BELMONT, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey posted its second-best hitting performance of the season at .258 and three Crusaders reached double figures in kills in a 3-0 victory over Southern Wesleyan Friday night at the Wheeler Center. The final scores for the home opener were 25-21, 25-23, 26-24.
Mackenzie Chrapliwy tallied 15 kills and a .294 percentage, while Alexandra Henriott and Coreen Norwood registered 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Gabby Martinez led the way with 32 assists, while Sarah Kenney had 23 of the team's 57 digs. Belmont Abbey held a 5-2 advantage in blocks, with Henriott and Norwood each tallying three.
The Crusaders (2-8, 1-1) started slow, trailing 7-1 out of the gate, but later closed the gap to 13-11. Kenney won three points her serve to put the Crusaders ahead by one, before three straight BAC points gave it the lead for good, 18-15. The Warriors climbed to within one at 22-21, but and attack error and two Henriott serves -- including an ace on set point -- led to a 25-21 victory.
The second set again saw Belmont Abbey trailing for much of the time, including 23-21. But Leah Gunter served four straight points to lift the Crusaders to a come-from-behind win and a 2-0 lead.
After SWU scored the first four points of the third set, Belmont Abbey evened the score at 8-8. Later, down 11-10, the Crusaders tallied four straight points for a 14-11 lead, and stretched that to 20-15. The Warriors were not done, though, tying the set at 22, 23 and 24. But Chrapliwy took back-to-back passes from Martinez and executed kills for the Crusader victory.
Belmont Abbey returns to action tomorrow when it hosts North Greenville at 2 p.m. in the Wheeler Center.