Crusaders Down Falcons In Straight Sets

Emma Gray Beacham ready for a serve.
Emma Gray Beacham ready for a serve.

Quentin M. Reed – Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

BELMONT, N.C. – The Pfeiffer Falcons (0-6) traveled to a familiar opponent on Tuesday night as they played former Conference Carolinas rival, the Belmont Abbey Crusaders (4-3). Erin Errington tied for the match-high and led all Falcons with seven kills on the evening, but that wasn't enough to slow down the Crusaders as they won in straight sets.

In set one, Pfeiffer came out strong as they took an early 4-0 lead as Katie Anne Wilson served in two aces. Kaylee Freed and Bri Weber also helped the early output with a block on Lydia Sale. From there, Belmont Abbey reeled off five consecutive points. The rest of set was all Crusaders as they went on to win 25-18. Belmont Abbey finished up set one hitting .226 compared to -.126 for Pfeiffer.

Again in set two, the preseason number two team in Conference Carolinas hit an outstanding .725 while the Pfeiffer block had no answer.  In 26 attempts, the Crusaders had zero errors and held the Falcons to just six points. Set three was much of the same for Belmont Abbey as they won 25-11. Abbey again hit an outstanding .343 on 35 attempts with just one error.

In her first start of the season for Pfeiffer,  Lili Jaramillo tied for a team-high eight digs. Setter Wilson also had eight digs.

For the Crusaders, Brianna Morgheim and Lanie Healy had seven kills. Setter Cassidy Bonito led the match with 33 assists.

The Falcons will return to play at home on September 20th as they host the Meredith Avenging Angels inside Merner Gymnasium at 7 p.m.