with four three times over the remainder of the set, but the Tornado closed out the match 25-19.

Quincy 3, Belmont Abbey 0

Robert Nixon tallied 12 kills and Bryce Sullivan added 30 assists in the nightcap.

Quincy started strong, opening an 8-1 lead early in the match. The lead increased to 21-7, then the Hawks closed out the set 25-11. Belmont Abbey led 20-16 in the second, then gained set point at 24-21. But QU tied the score at 24-all. After a Crusaders point, the Hawks tallied three more points for for the 27-25 victory.

Quincy (5-14) tallied the first four points of the third set, then held that lead to 19-15. The Crusaders forged back, scoring five in a row to take the lead, 20-19. The Hawks rallied for a 24-22 lead before a service error by each team ended the match.