BELMONT, N.C. -- Six different Crusaders tallied at least five kills as Belmont Abbey took over first-place in the Conference Carolinas North Division Friday night with a 3-1 (25-13, 25-22, 23-25, 25-13) victory over Limestone at the Wheeler Center. Combined with Barton's 3-0 loss to South Division leader Emmanuel, The Abbey leap-frogged the Bulldogs at 7-2 in league play, 15-9 overall.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The win was the 12th in 16 matches for the Crusaders.
- Cassidy Bonito hit .368 with nine kills, while also dishing out 30 assists. Mackenzie Chrapliwy tallied seven kills, while Lydia Sale added six. Brianna Morgheim, Lanie Healey and Andie Meredith each had five.
- Sarah Kenney registered 15 digs, with Chrapliwy chipping in nine and Bonito eight.
- In the first set, the Crusaders hit .400 with 12 kills and only two errors. The score was 13-10 in favor of The Abbey when it ran off three straight to start an 8-1 run. The Crusaders opened with a 25-13 decision.
- The second set started in the same fashion as BAC bolted to a 15-8 lead. But five straight by Limestone cut the deficit to two, 15-13. The lead was 23-19 when the Saints tried to rally again, closing to 23-22. But a kills by Morgheim and Carie Jane Valentine ended the set.
- Limestone (10-9, 7-4) opened the third set with a 6-0 run, but the Crusaders tied the match at 12 and scored the next point for their first lead. The score was 23-22 when the Saints scored three straight to force a fourth set.
- After starting the fourth set in a 4-4 tie, the Crusaders rode the serve of Keifer Zimmerman for six in a row and later saw Kenney engineer another six straight on her serve, turning a 13-9 lead into 19-9. The hosts cruised to the 25-13 victory.
- Seven Belmont Abbey seniors were recognized for their involvement in the program: Julia Monash, Brittany Oehlhof, Bridget Wilkinson, Leah Gunter, Zimmerman, Kenney, and Sale.
- Belmont Abbey hosts a tri-match with Converse and Piedmont International tomorrow beginning at 2 p.m. The Crusaders and Valkyries face on in a league match in the opener while the two visitors play at 4. Action concludes at 6 when BAC faces the Bruins.