BRISTOL, Tenn. – Behind strong and effective hitting the Belmont Abbey Crusaders defeated the King Lady Tornado volleyball team, Saturday afternoon. King fell to 11-7 overall and suffered their second loss in Conference Carolinas play in a three-set affair, 25-14, 25-14, 25-15.
In all three games, Belmont Abbey jumped out early and did not look back once it gained lead. As a team the Crusaders hit .333 for the match, including the second set in which they hit above 50 percent.
Conversely, King was not as successful on the attack as the Lady Tornado hit .072 through three sets. Reigning Conference Carolinas Player of the Week Summer Kremer (Mills River, N.C.) led the team with eight kills, but committed as many errors on 32 attempts (.000). The Crusaders snapped a streak of 11 consecutive matches with 10 or more kills in a match and was only her second match of the year with fewer than 10, each coming in three-set losses.
On the defensive end, Payton Tipton (Cleveland, Tenn.) led the Lady Tornado with 11 kills, her fourth straight game with 10 or more digs in a match. She has 13 total matches with double digit digs.
King out blocked the Crusaders, 4.0 to 3.0 total team blocks. Kelsey Griffitts (Bristol, Va./John Battle H.S.) tallied three block assists to lead the team.
The Crusaders were led offensively by Hannah Schellenberg, who finished the day with 14 kills on 26 attempts for a .500 attack percentage. She put up a double-double, adding 13 digs to her line.
With the win, Belmont Abbey crept into the led in the Conference Carolinas East Division with a 6-1 record, holding a one-half game lead over Queens (N.C.) who resides in second at 5-1. The Crusaders are now 14-3 overall.
King now moves into a tie with Erskine College for first place. Both teams are 5-2 in conference play and have a one-game lead over Lees-McRae, who is 4-3.
The Lady Tornado will finish its current three-game road trip out of conference by traveling to Tusculum College on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. inside Pioneer Arena.