The Belmont Abbey women's volleyball team won its seventh-straight match as it dominated the first, second and fourth sets to claim a 3-1 win at Limestone this evening at the Timken Center. Set scores were 25-19, 25-19, 25-27 and 25-9. Belmont Abbey improves to 13-3 overall and 7-1 in Conference Carolinas, while the Saints fall to 7-10 overall and 5-3 in Conference Carolinas.
After Belmont Abbey won the first two sets, the two teams battled to extra points in the third. A service ace by Abby Stine moved the Crusaders ahead 23-20, but Limestone won the next four points to surge ahead 24-23. After an Abbey timeout, the Crusaders fought off the first set point on a kill by Hannah Schellenberg to deadlock the stanza at 24. After the Saints won the next point, the Crusaders again kept the match alive on a kill by Lydia Schellenberg, but Limestone won the next two points to send the match to a fourth set.
Belmont Abbey wasted no time in the fourth set, as it won the first five points and eleven of the first 12, and won the final seven points to claim a 25-9 win to seal the match.
The Crusaders hit .345 in the final set and .187 for the match, while Limestone hit just .071. Lydia Schellenberg led all players with 13 kills, while Caitlin Hankins added 12 on a .333 attack. Schellenberg added 16 digs and four service aces. Hannah Schellenberg posted nine kills and 15 digs. Stine finished with 15 assists and matched her career-high with 11 digs. Gabby Martinez handed out 20 assists.