BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Four Belmont Abbey players posted double-doubles Friday night, lifting the Crusaders to a 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 27-25, 25-15) victory in Conference Carolinas women's volleyball action.
Mackenzie Chrapliwy earned her seventh double-double of the year with 16 kills and 13 digs, while Lexi Henriott gained the first of her career by tallying 10 kills and season-high 17 digs. A 10-kill, 10-dig effort by Lydia Sale was her second double-double of the season, while Cassidy Bonito recorded 45 assists and 10 digs.
With the win, the Crusaders clinched a spot in next month's Conference Carolinas Tournament.
Belmont Abbey led 11-5 in the opening set, but Lees-McRae scored three in a row to cut the deficit in half. The score was 22-18 in favor of the Crusaders when the Bobcats rallied. They scored six in a row to lead by two, 24-22, then answered a BAC point with the winner.
In the second set, the Crusaders also started strong, breaking open a 10-9 score with five straight points. With the score 20-15, The Abbey earned set point with a 4-0 run to lead 24-15, but LMC again tried to rally. It saved four set points before a kill by Lanie Healey ended the set 25-19 and evened the match at 1-1.
The third set was tightly contested the entire time. Belmont Abbey led 4-1 before Lees-McRae scored five straight for a 6-4 advantage. The Crusader held an 18-14 lead when the Bobcats again used a run, tallying five in a row of their own for a 19-18 advantage. The teams were tied at every point until 25-25, when a kill by Chrapliwy and an ace by Bonito put Belmont Abbey up two sets to one.
The Crusaders only trailed at 1-0 in the fourth set. They scored three straight and seven of the next 10 points for a 7-4 lead. The advantage was 10-7 when five points in a row around Madison Donnelly's serve stretched the margin to eight. Another 3-0 run later pushed the lead to 19-9, then three straight points later set up the first match point, 24-13. LMC survived twice, but the BAC closed thing out on a Sale kill, 25-15.
The Crusaders wrap up their weekend road trip tomorrow afternoon at King.