DURHAM, N.C.-Campbell took a 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-20) win in its 2011 season debut, downing North Carolina Central in the NCCU Hilton RTP Tournament in McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium.
Campbell starts out 2011 1-0, while NC Central falls to 0-1. The Camels have taken six-straight against the Eagles and lead the all-time series 8-2. The win also mark the seventh time a Campbell team has won its season opener.
Senior middle blocker Annie Kobeski led the Camels with seven kills, five blocks and four aces. Freshman outside hitter Jessica Groen also checked in with seven kills in her debut, adding three digs and a pair of blocks. Junior middle Kelsey Marek collected six kills.
Leading the Eagles was outside hitter Shantel Moore with a match-high 13 kills. Sophomore setter Jzima-Malaki Kalao registered 24 assists, while freshman outside hitter Dayanna Arrufat recorded seven digs.
Tied at 10-all in the first set, the Camels posted a 10-2 run, capped by back-to-back aces from sophomore setter Heather Wilson. At 23-15, Annie Kobeski and Jessica Groen combined for a block, and with set point, 24-17, an Eagle error gave the Camels the frame win.
Jessica Groen paced the Camels in the second set, notching four kills on six swings, leading Campbell to a 25-14 win to go ahead 2-0. At 13-7, CU doubled-up the Eagles with a Jordan Reaves and Annie Kobeski block. Kobeski then tallied a pair of aces to increase CU's lead to nine. Mallorie Cubillos put the set away at 25-14 with an ace to the corner.
Trailing 7-4 in the final frame, the Camels rallied to take an 8-7 lead on a Groen block. Campbell held a two-point lead for the majority of the set, taking a 19-16 advantage on a Groen kill. Marek fueled Campbell in the final set with five kills while Wilson dished out 10 assists in the 25-20 win.
The Camels will take on Florida Gulf Coast at 7 p.m. tonight. Tourney play continues tomorrow in Durham, with Campbell meeting Hampton at 11 a.m. and Elon at 5 p.m.