Chrapliwy Records Double-Double in Championship Setback

Chrapliwy Records Double-Double in Championship Setback

WILSON, N.C. -- Mackenzie Chrapliwy posted a double-double of 11 kills and 10 digs, but a .075 hitting percentage was too much to overcome against top-seeded Barton on Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs defended their 2016 title at home with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-15) victory over the Crusaders.

Cassidy Bonito registered 29 assists, while Sarah Kenney and Lydia Sale each reached double figures in digs with 12 and 10, respectively.

Belmont Abbey opened the match with four straight points after falling behind 1-0, but Barton quickly answered with the same run for a 5-4 lead. The Crusaders tallied back-to-back points to for a 6-5 margin, but another 4-0 spurt by the Bulldogs gave them the lead, 9-6.

A kill by Bonito trimmed the margin to two, but Barton answered with five of the next six points for a 14-8 lead. The spread was still six at 18-12, when the Bulldogs made another surge. They scored four of five to lead by nine, 22-13, before the Crusaders rallied with a 4-1 run of its own. However, the deficit was too much to overcome as Barton took the first set 25-18.

Belmont Abbey fell behind 4-0 at the start of the second and trailed 9-5 when it rallied. Five straight points put the Crusaders ahead 10-9, before the teams traded point to 11-11. A pair of kills by Brianna Morgheim and another by Bonito put The Abbey up 14-11, then the lead was extended to 16-12 after a block by Chrapliwy and Coreen Norwood.

However, the Bulldogs answered with six straight and nine of 11 points for a 21-18 advantage before things tightened up. The Crusaders scored two in a row to trail 21-20 before each team added a point. A service error and kill put the Bulldogs at set point, 24-21, but The Abbey saved two to trail 24-23. However, a timeout settled the Bulldogs and they gained a kill to take the second set, 25-23.

In the third set, Barton broke a 6-6 tie with three straight points and never trailed again. The Crusaders closed to within 10-9, but another 3-0 run was extended to 10-1, essential clinching the match.

Bonito and Chrapliwy were named to the all-tournament team at the conclusion of the match.

The Crusaders conclude the season with a 17-12 record.