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Giller tallies career-high for Abbey...

Jan 23, 2020 01:34PM

Gage Giller (#4) tallied a career-high eight kills and Belmont Abbey held Tusculum to a negative hitting percentage, lifting the Crusaders to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-23) men’s college volleyball win last Saturday afternoon in the Wheeler Center. The match was the 2020 home opener for The Abbey.

The Abbey (2-3) hit .183 as a team with 28 kills and 15 errors in 71 attempts. The Pioneers, 1-5 in their first year as a program, had 17 kills and 24 errors in 70 tries (-.100).

How It Happened

Giller connected at a .238 clip with eight kills and three errors in 21 tries. William Morris and Carter Eck had five kills each. Brennan Davis dished out 18 assists, while adding a team-high seven digs. He also had a service ace and two blocks (one solo, one assist). Daniel Cerqua and Morris each made four digs. In the opening set, Belmont Abbey scored the first three points and 11 of the first 15. In the second, another 3-0 start led to a early 11-4 advantage. The third was the most contested points-wise. The Crusaders opened the set with a 4-0 run and built a 19-12 lead. The Pioneers scored four in a row to close to within 19-16, then answered two BAC points with six in a row to lead 22-21. However, the Crusaders stopped the run and scored four of the last five for the 25-23 victory. 

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