CU Volleyball Splits Pair of Non-Conference Matches Saturday
Box Score 1 | Box Score 2 MISENHEIMER, NC- The Chowan University volleyball team split a pair of matches in non-conference play on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks came up short in a 3-2 decision against Belmont Abbey College but recovered with a 3-0 win against Pfieffer University in their second match of the day.
In Saturday's first match, the Hawks fell to the Crusaders 25-22 in the opening set before edging Belmont Abbey 25-22 in set two. The Crusaders outlasted the Hawks 25-16 in set three. Chowan responded with 25-19 win in the fourth set but dropped a 15-4 decision in the final set.
Morgan Spencer led the effort for the Hawks with 14 kills against Belmont Abbey. Suraya Chase followed with 12 kills in the match, and recorded her 1000th career kill in the setback. Alyssa Born notched 18 assists for the Chowan Blue and White while Karisa Patterson added 15 assists. Bailey Zavala hauled in 37 digs with Chase adding 15 digs.
Four Belmont Abbey players recorded double digit kills in the victory. Mackenzie Chrapliwy paced the Crusaders with 17 kills while Aimee Cloninger and Coreen Norwood added 15 and 14 kills, respectively. Cassidy Bonita handed out 21 assists with Sarah Kenney tallying 31 digs.
In the opening set, the Hawks jumped out to a quick 12-4 lead to take control of the momentum. Belmont Abbey responded with a 10-0 run to pull away 14-12. With the Hawks holding a narrow 19-17 lead, a Chowan attack error led to a 5-0 run for Belmont Abbey. Chowan was unable to recover from the momentum shift and suffered the 25-22 setback in set one.
With the score knotted 20-20 late in the second set, a kill by Spencer followed by two Belmont Abbey errors allowed the Hawks to pull away 23-20. Despite a late comeback effort by the Crusaders, a Belmont Abbey attack error allowed Chowan to grab a 25-22 victory in the set two.
Belmont Abbey raced to a 7-2 advantage in third three. The Hawks fought to remain within striking distance but trailed for the remainder of the set. A kill by Bonito wrapped up the 25-16 win for Belmont Abbey in the third set.
The Hawks rallied back in set four. After claiming an early 8-4 lead, Chowan held a lead of three or more points for the remainder of the set. A kill by Spencer confirmed the 25-19 victory, sending the match into a fifth and final set.
Belmont Abbey dominated set five; surrendering just four points to the Hawks. After building a quick 8-0 lead, the Crusaders led by seven or more points for the remainder of the contest. A Chowan attack error solidified the 15-4 win for Belmont Abbey.
In the second match of the day, Chowan picked up 25-11, 25-7, and 25-13 set victories to capture the 3-0 win. Spencer recorded 11 kills for the Hawks with Courtney O'Keefe and Sydney Miller adding six kills apiece. Patterson and Born both notched 16 assists with Zavala grabbing 21 digs.
Pfeiffer was held to just 11 team kills in the loss. Sam Smith and Sydeny Freeman each tallied three kills for the Falcons.
Chowan opened the first set with a dominate 17-7 run. Pfeiffer was unable to recover from the early deficit, allowing the Hawks to easily secure the 25-11 win. The Hawks continued to build on the momentum in the second set. After racing to a 19-4 advantage, Chowan closed out the second set with a 6-2 run, securing the 25-7 victory with a kill by Spencer.
In set three, Chowan rolled to a 25-13 victory to secure the 3-0 match win.
The Hawks return to action on November 2nd when Chowan travels to take on Claflin University. Match time is slated for 7pm.