Volleyball Takes Down Winston Salem State, 3-1

Volleyball Takes Down Winston Salem State, 3-1

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Mackenzie Chrapliwy tallied 13 kills and a .400 hitting percentage, while added 14 digs and Alexandra Henriott chipped in 11 kills, leading Belmont Abbey to a 3-1 (26-24, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16) victory over Winston-Salem State Friday night in non-conference women's volleyball action.

Gabby Martinez tallied 23 assists, while Sarah Kenney posted a team-best 21 digs. As a team, the Crusaders (15-11) outhit the Rams (16-11) .200 to .137.

In the opening set, Belmont Abbey broke a 20-20 tie with two straight points, but WSSU evened the score at 24-24. A block by Henriott and Coreen Norwood, then a set error by the Rams lifted the Crusaders to a 1-0 lead in the match. The teams ramped up their offensive attacks in the second with Winston-Salem State tying the match at 1-1 by hitting .519 in the second. Belmont Abbey also had a solid effort at .345.

Belmont Abbey trailed 11-5 in the third, but closed to 13-11 with a 6-2 run. Four more consecutive points put the Crusaders up 15-13, but WSSU answered with three in a row. With the set even at 18-18, the Abbey used three straight points to take the lead for good, although the Rams closed to 21-20. Kills by Chrapliwy and Henriott around a Winston-Salem State point closed out the set, 25-23.

The fourth was all Crusaders as they opened with 11 straight points and led by as many as 13-1 enroute to the 25-16 victory.

Belmont Abbey returns to action tomorrow afternoon when the participates in a tri-match at Pfeiffer. The Crusaders face the hosts at 12 noon before a non-conference tilt against Chowan at 2.