WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey battled the entire contest, but came up just short in a 3-1 (25-23, 25-19, 22-25, 25-23) women's volleyball loss to Winston-Salem State on Tuesday night.
Mackenzie Chrapliwy tallied 12 kills, while Lexi Henriott added seven against just one error for the Crusaders (8-7). Sarah Kenney spearheaded the defensive effort with 11 digs, while Cassidy Bonito chipped in 31 assists.
Winston Salem State opened a 10-2 lead in the opening set, but Belmont Abbey chipped away, using a 5-2 run to close to within 15-11. A 4-0 run cut the gap to one, 17-16, but WSSU answered with three in a row to lead 20-16. At 22-19, the Crusaders tallied four of the next five points to even the score at 23, but a service error and kill gave the Rams the 25-23 victory.
In the second set, it was The Abbey who started strong. It opened an 11-4 lead on the heels of six straight points, and led 17-11 when Winston-Salem made a charge. Nine points in a row gave it a lead 20-17, then closed the set with five of the next seven points for a 25-19 win.
Belmont Abbey opened the third set with an 11-6 advantage, but Winston-Salem State closed to within 12-9. The teams split the next four points before a 4-1 Crusader run pushed the lead to 18-12. The Rams closed to within 23-22, but a kill by Chrapliwy and a WSSU error set the match to a fourth set, 25-22.
Consistent with the first three sets, the fourth was tight throughout. Winston Salem State led 9-8 when it scored four straight points for a 13-8 advantage. The run was extended to 9-3 for an 18-11 lead, but the Crusaders rallied. Six straight points cut the gap to one, then another run tied the game at 21. With the score tied at 23, the Rams earned back-to-back points for their second 25-23 win of the night.
Belmont Abbey continues its six-match road stretch when it travels to Mount Olive and Barton this weekend.