Belmont Abbey sophomore Hannah Schellenberg led all players with 18 kills as the Crusaders women's volleyball team won for the 17th-straight time with a 3-0 sweep of the visiting Barton Bulldogs this evening at the Wheeler Center. Scores were 25-16, 25-15 and 25-19. The Abbey improves to 23-3 overall and 15-1 in Conference Carolinas, while Baron drops to 13-12 overall and 9-7 in league play.
The Crusaders trailed only twice in the match, at 1-0 in the second set and 2-0 to begin the third as the Abbey seized control from the start.
An 11-3 run to begin the match turned into a 20-9 lead later in the first as the Crusaders cruised to a 25-16 win.
The Bulldogs claimed the first point in the second set but the Crusaders quickly vanished the brief deficit, as the Abbey won the next four points to claim a lead it would never lose again. Belmont Abbey led by as many as five points before winning the final six points of the penultimate set to take a 25-15 win and go up 2-0 in the match.
In a repeat of the second set, Barton won the first point and added another, but the Crusaders capitalized on their chances as it won the next three points to grab hold of a 3-2 lead. Leading 18-14, a Barton run knotted the set at 18, and the Bulldogs would tie the match again at 19, but the Abbey closed the match on a 5-0 run, three of those coming on Schellenberg kills, to seal the 3-0 victory.
Belmont Abbey hit .243 for the match as Schellenberg totaled a .424 attack, posting 18 kills on 33 attacks with just four errors. She also had 12 digs. She was the only Crusader to reach double figures in kills. Gabby Martinez and Abby Stine handed out 18 and 12 assists, respectively. Dani Fortunato and Ana Maria Pagan both recorded a pair of service aces. Pagan's 14 digs led the way for the Crusaders, while Lydia Schellenberg added 10. Tori Jensen accounted for both of the Abbey's blocks, recording a pair of block solos.