HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Sophomore Mackenzie Chrapliwy tallied a career-high 21 kills and added eight assists, but it was not enough as Coker took a 3-1 (22-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19) decision. The Cobras (7-7) forced the Crusaders (7-5) into 35 errors to hold a hitting advantage of .212 to .112.
Belmont Abbey jumped out to a 1-0 lead by taking the first set 25-22. The Crusaders trailed 6-3 but scored three straight points for a 6-6 tie. Later, at 11-11, The Abbey added another 3-0 run to lead 14-11 and never trailed again. Coker did cut the lead to 16-15, but five straight points with Chrapliwy serving pushed the margin to 21-15 and ended the threat.
Coker responded by taking the first four points of the second set and never trailed. A 5-0 run later in the set stretched a 7-5 lead to a seven-point margin and aided the win. The Cobras took the third as well, rebounding from a 15-11 deficit with four straight points, then breaking a 17-17 tie three in a row. Coker scored the last five points for the 25-19 win.
A late surge in the fourth proved to be the difference in the match. The Cobras broke a 16-16 tie with five straight points en route to the 25-19 victory.
Belmont Abbey returns home this weekend for a pair of key Conference Carolinas matchups. The Crusaders celebrate homecoming against defending league champion Barton on Friday at 7 before facing Mount Olive on Saturday at 1.