FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. - Senior Julie de Blanck's sixteen kills wasn't enough to take down Belmont Abbey as the Emmanuel College women's volleyball team dropped their first conference match of the season. Against the Crusaders, the Lions lost 28-26, 25-27, 20-25, 25-16, 12-15.
Both teams battled it out in the first two sets, bringing them into overtime. In the first set, the Lions were down 25-20 before going on a five point run. A big Kill from De Blanck tied the match at 20-20. The Crusaders would side out again and put themselves in a good position at match point, 24-22. Unshaken, the Lions would come from behind to take the first set 28-26.
The Crusaders grabbed a lead early in the second set and maintained it for nearly the whole duration. In similar fashion to set one, the Lions began to make a comeback towards the end. Facing a 24-20 deficit, the Lions were able to tie up the set again at 25-25. Belmont Abbey would make one last push with back to back kills to take the second set 27-25.
The third set was all Belmont Abbey as they grabbed their biggest lead of the night at 17-11. The Lions couldn't catch up and gave the set away 20-25.
While Emmanuel didn't look to hot on the stat sheet in set four, it happened to be their largest margin of victory, in large part to the Crusaders poor -.056 hitting percentage. Emmanuel took the fourth set 25-16.
In the final set, Emmanuel came out with guns blazing. A huge kill from Junior Mia McKensey followed by an error from the Crusaders gave the Lions all the momentum. One last kill from Junior Jessica Gray would put the Lions at their largest lead of the set 9-6. Belmont Abbey would follow up with a crucial kill, shifting the momentum completely to their side. Four consecutive errors later, the Lions found themselves in a pit they were unable to crawl out of. De Blanck would have one last kill before the Crusaders marched away with a 15-12 victory.
This loss bring the Lions' record to 9-7 overall, 4-1 conference.
The ladies will continue action tomorrow, September 29th when they take on conference opponent Lees-McRae. The home game is set for 2:00pm.
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