Belmont Abbey sophomore Hannah Schellenberg led three Crusaders in double figure kills with 16 as the Crusaders women's volleyball team extended its winning streak to five with a 3-1 victory at Mount Olive this afternoon. Set scores were 26-24, 21-25, 25-13 and 25-23. The win improves the Abbey's record to 11-3 overall and 5-1 in Conference Carolinas, while the Trojans drop to 6-10 overall and 3-3 in league play.
One night after recording 21 kills, Schellenberg, who also tied for the match-high with 19 digs, totaled 16 on 41 attempts with four errors (.293). Caitlin Hankins added 14 on 23 attacks with one error (.565) and senior Lydia Schellenberg finished with ten kills. Belmont Abbey hit .293 for the match and limited Mount Olive to a .131 attack as the Crusaders totaled 70 digs and 18 block assists. Gabby Martinez handed out 29 assists, two shy of her career-high, while Abby Stine finished with 19 and eight digs.
Hannah Schellenberg totaled 19 of the Abbey's 70 digs, while libero Ana Maria Pagan recorded 17 and Lydia Schellenberg registered 12.
The first set went extra points as the Abbey outlasted the Trojans 26-24 as the Crusaders rallied back from a 20-14 deficit. After an error by Fortunato knotted the set at 24, a Lydia Schellenberg kill and block assists from Jensen and Fortunato ended the set to give the Abbey the early advantage.
In the second set the Trojans bolted out to a 9-4 lead before the Abbey stormed back to win the next six points and deadlock the set at ten. Mount Olive answered right back with six unanswered to move ahead 16-10 and would lead by as much as 23-18. Three straight Crusader points-a kill from Hannah Schellenberg and consecutive Trojans errors-brought the Abbey to within two at 23-21, but Mount Olive won the next two points to even the match at one.
The third set was all Crusaders, as they raced out to a 14-6 edge and would lead by as much as 21-12. Mount Olive would only score one more point in the set, as the Abbey ended the frame on a kill by Hannah Schellenberg and an Abby Stine ace, one of her two on the afternoon.
The final set was more evenly played, as no lead was greater than four points. Lang ended the match with a kill, the last of her four on the afternoon, to seal the win.