Belmont Abbey senior Hannah Schellenberg slammed down 54 kills over the course of two matches, including a career-high 32 in a 3-2 win over Newberry, as the Crusaders women's volleyball team earned a pair of wins today on the final day of the Newberry Invitational. The Crusaders are now 3-1 on the young season after defeating Mars Hill 3-1 and earning a key 3-2 win over regional power Newberry.
Schellenberg's 32 kills are believed to be a school record and breaks her previous career high of 28, set last Autumn at Catawba.
In the opening match of the day against Mars Hill, neither team built a lead bigger than four in the opening set as the Crusaders took a 25-22 win. In set two, Mars Hill built an early four-point lead. The Abbey then tied it at 12 before the Lions scored eight straights points for a 20-12 lead. Mars Hill won the set 25-18.
Set three was very competitive, another one in which neither team led by more than four. The set ended in a 25-22 Belmont Abbey win. Set four was back and forth as Mars Hill built a four-point lead early, and the Crusaders responded, scoring five straight for a 17-16 lead. From that point on, neither team led by more than three and the Crusaders won the set 25-22.
For the match Schellenberg led all players with 22 kills, with Caitlin Hankins recording 14. Gabby Martinez had a match-high 50 assists. Sarah Kenney's 25 digs also led the match, with Schellenberg contributing 24.
In the nightcap against Newberry, set one was neck and neck. The two teams were tied ten times until Newberry, with the score tied at 19, scored the last six points of the set to take a 25-19 set win. The second set was also competitive, as there were six ties. The Crusaders broke out in the end, scoring six of the set's last seven points to seal the 25-20 victory.
Set three featured fewer ties, while Newberry did not trail after the 10-10 tie and won the set 25-22. Nonetheless, their lead never went above four, as the Crusaders continued to grind it out. Set four was all Crusaders as the Abbey never trailed after a 2-2 tie. In the final set, the Abbey struck early and often, jumping out to a 6-1 lead early and winning the set 15-12.
Schellenberg had a school record 32 kills in the match as she hit .329 with 18 digs, two blocks and a service ace. Coreen Norwood added 11 kills. Gabby Martinez had a match-high 63 assists. Sarah Kenney led the defense with a match-high 23 digs, while Aimee Cloninger chipped in 19.
The Abbey will next face Nova Southeastern in Aiken, South Carolina on September 11.