MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Battling through late season injuries, Belmont University Volleyball turned in a tough final regular season appearance on the road but were held off. The Bruins (5-23, 5-11 OVC) fell on the road at Morehead State (20-9, 11-5 OVC), 3-0, on Saturday afternoon.
After trading the early points, the Eagles opened the first set with a 5-0 run to go up 6-2, forcing the Bruins to call for their first timeout of the frame. All told, Morehead State put together an 11-2 run to take control of the set. Despite impressive kills from sophomore Huntir Bass (Mobile, Ala.) and senior Maggie Mullins (Nashville, Tenn.), BU looked to slow its opponent and called for a huddle session trailing, 17-8. Unfortunately, Belmont was unable to find a solution down the stretch and fell, 25-15.
The Bruins came out stronger to start the second stanza using kills by freshman Mary Catherine Ball (Hendersonville, N.C.) and Carly Mason (Forsyth, Ill.) to knot the score, 6-6. Morehead State surged and pulled ahead by four, 11-7, pushing Belmont to call for a timeout to strategize. BU gained steam and pushed MSU to call for a timeout after a service ace from freshman Faith Cobaugh (Union, Ky.) trimmed the point differential to four, 18-14. Cobaugh drilled a second consecutive ace after the brief break, hoping to spark her teammates in the waning points. A pair of kills by Mullins kept BU within four but Morehead State had already crossed the 20-point threshold. The Eagles used a late to take the frame, 25-19.
The third stanza saw the Bruins take a slim lead early behind a pair of block assists by sophomores Akia Warrior (Ft. Worth, Texas) and Bass, 6-5. Belmont kept it tight, knotting the score, 8-8, but Morehead State answered and rolled off four straight points. The flurry saw BU call for a huddle session, down 14-8. Belmont continued to work to break the four-point differential through the midpoint of the frame. However, MSU used a 3-0 run to expand its lead, 19-13, forcing the Bruins to use their final timeout of the set. A 4-0 run put victory within reach for Morehead State even with a hard kill from Ball that halted the scoring flurry. The Eagles went on to take the set, 25-17.
For the day, Mullins had nine kills, while Ball and Taylor Floyd (Louisville, Ky.) each added six. Mason posted 25 assists and Cobaugh had a pair of service aces. Floyd led the Bruins in digs with 13 followed by senior Haley Sullivan (Lemont, Ill.) and Mullins with seven. Bass and Warrior tallied three block assists each.
Belmont concludes the 2018 regular season with a 5-23 mark overall and with a 5-11 record in Ohio Valley Conference play.