BELMONT, N.C -- Freshman Andrew Kohut posted his first career double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs but Mount Olive pulled away late for a 3-1 (25-16, 19-25, 25-21, 25-23) victory over Belmont Abbey Friday night in Conference Carolinas men's volleyball action at the Wheeler Center. The setback snapped the Crusaders three-game winning streak and left them 5-3 overall, 2-2 in league play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Liam Maxwell led The Abbey in kills with 21, while also adding five digs and two assists.
- Brennan Davis tallied 31 assists and eight digs, while Collin Lockwood also chipped in eight digs.
- Mount Olive (4-6, 4-1) outhit the Crusaders .195 to .152 and also had a 14-9 edge in total blocks.
- The Trojans took control of set one with three straight points to break a 12-12 tie, then scored five in a row to stretch an 18-15 lead to 23-15.
- Belmont Abbey came back strong in the second set, scoring the first 10 points, nine on Brian Long's serve after an opening sideout. Mount Olive could only get within four after that as the Crusaders took the 25-19 decision.
- In the third set, UMO trailed 17-14 and 19-18 before rallying. Three straight points reversed the final deficit, then it answered a kill with another three in a row to seize control.
- Belmont Abbey seemed points to force a deciding set, leading 21-16, but four straight by the Trojans closed the gap. After a service error, they took five of the last six points, including the final three, for the victory.
- Belmont Abbey has a quick turnaround, facing St. Francis (PA) tomorrow night at the Wheeler Center. The match begins at 7 p.m.