Five Belmont Abbey players hit .400 or better as sophomore Hannah Schellenberg led all players with 12 kills as the Crusaders women's volleyball team extended their school-record winning streak to 14 with a 3-0 sweep of the visiting Pfeiffer Falcons this evening at the Wheeler Center. Scores were 25-18, 25-19 and 25-18. Belmont Abbey earns its 20th win of the year as the ledger improves to 20-3 overall and 13-1 in Conference Carolinas, while Pfeiffer drops to 7-18 overall and 4-9 in league play.
The Crusaders hit .385 for the match-their second-highest output of the year-as Schellenberg hit .455 with 12 kills on 22 attacks with just two errors. Lydia Schellenberg added nine kills. Claire Lang hit .667 with two kills on three attacks with no errors. Gabby Martinez finished with just one kill on two attacks to go along with 15 assists. Abby Stine handed out 11 assists and she totaled two kills on her only two attacks. Tori Jensen added a .444 attack with four kills on nine attacks with no errors. The Crusaders had just eight errors on 78 attacks while finishing with 38 kills.
Ana Maria Pagan recorded two of the Crusaders three service aces, with Stine registering the other.
Defensively, Martinez and Pagan both led the way with six digs each, while Hannah Schellenberg added five.
Belmont Abbey grabbed the early lead in the first half and never surrendered it to post an easy 25-18 victory.
In the second set Pfeiffer broke the Abbey's string briefly, as it won the first point of the stanza, but the Crusaders won the next five points and never looked back. The Falcons would inch back to trim the Crusaders lead to 7-6, but Belmont Abbey again ran off a five point streak to lead by six.
After Belmont Abbey moved its lead up to 20-14, the Falcons scored the next four points to chop the advantage down to 22-18 and force an Abbey timeout. After the pause, Pfeiffer won the next point, but the Abbey closed the set by winning three-straight to move ahead 2-0 in the match.
The third set was more evenly played, as the two teams tied the score four times, the last at 10-10, before the Crusaders pulled away. Belmont Abbey won the next five consecutive points before a service error broke the string.
Pfeiffer would get as close as three at 16-13, but two Falcons errors and a kill by Stine extended the lead to 19-13. Pfeiffer would not get any closer than six points the rest of the way, as the match ended on a Falcons service error.