FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. -- Mackenzie Chrapliwy posted her second double-double in as many days, but a strong hitting performance by Emmanuel resulted in a 3-1 (25-23, 25-18, 23-25, 25-19) women's volleyball setback Saturday at the Shaw Athletic Center. Chrapliwy tallied 15 kills and 13 digs, while Sarah Kenney and Leah Gunter added 15 and 10 digs, respectively, for the Crusaders (5-4, 1-1).
Belmont Abbey hit just .080 in the contest with 45 kills and an uncharacteristic 31 errors, while Emmanuel connected at a .253 clip. The Crusaders were aided by 13 aces, while surrendering only four to the Lions.
In the opening set, BAC led 21-17, but Emmanuel stormed back with seven straight points to seize control 24-21. The Crusaders saved two set points, but were unable to continue the rally, falling by a 25-23 count. Another late run lifted the Lions (4-5, 2-0) to a 25-18 victory in the second set. The Abbey led 17-16 when Emmanuel called timeout, setting up a 9-1 run that gave it a 2-0 lead.
The Crusaders trailed 10-7 in the third when it gained some momentum. Five straight points led to a 13-10 advantage, then a 5-1 run turned a 15-14 lead into 20-15. Emmanuel saved five set points at 24-18 before Cassidy Bonito closed the set out with a kill.
Emmanuel broke a 3-3 tie in the fourth with four straight points, and later used an 8-2 run to lead 17-7. The Crusaders never recovered in dropping the fourth set 25-19.
Belmont Abbey returns to action on Wednesday night when it hosts King in the first Conference Carolinas home match of the season. The action is the #RaisetheRed match for the volleyball team.