BELMONT, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey hit .234 with an even distribution of kills, lifting the Crusaders to a 3-0 victory (25-21, 25-21 victory) over North Greenville Saturday afternoon at the Wheeler Center. The win gave The Abbey a weekend sweep in conference play and improved the team's record to 3-8, 2-1 in Conference Carolinas play.
Offensive attack was a total team effort as no one reached double figures, but 10 players tallied at least one. Lydia Sale led the way off the bench with nine, hitting .389, while Coreen Norwood and Hannah Dubas each added seven kills. Sarah Kenney recorded 22 digs, while Gabby Martinez and Cassidy Bonito shared passing duties with 17 and 11 assists, respectively.
Belmont Abbey took game one by a 25-21 score, making its move in the middle of the set. Down 15-11, Dubas had back-to-back kills to start a 4-0 run that tied the game at 15. The teams traded points until 18-18 when the Crusaders got an ace from Dubas and a kill from Aimee Cloninger to move ahead by two. After a NGU tally, a kill from Norwood and a Martinez ace pushed the lead back to three, 22-19. NGU fought off one match point, but had a service error on the final point to give BAC the win.
The second set saw Belmont Abbey down 11-10 before a 3-0 run turned into 9-3, making the score 19-14. North Greenville closed to within 19-17 and 22-20, but Norwood had a pair of kills in the final three points to spark the 25-23 decision.
The final set was the most decisive as Belmont Abbey led 9-7 when it scored four straight points to start a 7-2 run. Later, with the score 18-14, kills by Bonito and Carie Valentine pushed the lead to six. NGU saved one match point at 24-21, but Fortunato knocked home the match winner at the net.
Belmont Abbey travels to Lees-McRae on Wednesday before returning home for another set of conference matches next weekend.