The Belmont Abbey women's volleyball team finished 1-1 against a pair of Peach Belt opponents, opening with a 3-2 victory over Montevallo followed by a 3-0 loss to GRU Augusta. Both matches were played on the campus of GRU Augusta. Belmont Abbey is now 7-5 on the year, while Montevallo also moves to 7-5 and GRU improves to 7-2.
In the opening match of the day, against Montevallo, the Crusaders trailed 2-1 in the match and came back to win the match in five sets. Set one belonged to the Falcons. The Abbey trailed 3-0 before scoring its first point. Montevallo never trailed in the opening set and took that one 25-12.
Set number two was very competitive as the Crusaders struck early and often. Belmont Abbey jumped out to a four-point lead early, but Montevallo later scored four points in five serves to take a 19-16 lead. The Abbey then went on a run, scoring nine of the set's last 11 points to win the set 25-21.
Sets three and four were back-and forth with Montevallo taking set three and the Abbey winning set four, both by scores of 25-21. Set five was all Abbey, which took each of the last six points of the set and 11 of the last 12 for a 15-7 win. It was Belmont Abbey's fifth five set match in the first ten matches of the year.
In the nightcap against GRU Augusta, every set was competitive, though the Jaguars won the match 3-0. Set one was back-and-forth, with the teams tied three times early. The Crusaders later jumped out to a 21-14 lead. The Abbey just couldn't hold on as GRU Augusta took seven of the next eight and rolled to a 26-24 win. Set two was neck-to-neck from start to finish as the Abbey's 3-0 lead early was the largest lead in a set the Jaguars took 26-24. In the final set, the Crusaders kept it close the entire way, but never took the lead after giving up an 11-10 advantage. The Jaguars wrapped up the set and the match 25-22.
Schellenberg had a match-high 17 kills with Caitlin Hankins adding 12. Martinez handed out 36 assists, bringing her season total to a conference-leading 485. Sarah Kenney led the defense with a match-high 12 digs.
The Crusaders are back in action twice next Saturday, taking on Pfeiffer and Columbus State. Both matches will take place at Pfeiffer.