Crusaders Drop Five-Set Thriller Against Southern Wesleyan

Crusaders Drop Five-Set Thriller Against Southern Wesleyan

BELMONT, N.C. -- Mackenzie Chrapliwy posted a double-double of 16 kills and 12 digs and Brianna Morgheim added 11 kills, but Belmont Abbey dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 (19-25, 25-20, 19-25, 25-23, 17-15) women's volleyball decision to Southern Wesleyan Friday night at the Wheeler Center. The result ended a five-game winning streak for the Crusaders.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Cassidy Bonito registered 37 assists, while Sarah Kenney tallied 21 digs.
  • Belmont Abbey broke a 3-3 tie in the early going with a 6-1 run that made the score 9-4. The Crusaders led 24-15 before four straight SWU points, but closed out the set on a service error.
  • Southern Wesleyan evened the match with a 25-20 win in the second set, but The Abbey fought back. They rallied from a 15-11 deficit with three straight points, then answered a Warrior point with three more for a 17-16 lead. With the score 19-all, the Crusaders earned six straight points for a 2-1 sets lead. In the fourth, The Abbey had a 23-19 advantage, but SWU forced the fifth with a 6-0 run.
  • In the final set, SWU lead early 3-1, then 9-6. Belmont Abbey tied the score at 9-9, with ties again at 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. However, the Warriors tallied the next two points to post the victory.
  • Olivia Johnson led Southern Wesleyan with 23 kills, a .208 hitting percentage and 26 digs.
  • Belmont Abbey hit .110 in the match, compared with SWU's .190.

UP NEXT

  • Belmont Abbey has little time to rest as it hosts North Greenville and Chowan in a tri-match tomorrow. The two Crusader squads will square off in a 1 p.m. Conference Carolinas match, followed by NGU and the Hawks at 3. The action concludes with The Abbey facing Chowan at 5.