Martinez Breaks Record as Women's Volleyball Rolls Past UNC Pembroke

Martinez Breaks Record as Women's Volleyball Rolls Past UNC Pembroke

PEMBROKE, N.C. -- Senior setter Gabby Martinez became Belmont Abbey's career assists leader and Mackenzie Chrapliwy and Aimee Cloninger both reached double figures in kills as Belmont Abbey cruised to a 25-20, 25-19, 25-22 victory over UNC Pembroke in women's volleyball action Tuesday night.

The win was the 13th in the last 15 outings for The Abbey, which improved to 13-9 overall.

Martinez registered 20 assists, giving her 3,120 for her career, three more than Kay Schellenberg (2009-12). The record is impressive as Martinez' role was as a three-rotation setter for the last three years.

The Crusaders hit .239 for the contest as Chrapliwy and Cloninger tallied 10 kills each. Hannah Dubas added six kills and just one error for a .375 hitting percentage, while Cassidy Bonito was perfect on all six of her attack attempts and added 14 assists.

In the opening set, Belmont Abbey used a 5-0 run to stretch a 7-5 lead into 12-5. The Braves cut their deficit to three on several occasions, but Cloninger registered the final two kills of the set for a 25-20 victory.

The second set was tied at 9-9 when the Crusaders took controlled. Back-to-back points started an 8-2 run that made the score 17-11. UNC Pembroke closed to 20-18, but Belmont Abbey scored five of the next six points to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

BAC led 18-14 in the third, but the Braves rallied for a 21-20 lead. However, the Crusaders scored four straight points for a match point, then answered a UNCP save with the match winner.

The Crusaders return home for a key conference weekend starting Friday night at 7 against King. The match has been designated Senior Night as five Crusader seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony.