FLORENCE, S.C. -- Belmont Abbey Women's Volleyball traveled to the Francis Marion Invitational on Friday and came out with a split, topping UNC Pembroke in the morning before dropping a five-set thriller to Newberry in the late afternoon.
With Hurricane Irma threatening the Southeast over the weekend, Saturday's action at the FMU Invitational has been canceled. The Crusaders are slated to open their home schedule on Tuesday night against former Conference Carolinas rival Pfeiffer.
Belmont Abbey 3, UNC Pembroke 1 (25-13, 25-19, 21-25, 25-16)
Chrapliwy tallied 13 kills in the contest with Morgheim adding 10. The Crusaders hit .308 as a team, highlighted by a 15-kill, 1-error combined by Coreen Norwood and Lanie Healey. Cassidy Bonito tallied 40 assists, while Kenney led the defensive effort with 16 digs.
In the opening set, the Crusaders broke a 9-9 tie with back-to-back points to start a 7-3 run to lead 16-12. The Abbey then added five consecutive points before a Braves score and ended the set with four in a row to lead 1-0. UNCP held a 10-6 advantage in the second when the Crusaders tallied five in a row, but the Braves responded to lead 16-14. Another five straight points sparked an 11-3 finish that resulted in a 25-19 win.
UNC Pembroke (1-6) used a big run in the third to stay alive, using a 10-1 run capped by seven straight points to break open a 12-9 affair. But the Crusaders answered in the fourth, breaking a 7-7 tie with four straight points to start a 15-4 run that was the difference. The straight ended with eight points in a row, the final seven with Chrapliwy serving.
Newberry 3, Belmont Abbey 2 (25-20, 25-18, 25-27, 17-25, 15-10)
In the nightcap, the Crusaders dropped the first two sets but rallied to force a decider, only to fall 15-10 in the fifth set. A 4-0 run at 19-17 helped the Wolves pull away in the opening set. Belmont Abbey led 17-15 in the second only to see Newberry close out the set with a 10-1 run that included the final six points.
After taking an early lead in the third, The Abbey scored three straight points to reverse a 17-16 deficit. With the score tied at 25-all, a kill by Andie Meridith and an ace by Kenney pulled the Crusaders within 2-1. A 7-0 run in the fourth stretched a 15-13 lead to 22-13 and led to the final set.
BAC started with back-to-back points, only to see Newberry tally three in a row. After the Crusaders tied it at 3, the Wolves created some space with a 5-1 run. Later, Belmont Abbey was able to close to within 11-9, but another 3-0 run put the match out of reach.