Belmont Abbey senior outside hitter Hannah Schellenberg became the first player in school history to record 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs as the Crusaders women's volleyball team lost both matches today in the USC Aiken Invitational. The Crusaders suffered 3-0 losses to both Lander and USC Aiken as the season record now stands at 4-4.
Schelleberg, who reached the 1,000 career kill plateau last year, entered today needing just two digs to surpass the 1,000 dig mark, finished with 15 against Lander in the opening match of the day. She began the year with 897 career digs.
Belmont Abbey lost to Lander by scores of 25-22, 25-12 and 25-21. Schellenberg led the way with 11 kills. Caitlin Hankins added nine as she hit .304 for the match. Gabby Martinez handed out 22 assists and led the way with 16 digs. Schellenberg and Sarah Kenney both totaled 15.
In the final match of the day, the host USC Aiken Pacers claimed a 3-0 with scores of 25-18, 25-17 and 25-19. The Pacers hit a solid .307 in the match as two players reached double figures in kills.
The Crusaders hit .158 as Schellenberg's 11 led the way. Hankins and Dani Fortunato added six each. Martinez finished with 24 assists and a pair of service aces.
Defensively, Sarah Kenney led the Crusaders with eight digs. Leah Gunter added seven.
After playing its first eight matches on the road, Belmont Abbey hosts King in the home opener Tuesday night at 7:00. It will be #RaisetheRed night in the Wheeler Center.