Defending OVC Tournament Champions, the No. 2 ranked Belmont Bruins (19-14), fell to four sets against No.7 ranked SIUE Cougars (13-17) in the first round of the OVC Tournament Thursday.
Alex Martin finished the game with 15 kills, and Allison McCoy with 10.
The Cougars started off the game with two quick points and the scoring for the Bruins began with a kill from Senior Hannah Miranda.
A lot of early rallying kept the Bruins closely behind but the Cougars took the first set, 25-16.
In the back-and-forth second set, the largest scoring gap was two points for the majority of the set.
The Bruins once again held close behind the Cougars at 21-20 but four unanswered points led to the Cougars taking set two for a 2-0 lead.
After the break, the Cougars began the scoring but the Bruins took the lead at point 4 off an ace from Senior libero Jaime Lundstrom, transferring the momentum to the Bruins.
The Bruins battled through the third set to earn the win, 25-19.
The Cougars opened the fourth set with two kills but the Bruins battled back with four unanswered points to tie the set 7-7.
A 3-point lead for the Bruins at 13-10 forced the Cougars to call a timeout. Later in the set, a Bruin 5-point lead forced the Cougars to call their second timeout at 18-13.
After the timeout, the Cougars scored five unanswered points to tie the game 18-18.
The Cougars broke away leading to a match point and the Bruins eventually fell in the fourth set, 25-21.
The Bruins finish their season with a winning overall record of 19-14.