Men's Volleyball Sweeps Belmont Abbey For 12th Straight Victory

Men's Volleyball Sweeps Belmont Abbey For 12th Straight Victory

Mount Olive extended its school record winning streak to 12 matches and maintained a two-game lead in Conference Carolinas Tuesday night, sweeping Belmont Abbey 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 in men's volleyball play at Belmont, N.C.

Angel Dache delivered a game-high 17 kills, one of four Trojans in double figures as Mount Olive (18-3 Overall, 12-0 Conference Carolinas) remained perfect in conference play and swept its fifth consecutive opponent. Adam Miracle added 12 kills, while Alex Rivero had 10.

In the opening game, the teams were tied 8-8 when the Trojans went on a 6-0 run to open up breathing room.

A Belmont Abbey service error got things started for the Trojans. Miracle followed with a kill, and then the Crusaders committed three consecutive attack errors. A kill by Lewis Einarson capped off the run that left Mount Olive ahead 14-8.

The Crusaders (9-16, 3-9) trimmed the lead to as close as two on a kill by Nolan Albrecht and a Trojan attack error. Three consecutive Miracle kills, all with Ben Casado assists pushed the advantage to 20-15, then Dache delivered a kill and two service aces to put the game away.

In the second set, the Crusaders refused to let Mount Olive pull away. In the early going, it appeared the Trojans were going to cruise to a 2-0 advantage. Two kills by Miracle, one from Dache and two Belmont Abbey attack errors gave the Trojans a 12-7 lead.

The lead was six when Belmont Abbey came storming back. Though they never led, the Crusaders kept Mount Olive within arm's reach. Belmont Abbey closed within one point three times, the last at 21-20. An attack error and an Einarson kill pushed the lead to 23-20, then a Rivero kill and a Dache block gave Mount Olive a commanding lead.

In the clincher, the Crusaders came out hot. Four consecutive points, including two aces by Griffin O'Camb and kills by Brandon Kimbrell gave Belmont Abbey a 6-4 cushion. Mount Olive responded with a 4-0 run of its own. Rivero had an ace, Dache had two kills and Tim Ebbecke delivered a block.

The teams bounced back and forth for much of the game. When Nolan Albrecht delivered a kill for the Crusaders, they were even again at 19-19. Mount Olive took control again as Dache had a kill and Belmont Abbey followed with three errors to set up match point.

Quaid Marin finished with 26 assists for the Trojans, while Casado finished with 16. Dan Arnold added 12 digs.
Albrecht and O'Camb had 10 kills apiece for Belmont Abbey.

The Trojans return to Kornegay Arena for their first home contest in three weeks when Limestone comes to Mount Olive for a 2 p.m. match Saturday.