MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey gained a crucial road win at Mount Olive Friday night, winning 3-0 by the slimmest of margins -- 27-25, 25-23, 25-23. The Crusaders hit a season-high .422, the fourth-best performance in school history.
Belmont Abbey improves to 12-10 overall and 7-6 in Conference Carolinas play, while the Trojans fall to 9-14, 8-6.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Liam Maxwell tallied 18 kills and just three errors to hit .429.
- Andrew Kohut also reached double figures in kills with 13 (.579 hitting) and added seven digs.
- Brennan Davis registered 42 kills, tying the school record for assists in a three-set match. He added six digs and a block.
- Daniel Cerqua posted a team-best eight digs.
- Mount Olive also had a strong hitting performance, reaching .303 with 41 kills.
- In the opening set, Belmont Abbey fell behind 11-5 and later trailed 19-13 before rallying. Five straight points started a 7-1 run that evened the score at 20. After the teams traded points to a 23-22 UMO lead, back-to-back kills by Maxwell gave the Crusaders their first set point. The Trojans saved it and two more at 24-23 and 25-24, but The Abbey broke a 25-25 tie with kills by Maxwell and Kohut.
- The second set also saw a battle to 23-23 when Maxwell's kill and an attack error led to a 25-23 victory.
- Belmont Abbey created some breathing room in the final set, using a 9-4 run to turn a 10-9 advantage into 19-13. The Trojans scored three straight to close to within 21-18, then used a 4-1 run to draw within one at 24-23. But Kohut knocked down a pass from Davis and the Crusaders emerged victoriously.
- Belmont Abbey wraps up its busy week of four matches in five days with a trip to North Greenville tomorrow night.
- The Abbey sits in fifth place, just one-half game behind Mount Olive and North Greenville. Top four seeds host quarterfinal matches in the conference tournament in two weeks.
- North Greenville won the first meeting 3-0 in Belmont on Feb. 19.