Sports Roundup

Former Southern Volleyball Star Liam Maxwell Surpasses 500 Kills at Belmont Abbey

Mar 14, 2018
Courtesy of: Belmont Abbey Athletics

During his four years with the Southern Regional boys volleyball team, most teams in New Jersey had a difficult time stopping, or even slowing down, Liam Maxwell from racking up loads of kills. It seems many teams in NCAA Division II haven’t found any answers, either.

On March 6, the Belmont Abbey sophomore crushed his 500th career kill during a 3-1 loss to Coker College. With 501 kills to date, Maxwell already ranks third on the Crusaders’ career kills list.

After registering 243 kills last season, Maxwell this season has 258, averaging 3.97 kills per set – both numbers atop the Conference Carolinas individual leaderboard. Heading into this week’s action, Maxwell also had the second-most kills among players in Division I and II, with only University of California-San Diego’s Tyler Syftestad ahead of him with 310.

Maxwell has recorded highs this season of 26 and 24 kills during victories over Erskine College (Feb. 9) and North Greenville University (Feb. 21). He also leads the team with 26 service aces and is second on the team with 99 digs.

Former Rams Become Track All-Americans

It was a big weekend for two former Southern Regional track athletes competing in the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships at Birmingham, Ala., March 9-10. While Coast Guard Academy freshman Kaitlyn Mooney secured individual and relay All-America honors, Rowan University senior Nick Nocco helped snag a relay All-America spot as the Profs swiped third as a team in the national meet.

Finishing fourth in the distance medley relay, Nocco teamed with Kevin Veltre, Justin Bishop and Nick Neville to clock a combined time of 9:58.49, about a half-second behind Middlebury College.

As for Mooney, she continued to tear up records. After running to fourth during the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in the fall, the freshman sensation delivered another outstanding effort in the 3,000-meter run at the Indoor Championships, breaking her own school record by almost six seconds and crossing the finish line in fifth with a time of 9:40.81.

A day earlier, Mooney anchored the distance medley relay with Anita Green, Anna Beck and Ashlee Johnson to a seventh-place time of 11:50.97, breaking their school record by almost a second and becoming the first relay in program history to earn All-America honors.

Former Wildcat in National Tourney

After playing a very limited role during his freshman season last year, former Pinelands Regional basketball standout Luke Stambaugh saw more time on the court for the Lebanon Valley men’s hoops team this season. As part of a Flying Dutchmen squad that captured the MAC Commonwealth Conference Championship, Stambaugh and his teammates on March 2 played in their first NCAA Division III Tournament game since 2005.

In an 83-63 loss to Middlebury, Lebanon Valley concluded an 18-10 season. Stambaugh, of Little Egg Harbor, played 10 minutes and scored his only point on a free throw. He also gave out two assists and snagged a rebound.

For the season, Stambaugh played in 25 of the Dutchmen’s 28 contests, scoring 77 points on 23 field goals, including 19 three-pointers, and 12 foul shots for an average of 3.1 points per game. He also handed out 17 assists and snatched 22 boards.

Southern’s Braddock Races to Fifth

Southern Regional freshman runner Jackson Braddock culminated a fantastic indoor track season with an impressive race in the freshman mile of the New Balance Nationals Indoor Championships at the New York Armory on March 11. Braddock, of Ship Bottom, placed fifth with a time of 4:30.25, just 0.48 behind Azaan Dawson of New Haven, Conn., and 0.71 behind third-place finisher Ian Sellors of Mechanicsville, Va. Nathan Green of Boise, Idaho, won the race in 4:24.75, and Jersey City’s Edwin Klanke took second in 4:28.38.

— David Biggy

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