Belmont Abbey junior Hannah Schellenberg recorded a match-high 17 kills-giving her 995 for her career-as the Crusaders women's volleyball team swept the visiting Barton Bulldogs 3-0 this evening inside the Wheeler Center. Set scores were 25-21, 25-17 and 25-22. The Crusaders closed the match with a 17-7 run in the final set after trailing 15-8 as they improve to 3-11 overall and 2-3 in Conference Carolinas, while Barton falls to 3-9 overall and 1-2 in league play.
The Crusaders won the first two sets easily but the third featured a stirring comeback late as Barton broke a 7-7 tie with an 8-1 run to storm ahead 15-8.
Belmont Abbey battled right back, winning the next five straight points-three on Barton miscues-to cut the deficit to 15-13 and force a Bulldogs timeout.
After the pause, the two teams traded points twice as Barton moved ahead 17-14, but that was erased as the Crusaders continued their efficiency, claiming the next eight points to seize control. A Schellenberg kill gave the Crusaders their largest lead of the set at 23-18. Six points later, Coreen Norwood ended it with her third and final kill of the night to seal the win.
Belmont Abbey finished with 10 service aces as Kennedy Haupt logged four. Gabby Martinez added three and Norwood totaled two. Schellenberg's 17 kills led all players. She added ten digs for a double double. Haupt added five kills and nine digs.
Martinez handed out 15 assists as she was one of seven players to record at least one. McKenna Murphy (7), Deidre Rodriguez (4), Julie Newell (2), Haupt, Dani Fortunato and Schellenberg (1) were the others.
Defensively, Newell led the way with 14 digs with Schellenberg adding 10. At the net, Caitlin Hankins recorded two block assists and one block solo while Schellenberg had two assisted.
The Crusaders are back in action Saturday at 2:00 when hosting Mount Olive.