Chrapliwy, Bonito Lead Crusaders into Semifinals

Chrapliwy, Bonito Lead Crusaders into Semifinals

BELMONT, N.C. -- Mackenzie Chrapliwy had 12 kills and accounted for 18 points and Cassidy Bonito posted a double-double of 32 assists and 15 digs, leading Belmont Abbey to a 3-1 (25-16, 18-25, 25-21, 25-16) victory over Limestone in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Conference Carolinas Championship. The Crusaders, seeded No. 2 in the North Division, will face No. 1 South North Greenville at Barton in the semifinals.

Chrapliwy had five of The Abbey's 13 aces and nine digs, while also registering two block assists. Brianna Morgheim tallied 10 kills and a .240 hitting percentage, while Sarah Kenney added a team-high 16 digs. Lydia Sale also reached double figures in digs with 10.

Belmont Abbey (16-11) rallied in the first after trailing 5-2. It scored five straight points on Kenney's serve to start an 8-3 run. The Crusaders pushed the lead to 20-12 on Chrapliwy's serve, then closed out the set 25-16 on a service error by the Saints. BAC posted a .407 hitting percentage, compared to .250 by Limestone.

Just like Saturday when the teams closed the regular season against each other, Limestone clawed back in the second set. The Saints trailed 6-5, but tallied seven of the next nine points for a 12-8 margin. The Crusaders closed to within one three times, the last at 18-17, but the visitors ran off six in a row to lead by seven en route to tying the match, 25-18.

But that did not deter Belmont Abbey, which broke a 3-3 tie with six straight points. Limestone never led in the set, although they were able to close the gap to three late in the frame, before the Crusaders hung on 25-21.

Bonito started the fourth with points on her first three serves, but Limestone evened the score at 4-4. Trailing 12-11, the Saints scored back-to-back points for a 13-12 lead, but the Crusaders answered with five points in a row to lead by four, 17-13. With the score 18-14, Chrapliwy served seven straight times to set up the first of three match points. Limestone saved two, but a Bonito kill sent the Crusaders to their second straight semifinal.

Saturday's match against North Greenville will begin at 5 p.m.