Reigning Conference Carolinas Player of the Week Hannah Schellenberg led an offense that hit .388 with 17 kills and ten digs as the Crusaders women's volleyball team won for the sixth-straight time with a 3-0 sweep of the visiting Mount Olive Trojans this evening. Set scores were 25-13, 25-15 and 25-15. Belmont Abbey improves to 12-3 overall and 6-1 in Conference Carolinas, while the Trojans drop to 6-11 overall and 3-4 in Conference Carolinas.
This was the second meeting in three days between the two teams, as the Abbey claimed a 3-1 win at Mount Olive on Saturday. Tonight was a much easier time, as the Crusaders dispatched the Trojans in an hour and two minutes.
Belmont Abbey hit .388 for the match as Schellenberg registered a .533 attack, knocking down 17 kills on 30 attempts with just one error. She was the only player to reach double figures in the match. Claire Lang hit .700 as she posted seven kills on 10 attacks and no errors, while Caitlin Hankins also knocked down seven kills. Gabby Martinez handed out 23 assists and Abby Stine finished with nine. Ana Maria Pagan totaled a career-high six to go along with a match-high 15 digs. 42 of the Abbey's 46 kills were assisted as five different players had at least two each.
Defensively, the Crusaders posted six solo blocks and six block assists, as Hankins finished with three solo and two assisted. Dani Fortunato finished with two solo and two assisted.
Pagan's 15 digs led all players, while Hannah and Lydia Schellenberg both recorded ten. Lydia Schellenberg finished with four service aces.
The Crusaders had no trouble with Mount Olive in the opening set, as they raced out to an 11-5 lead. A kill by Lang moved the Abbey's lead to 24-11, its largest of the set, and after two straight Trojans points, Lydia Schellenberg ended the set with a kill.
Mount Olive opened the second set by winning four of the first five points, but the Abbey stormed back to win the next 11 straight, which forced a Mount Olive timeout with the Crusaders ahead 12-4. The timeout stalled the momentum momentarily, as the Crusaders picked right back up where they left off by moving ahead 21-10 on a service ace by Fortunato. Mount Olive would win four-straight points to cut the lead to 22-15, but the Abbey closed the set with three-straight kills to take a commanding 2-0 lead.
The final set was all Belmont Abbey, as the Crusaders rolled out to a 13-4 advantage and would lead by as many as 21-9. As it did in the second set, Mount Olive strung together four straight points to close the gap to 23-15, but kills from Hannah Schellenberg and Fortunato ended the match.