BELMONT, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey capped an undefeated weekend Saturday, taking matches from Converse and Piedmont International as part of a tri-match at the Wheeler Center. Following last night's win over Limestone, the Crusaders (17-9, 8-2) have now won three straight and 15 of their last 18 matches.
The Abbey opened with a 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-20) victory over the Valkaries, before sweeping the Bruins 25-11, 25-12, 25-13.
- Mackenzie Chrapliwy posted her sixth double-double of 13 kills and 19 digs, while Lydia Sale also reached double figures in kills with 10.
- Cassidy Bonito dished out 38 assists, while Sarah Kenney and Leah Gunter recorded 19 and 11 digs, respectively.
- The Crusaders hit .116 compared to Converse's .044. Each team had 10 services aces, while they combined for 135 digs.
- Converse used five straight points to turn an early 11-10 lead into a six-point edge. Belmont Abbey cut the deficit to two on four occasions, but could never get closer.
- In the second set, the Crusaders used a 9-1 run to break open a close 4-3 contest. After Converse cut in the margin to 19-17, BAC pulled away to even the match at one set each.
- The third set was was close throughout, with the score tied at 20-20 when Belmont Abbey scored three straight. But after two service errors in the final four points gave the set to The Abbey.
- The fourth set featured an 11-2 run after the visitors captured the first two points. At 19-11, Converse rattled off four straight points, then cut the lead to 23-20. But The Abbey with the final two points to claim victory.
- Belmont Abbey used all 21 healthy players on its roster.
- The Crusaders hit .311 to the Bruins' -.012.
- Chrapliwy and Morghsime led the offense with eight kills each. Bonito tallied 28 assists and four aces, while Kenney registered nine digs.
- Belmont Abbey closes out its regular-season home schedule on Tuesday against Lees-McRae. The Crusaders are in position to host an opening-round conference tournament game and still have a shot at the overall No. 1 seed.