MISENHEIMER, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey turned in its most dominanting effort of the season Saturday, then held off a tough non-conference opponent to sweep a pair of matches against Pfeiffer and Chowan in women's volleyball action.
The victories were the third straight and 16th in 19 outings for The Abbey, which assured itself no worse than a tie for second in the Carolinas Conference North Division in the opener.
Belmont Abbey wraps up the regular season next weekend with a trip to Limestone and Converse. The Crusaders need just one win or a King loss to earn a home match in the Conference Carolinas quarterfinals.
Belmont Abbey 3, Pfeiffer 0
Belmont Abbey hit a season-high .426 with 37 kills and only eight errors in a 3-0 sweep of conference rival Pfeiffer Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders allowed just 27 points in the three sets, winning 25-11, 25-10, 25-6. Senior Dani Fortunato had nine kills while Alexandra Henriott added five in the victory.
Cassidy Bonito led the Crusaders with 15 assists, with Gabby Martinez adding 13 assists, six digs and three aces. Sarah Kenney led the defensive effort with seven digs. The Crusaders had 10 aces as a team.
Belmont Abbey built big leads early in each set, going up 11-2 in the first, 8-0 in the second and 6-1 in the third. The Crusaders closed the match with a 14-1 run.
Belmont Abbey 3, Chowan 2
Mackenzie Chrapliwy tallied career-highs with 17 kills and 25 digs and three other Crusaders reached double figures in kills as Belmont Abbey held off Chowan. The Crusaders took the match 25-22, 22-25, 25-16, 19-25, 15-4.
In the deciding set, Martinez served Belmont Abbey to an 8-0 lead enroute to the victory.