BELMONT, N.C. -- Mackenzie Chrapliwy had 11 kills and just one error and Lexi Henriott and Coreen Norwood combined for 13 kills and no errors, leading Belmont Abbey to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-19) women's volleyball victory over King Wednesday night at the Wheeler Center. The Crusaders hit .280 as a team, including an impressive .359 during a very tight second set.
Cassidy Bonito posted a double-double of 33 assists and 10 digs, while Sarah Kenney led the defensive effort with 16 digs. Brianna Morgheim chipped in 11 digs, while Chrapliwy added nine. King (4-6, 1-2) was led by Cathy Scaniffe, who had 15 kills and eight digs.
Belmont Abbey (6-4, 2-1) bolted to an 8-2 lead in game one, but the Tornado forced a tie game at 13. The teams traded points all the way to 21-21 when the Crusaders capitalized on four straight errors (two attack and two ball handling) for the 25-21 victory. In the second set, the biggest lead for both teams was three, first The Abbey at 10-7, then King at 15-12. The Tornado led 19-17 when the Crusaders rallied again. Back-to-back points tied the set at 19, but the visitors went back ahead 22-20. But Chrapliwy had kills on three of the next four points before a timing error on an attack by King put the Crusaders up 2-0.
A 5-1 start to the third gave The Abbey enough cushion to close out the match, although King rallied from a 17-7 deficit to within 19-15. The Crusaders won the next two points en route to the 25-19 decision.
Belmont Abbey continues its homestand on Saturday at 12 noon when it welcomes Lees-McRae to the Wheeler Center.