Belmont Abbey junior outside hitter Hannah Schellenberg became the second player in school history to surpass 1,000 career kills as the Crusaders women's volleyball team evened their Conference Carolinas record to 3-3 with an easy 3-0 win over the visiting University of Mount Olive Trojans this afternoon inside the Wheeler Center. Set scores were 25-16, 25-22 and 25-18. The Abbey's overall record improves to 4-11. Mount Olive slips to 4-10 overall and 1-3 in league play.
The Jacksonville, Florida product entered the match with 995 career kills and she didn't wait long to surpass the magic number, recording six in the first set alone as she finished the match with 19. She is second all-time in career kills, trailing Sarah Halligan, who accumulated 1,538 from 2003-05.
Schellenberg led an offense that hit .301 for the match, the third highest output of the season as four players hit .500 or better. McKenna Murphy added eight kills and Caitlin Hankins totaled six as the Crusaders knocked down 44 winners on 103 attacks with just 13 errors. Gabby Martinez handed out 22 assists to go along with a pair of service aces. Deidre Rodriguez and Julie Newell handed out nine and seven assists, respectively. Murphy and Emily Rose had one each.
Defensively Julie Newell's 16 digs led all players as the Abbey won that battle 48-38. Martinez added 13 and Schellenberg totaled seven.
The Crusaders are back in action next Friday night at 7:00 when it hosts Emmanuel on homecoming weekend. Saturday, the Abbey will welcome Erskine for a 6:00 p.m. match.