MISENHEIMER, N.C. - The Pfeiffer Falcons (0-15, 0-14 CC) picked up a season -high two sets and were on the brink of match victory but the Belmont-Abbey Crusaders (5-16, 4-10 CC) were able to battle back to take match three games to two. Evan Blair and Hunter Gray were able to set new career-highs. Blair set career-best with 22 kills and Hunter Gray had 42 assists.
With set one tied at 13-13, Blair was able to rally off five consecutive points, as he was responsible for four of those with two aces and two kills. The Crusaders took the next four points and took the lead 18-17.
After trading points, as the score was tied at 24-24, Pfeiffer was able to take the next three points and the set, 26-24.
With the Falcons up 13-12 in set two, Belmont Abbey was able to rally off four consecutive points to go up 16-13.
Later in the set, a Corbin Keller kill along with two Crusader errors pushed the Falcon lead to three. Again both teams traded points until the Falcons were able secure the last two points on two more Abbey errors and as they were able to pull out the win 28-26.
The Crusaders were able to pull out the match victory with wins in the last three sets as they won (25-17, 25-18, 15-10).
In all five sets on Tuesday's match, the Falcons were able to hit positive on the evening but still were out hit, .316 to .140.
Pfeiffer returns to action on Saturday as they host Limestone at 2 p.m. in Merner Gymnasium.