Crusaders Sweep Past Winston-Salem State

Crusaders Sweep Past Winston-Salem State

BELMONT, N.C. -- Mackenzie Chrapliwy and Lexi Henriott topped double figures in kills and Cassidy Bonito notched her third straight double-double, leading Belmont Abbey to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-19 victory over Winston-Salem State Wednesday night in women's volleyball action. The win ran the Crusaders winning streak to a season-best four matches and avenged a loss to the Rams in Winston Salem back on October 10.

Chrapliwy finished with 13 kills and only three errors, while Henriott tallied 11 kills and no errors for a .570 hitting percentage. Bonito, the reigning Conference Carolinas Player of the Week, has 34 assists and 10 digs, while Sarah Kenney added 12 digs. Belmont Abbey (13-8) hit .232 as a team, while limiting the Rams (16-5) to .147.

In the opening set, WSSU led 4-2 but the Crusaders went on a 5-1 run for a 7-5 lead. The advantage crept up to 14-9 and then 21-14, when the Rams tried to come back. They closed to 23-18, but kills by Bonito and Chrapliwy ended the set 25-18.

The Crusaders broke a 3-3 tie in the second set with a 5-0 and kept the lead at three or more for most of the frame. With the score 22-17, Winston Salem State scored three straight to trail by two, 22-20, but back-to-back points set up four set points. The Rams were able to save three of them to get to within 24-23, but a timeout by Coach Toni Elyea stopped the run and set up Henriott for the set-ending kill.

Winston Salem State opened the third with another quick lead, scoring the first two points for a 3-1 edge. The score was tied at 11-11 when the Crusaders made a surge. They gained three straight points, but the Rams were able to pull even again at 17-17 and 18-18. From there, it was all Belmont Abbey and its top trio. Chrapliwy had a kill, then Bonito added an ace. After a timeout, the run continued to 4-0 with kills by Henriott and another by Chrapliwy. The teams traded points until an attack error by WSSU ended the contest.

The match was the first at home after six in a row, but the Crusaders return to the road again this weekend for a key Conference Carolinas trip to North Greenville and Southern Wesleyan.