Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sisters Lead Belmont Abbey to Top Volleyball Season; the Schellenbergs Played High School Ball at the Bolles School

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sisters Lead Belmont Abbey to Top Volleyball Season; the Schellenbergs Played High School Ball at the Bolles School

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Byline: Greg Larson

When it comes to Belmont Abbey College women's volleyball, three is not company and neither is it a crowd.

It's more like an entire team.

The small (1,200 students) NCAA Division II Benedictine school in the Charlotte, N.C., suburb of Belmont has enjoyed its all-time best women's volleyball season thanks in large part to three sisters from Jacksonville.

The team has advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament for the first time in school history after winning the Conference Carolinas tournament and posting a 26-4 record. And that was after the preseason poll picked the school to finish sixth.

Abbey will face the top-seeded Armstrong Atlantic State on Thursday, Nov. 29, in Savannah, Ga.

Kay Schellenberg, 21, a 5-foot-11 senior setter (setters run the offense), was named the Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, the first Abbey player to be so honored since 2005. She also earned first-team honors for the first time in her career, leading the conference in assists (over 1,000) as well as aces per set.

Lydia, a 5-9 junior outside hitter (a primary attacker) who was named to the second team all-conference, is ranked in the top 10 in the league in hitting percentage and digs (when a player prevents the ball from hitting the floor) per set in all matches.

Hannah, 5-11, also an outside hitter, was named Freshman of the Year and first team all-conference. The 18-year-old is the league leaders in kills (the ball can't be returned) and points per set.

In fact, almost every Belmont Abbey statistical category is led by one of the Schellenbergs.

Belmont Abbey coach Mary DeJute admits it is quite unique for three siblings to be playing on any college level team, to say nothing of playing starring roles.

"It is unique," DeJute said. "But I use another word. It's wonderful.

The sisters have been very dedicated, focused and they push themselves and each other. …

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