The Belmont Abbey women's volleyball team fought back from a two set deficit by claiming the final two sets to claim a 3-2 win at Mount Olive this afternoon at Kornegay Arena. Caitlin Hankins and Kennedy Haupt both recorded career-highs in kills as Belmont Abbey won the first set, dropped the next two and then claimed wins in sets four and five as they improve to 12-13 overall and 9-4 in Conference Carolinas. Mount Olive drops to 7-19 overall and 3-9 in the league.
After a 25-21 win in the opening set, the Trojans won sets two and three by scores of 25-18 and 25-14 before the Crusaders battled back to win their fifth-straight league match by winning set four 25-14 and breaking the 2-2 stalemate with a 15-12 decision in the deciding set.
Hankins finished with a career-high 16 kills as she hit .517 for the match, posting 16 kills on 29 attacks with just one error. Her 16 kills was tied for the match high. Haupt, whose previous best was ten kills, slammed down 14. Setter Gabby Martinez handed out 44 assists and also had a career-high four service aces. Belmont Abbey recorded a season-high 13 aces as Tabitha Sims also had four. Coreen Norwood added a pair. Haupt, Dani Fortunato and Julie Newell each had one.
Defensively, Newell's 23 digs led all players. Haupt added 10 for her second career double double. Martinez added six.
The Crusaders are back in action Wednesday night when they host Virginia State in the regular season home finale. First serve inside the Wheeler Center is set for 7:00.