BELMONT, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey hit .404 as a team and had 44 digs, leading the Crusaders to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-6, 25-11) sweep of Pfeiffer the women's volleyball home opener Tuesday night. Ten different players had kills for The Abbey, led by Lanie Healey and Brianna Morgheim with seven each against no errors.
Cassidy Bonito had 33 assists, while Sarah Kenney chipped in 17 digs. The Crusaders (4-3) started out slow, dropping the first four points of the match, before rallying for a 5-4 advantage. With the score tied at 8, BAC scored three straight points to start a 10-4 run that led to an 18-12 lead. Lydia Sale closed out the set with the final kill in the 25-18 decision.
The Abbey completely dominated the second set, posting 17 kills and no errors for a .739 hitting percentage. The teams split the first four points, but the Crusaders tallied four straight points for a 6-2 lead. The score was 10-5 when BAC had runs of 8-0 and 7-0 around a service error to post the 25-6 victory.
The third set was almost as equally lopsided. Belmont Abbey scored the first four and eight of the first nine points. The Crusaders led 19-9 and 21-11 before closing out the match with the final four scores.
Pfeiffer, a former Conference Carolinas rival, falls to 0-6 with the defeat. The Falcons were led by Erin Errington's seven kills.
Belmont Abbey begins conference play this weekend with a Friday-Saturday trip to Erskine and Emmanuel. The Crusaders return home next Wednesday against King.