BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Mackenzie Chrapliwy tallied 11 kills and nine digs and Belmont Abbey held Lees-McRae to a negative hitting percentage, lifting the Crusaders to a 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-20) Conference Carolinas women's volleyball victory Tuesday night. The win was the fifth straight for The Abbey, their longest success streak of the year.
SETTING THE SCENE
- The match was originally scheduled for Sept. 15, but rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence.
- Belmont Abbey improves to 10-7 overall and 5-1 in league play. The Bobcats fall to 3-15, 0-4.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Chrapliwy was the only player to reach double figures in kills, but Brianna Morgheim tallied seven. Andie Meredith and Lanie Healey had six kills each.
- Cassidy Bonito posted 30 assists and nine digs, while Sarah Kenney posted a team-best 11 digs. Hailey Ryan also tallied nine digs.
- The first set turned on a 13-2 run by the Crusaders after a 2-2 tie. In the second set, The Abbey tallied the first seven points on Bonito's serve, then ended the set on a 12-7 surge.
- The final set also looked to be decisive with the Crusaders opening with six straight points. Later, LMC scored five points in a row to even the score at 14, but BAC got back-to-back kills to start a 5-1 run.
- Belmont Abbey hit just .067 in the first set, but topped .200 (.231 and .240) over the next two. Lees-McRae was negative in the first two sets (-.133 and -.025) before reaching positive territory in the third (.095).
- Belmont Abbey returns home for three matches this weekend. The Crusaders host Southern Wesleyan on Friday and a tri-match with North Greenville and Chowan on Saturday.