HARTSVILLE, S.C. – With the score tied at 19 and the momentum in favor of Belmont Abbey, Ricardo Ferrer stepped to the service line and dished up four straight aces to propel the Coker men's volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over the Crusaders on Wednesday (Feb. 27) night.
The action started in favor of Belmont Abbey after they took control of the first set 25-22.
Coker responded in the second set, and battled with the Crusaders to a 12-12 tie. The Cobras then took the next 7-of-9 points to lead the set 19-14. Belmont Abbey would fight back within two, but Coker would prevail 25-23 to tie the game at one set each.
In the third set the Cobras wasted little time as they jumped out to a 17-10 lead. Belmont Abbey would call a timeout to try to slow the pace, but Coker again prevailed for the second straight set with a 25-18 win.
Coker quickly jumped out to a 6-0 lead on the Crusaders early in the fourth set. The momentum however, would quickly shift in favor of Belmont Abbey as they took the next 10-of-13 points from the Cobras. The Crusaders continued their scoring spree, and Coker found themselves down 18-13.
Thanks to back-to-back errors from the Crusaders and a kill by Luke Hansen, the Cobras closed the gap to just two points. Ferrer would then take control at the service line as Coker went on to win the fourth and final set by a score of 25-22.
As a team the Cobras landed 50-kills, and tallied 37-digs. Coker also had seven blocks on the night along with 48-assists.
Hansen lead the match with 19-kills. Jared Geizer was second in that category with nine of his own, followed by James Joseph with eight. Cooper Lyon racked up 12-digs, along with Devion Whetstone and Hansen who had seven each. Ferrer lead the game with assists (41), service aces (4), and blocked shots (3).
The Coker men's volleyball team will host Lees-McRae this Saturday (Mar. 2) in Conference Carolinas competition. The game is set for a 4:00 p.m. start time.
Player of the Game: Ricardo Ferrer.