The Belmont Abbey women's volleyball team extended their school-record winning streak to 20 with a 3-1 victory over North Greenville this afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament. Scores were 25-22, 25-15, 21-25 and 25-15. Belmont Abbey advances to Wednesday's semifinal as it improves to 26-3, while North Greenville ends its season with a mark of 7-27.
Belmont Abbey hit .328 as Hannah Schellenberg led all players with 20 kills on 46 attacks with just three errors (.370). Older sister Lydia added 12 kills, while Caitlin Hankins and Claire Lang both totaled nine. The Crusaders finished with 59 kills on 131 attacks with just 16 errors. Setters Gabby Martinez and Abby Stine totaled 29 and 25 assists, respectively.
Defensively, freshman libero Ana Maria Pagan led all players with 21 digs, while Lydia Schellenberg recorded 19. Hannah Schellenberg totaled ten. Tori Jensen and Dani Fortunato teamed up to record four total blocks, as each had two assisted and two solo. Hankins added a block solo.
North Greenville hit .130 for the match as Yomi Adeyeye led the Crusaders with 18 kills. Hannah Helbert added 12 and a team-high 15 digs. Elizabeth James handed out 39 assists.
The Abbey took control of the first set midway through as a 12-9 lead grew to 18-12. North Greenville closed the gap to 23-22 after a 7-1 run, but back-to-back kills from Lang ended the set.
The second set began with North Greenville winning the first three points before the Abbey pulled away with a 12-2 run, including a seven point unanswered stretch to move out to a 21-6 lead. The advantage grew to as much as nine at 22-13 on a Hannah Schellenberg kill, and a North Greenville service error, after a Hankins kill, ended the set to give Belmont Abbey a 2-0 lead.
Down to its final set, North Greenville fought back to force a fourth set after it turned a 13-13 tie into a 23-17 lead. Belmont Abbey battled back, winning the next three points to shrink the gap to 23-20, but North Greenville claimed two of the last three points to stave off elimination.
The fourth set was all Belmont Abbey. The Crusaders won the first three points which forced a North Greenville timeout. After the pause, the two teams traded points for the next several plays before the Abbey broke away after a 9-9 tie. Six-straight Abbey points became a 15-9 lead, which eventually grew to 22-12 after a five point unanswered streak, and the Crusaders would go on to win the fourth set easily, 25-15 for their 20th-straight victory.