Belmont Abbey freshman Kennedy Haupt recorded her first career double double with career highs in kills and digs and Hannah Schellenberg led all players with 17 kills as the Crusaders women's volleyball team swept North Greenville 3-0 this afternoon inside the Wheeler Center. Set scores were 25-16, 25-23 and 25-14. Belmont Abbey earns its first conference victory as it improves to 2-10 overall and 1-2 in league play, while North Greenville slips to 9-2 overall and 1-1 in Conference Carolinas.
Haupt, a freshman from Parker, Colorado, established career-higs with 10 kills and ten digs as she hit .429 for the match. She posted her ten kills on 21 attacks with just one error. Her previous career-best kills effort was six and before today she never had more the three digs. Schellenberg, meanwhile knocked down 17 kills on 37 attacks with just three errors (.378) to go along with a match-high 17 digs.
Coreen Norwood added a .583 attack as she slammed down eight kills on 12 attacks with just one error. Belmont Abbey hit .390 for the match including a .500 output in the final set to seal the victory.
After winning the first set with ease, Belmont Abbey battled North Greenville neck-and-neck through most of the second set before the visitors surged ahead 20-17. After an Belmont Abbey timeout, the home side won the next three points-two coming on Gabby Martinez service aces-to pull even and force a North Greenville timeout.
When play resumed, a kill by Haput gave the Abbey a 21-20 lead, but North Greenville immediately knotted the match on the next series. A service ace made the lead 22-21, but Belmont Abbey won the next three points to move ahead 24-22. North Greenville staved off the first set point, but Caitlin Hankins ended it with a kill to give the Abbey a 2-0 lead.
The third set was all Belmont Abbey, as the Crusaders never trailed, opening the stanza on a 6-2 run and never looking back.
The defense recorded 53 digs and blocked five balls as Julie Newell recorded 10 digs to join Haupt. Norwood finished with four block solos and one assisted while McKenna Murphy had two assisted. Murphy and Martinez both handed out 22 assists.