FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. - The Emmanuel College men's volleyball team dropped two matches this weekend, bringing their record to 4-10 overall, 1-6 in conference.
On Friday night against Webber International, the Lions put forth a solid offense, but lacked the consistency needed to defeat their opponent.
Emmanuel finished with a .299 hitting percentage behind a combined 60 kills. The Lions also had more digs and twice as many blocks as the Warriors, but couldn't top them in the fifth set when everything was on the line. In the final set, Webber International finished with 2 more kills than the Lions, consequently beating them 15-13.
On Saturday afternoon the Lions continued conference play against Belmont Abbey College. In another match that went the distance, the Lions were defeated 3-2.
The Crusaders easily defeated Emmanuel in the first set after posting 14 kills with a .550 hitting percentage. The Lions were hitting in the negative, allowing Belmont Abbey to take the first set, 25-14. The Lions battled back in the second set with a much stronger and consistent offense. After dropping the two opening points, Emmanuel rallied with three straight points behind a Crusader service error followed by back to back kills from Freshman Jonathan Camacho. The Crusaders would tie up the set one more time before Emmanuel pushed with another three point run. The Lions never looked back and took set two, 25-21.
Set three saw a back and forth battle in the opening 10 points before the Crusaders began to run away. The Lions would fight back late in the set putting up 6 points to the Crusaders' 1, but it was too late as Belmont Abbey captured a 25-20 victory.
Like clockwork the Lions responded in the fourth set. Emmanuel needed to stay alive and they did just that by limiting their attack errors to just one. Despite a Crusader lead for most of the set, the Lions rallied at the end to take set four, 25-22.
Emmanuel opened the fifth set with the first point from a Crusader attack error. That would be the last time of the night the Lions had the lead. Belmont Abbey would go on a run to lead the Lions 3-1. Emmanuel would respond with two more points to tie it up before the Crusaders would run away with the lead again. Once more the Lions would push back with three straight kills to tie up the set 6-6, but the Crusaders would respond with four straight points. The Lions were able to get within one point of the crusaders again, but fell short as Belmont Abbey took the fifth set, 15-12.
Don Thompson led Emmanuel with 17 kills.
Next up, the Lions will be on the road against Erskine College on Tuesday, February 19th.
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