Belmont Abbey sophomore Hannah Schellenberg hit .727, amassing 16 kills on 22 attempts with no errors, as the Crusaders women's volleyball team won for the eighth-straight time with a 3-0 sweep at Converse this afternoon. Set scores were 25-23, 25-20 and 25-15. Belmont Abbey improves to 14-3 overall and 8-1 in Conference Carolinas, while Converse drops to 4-16 overall and 4-5 in Conference Carolinas.
The Crusaders hit .368 for the match as Schellenberg led three players in double figure kills with 16. She also had an assist and two service aces. Caitlin Hankins hit .533 as she knocked down 10 kills on 15 attacks with just two errors. Lydia Schellenberg added 11 kills. Abby Stine and Gabby Martinez both handed out 19 assists. Martinez added two service aces.
The first set was the tightest of the three as the Crusaders outlasted the Valkyries by two points. The Crusaders trailed 11-7 but rallied to win seven of the next eight points to surge ahead 15-12. The Crusaders did not surrender the lead again, and rose it to as high as 23-20 on a Converse service error. Converse did cut the lead to 24-23, but another Converse service error ended the set.
In the second set Converse bolted ahead 7-2 but the Abbey won the next four points to close the gap to 7-6. Converse maintained its lead for the next several points until three-straight for the Abbey moved the Crusaders ahead 14-13 and force a Valkyries timeout. The Crusaders never trailed again, as the lead grew to 20-16 on a Hankins kill. A Converse run would cut the lead to 22-20, but the Abbey won the next three points to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The final set was all Crusaders as the Abbey stormed ahead 20-8. The Crusaders won six consecutive points during one stretch, and coasted home to a 25-15 win.