The Belmont Abbey women's volleyball team finished 1-1 on the opening day of the USC Aiken Invitational, losing to Nova Southeastern 3-2 and capping the day with a 3-0 sweep of Fayetteville State. Belmont Abbey is now 4-2 on the year.
In the opener, the Crusaders went to a fifth set for a third time in five matches as the Sharks rallied late in the fifth to earn a 3-2 win. Nova Southeastern won by scores of 25-13, 22-25, 25-16, 23-25 and 16-14.
Senior Hannah Schellenberg led the way with 15 kills with Caitlin Hankins adding 11. Coreen Norwood, Emily Rose and Dani Fortunato each contributed seven. Gabby Martinez handed out 38 assists with Sarah Kenney adding four. Martinez contributed a pair of service aces.
Defensively, Kenney's 22 digs led all players, with Schellenberg adding 13 and Martinez 11.
Belmont Abbey hit .174 for the match and outdug the Sharks 53-51.
In the nightcap, Belmont Abbey hit a blistering .454 as the Crusaders put away Fayetteville State by scores of 25-9, 25-17 and 25-11.
The Crusaders knocked down 50 kills on 97 attacks with just six errors, hitting .454. Schellenberg hit .528 as she recorded 22 kills on 36 attacks with just three errors. Martinez, who handed out 35 assists, hit .750 as she totaled three kills on four attacks with no errors. Hankins recorded six kills on 13 attacks with one error for a .385 attack and Norwood hit .700, smacking down seven kills on 10 attacks with no errors.
Kenney led all players with 19 digs while handing out seven assists. Rose added four. Schellenberg finished with 14 digs, giving her 998 for her career. Keely Denkman added nine digs.
Schellenberg needs just two digs to become the first player in school history to record 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.
The Crusaders are in action twice tomorrow, starting with a 2:00 p.m. match against Lander, followed by a 4:00 p.m. tilt against USC Aiken.