BELMONT, N.C. -- Mackenzie Chrapliwy and Alexandra Henriott each recorded a double-double of kills and digs and the Crusaders limited Emmanuel to a .052 hitting percentage, enroute to a 3-1 (25-22, 25-16, 24-26, 25-17) victory over the Lions Friday night at the Wheeler Center. The win was the seventh straight for The Abbey, which evened its overall record at 8-8.
With a loss by King, the Crusaders took over first place in the Conference Carolinas North Division, running their mark to 7-1 in league play.
Chrapliwy tallied 11 kills and 14 digs, both team highs, for her seventh double-double of the year, while Henriott added 10 kills and 10 digs for her fourth. Senior setter Gabby Martinez had 19 assists in the contest, putting her over the 3,000 mark for her career. Cassidy Bonito had a team-high of 20.
It was Belmont Abbey's defense that proved to be the difference, the team had 61 digs -- with Aimee Cloninger (12) and Sarah Kenney (11) also reaching double figures -- and 10 blocks. Emmanuel had 28 errors compared to 35 kills in the contest.
After falling behind 3-0 in the opening game, the Crusaders evened the score at 6-6, then lead 9-8. Emmanuel answered with six straight points for a 14-9 lead and later led 17-14 when The Abbey fought back. it used a 4-1 run to tie the game at 18-18. Later, with the set even at 21, three straight points -- two on Martinez' serve for the first set point. The Lions saved one, but an attack error ended the first set, 25-22.
Emmanuel (4-9, 2-3) took the first point of set No. 2, but Belmont Abbey quickly seized control. a 10-3 run gave the Crusaders a six point lead at 10-4, then another 6-2 spurt a short time later pushed the lead to nine, 18-9. The Lions tried to rally with three straight points, but Belmont Abbey used back-to-back points to squash the rally and take the second set 25-16.
Belmont Abbey seemed poised to sweep the victory in straight sets, opening a 12-4 lead in the third set, but Emmanuel came roaring back. A 5-2 run turned into 12-5 as the Lions pulled within one, 17-16. BAC stretched the margin back to three at 22-19 and had three match points before Emmanuel tallied the final five points of the set to force a fourth, 26-24.
From there, though, it was all Belmont Abbey. Martinez served the home team to a 4-0 lead, which later reached 12-4 on another 4-0 run, spearheaded by Henriott's time to serve. Emmanuel closed to 15-10, but Martinez came back up and engineered a 5-0 run that led to a 21-11 lead. From there, it was two kills by Chrapliwy that led to the victory.
Belmont Abbey travels to Johnson C. Smith on Tuesday for a non-conference matchup before facing a huge road trip to Barton and Mount Olive next Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Crusaders already hold a win over each, handing Barton its only league loss in six matches.