Women's Volleyball Sweeps Lees-McRae; Will Host the Weekend

Women's Volleyball Sweeps Lees-McRae; Will Host the Weekend

BELMONT, N.C. -- Cassidy Bonito posted a double-double and Mackenzie Chrapliwy registered 11 kills, leading Belmont Abbey to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-18) victory over Lees-McRae Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Tournament. With the win, the Crusaders -- seeded No. 1 in the East and overall -- will host the semifinal and final rounds this weekend at the Wheeler Center.

The Abbey will face No. 2 West seed Emmanuel at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in a rematch of the 2018 championship match. No. 2 East Limestone and No. 1 West King meet in the first semifinal at 5 p.m.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Belmont Abbey improved to 20-12 on the season with its 20th win in the last 23 matches. The win total marks the second straight year that the Crusaders have topped 20.
  • Bonito registered 33 assists, 14 digs and five kills.
  • Chrapliwy added six digs to her evening.
  • Andie Meredith tallied nine kills with a .296 hitting percentage.
  • Hailey Ryan and Paige Rawlins keyed the defensive effort with 20 and 17 digs, respectively.
  • As a team, Belmont Abbey hit .195 compared to .133 for the Bobcats, which finished the season 12-15.
  • Lees-McRae held the lead throughout the first half of the opening set, but Belmont Abbey used a 4-1 run to tie the score at 13-13. At 16-16, the Crusaders won back-to-back points and nine of the last 11 for the 25-18 victory.
  • In the second, the Bobcats were up 7-5 early, but six straight points put the Crusaders ahead for good. LMC closed to within 21-20 with a 7-2 spurt, but The Abbey recovered to close out the set 25-21 with four of the last five points.
  • The third set was tight as well with the score tied as 12 before back-to-back BAC points started a 5-1 run. The match closed 25-18 with a kill by Meredith.

TOURNAMENT INFO

  • 2019 Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Tournament
    November 23-24 • Wheeler Center • Belmont, N.C.

  • Game Times
    5 p.m. -- Limestone vs. King
    7:30 p.m. -- Emmanuel vs. Belmont Abbey

  • Ticket Information
    Tickets will be sold at the door for Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10 for one day and $15 for a weekend pass. Students at any Conference Carolinas school are admitted free with a current College ID card.

  • Broadcast Information
    Both semifinals and the final will be available on the Conference Carolinas Digital Network. The pregame show begins 15 minutes prior to each match.

  • Live Stats
    Statistics will be available on the participating teams' websites and at ConferenceCarolinas.com