Volleyball Sweeps NC Central at Phoenix Classic

ELON, N.C.-Campbell swept North Carolina Central for the second time this season, topping the Eagles 3-0 (25-17, 25-8, 25-13) in day two action of the Elon Phoenix Classic. The Camels also defeated the Eagles 3-0 to open the season at the NCCU Hilton RTP Tournament.

Campbell moves to 5-9 on the season, while NC Central falls to 0-11 with the loss. The Camels finish play in the Phoenix Classic 1-1, taking third overall. CU senior Kelsey Campbell was named all-tournament for her efforts on the weekend.

Junior outside hitter Ally Russo paced the Camels with nine kills and nine digs, while adding two aces. Jordan Reaves, another CU junior outside hitter, posted seven kills and seven digs with a match-high three aces.

The Camels totaled nine aces as a team, one short of their season-high of 10, set in the 2011 opener. On the other side, Campbell did not give up an ace for the first time this year. Campbell also hit .242 (36-13-95), a season-best.

Freshman Lorin Thomas and junior Kelsey Marek added six and five kills, respectively. Sophomore setter Heather Wilson tallied 23 assists, six digs and four aces, while senior defensive specialist Kelsey Campbell added a team-high 10 digs.

Senior Shantal Moore led the Eagles with six kills, six digs and two blocks, while freshman Dayanna Arrufat recorded four kills and seven digs. Sophomore setter Jzima-Malaki Kalao registered 16 assists with seven digs in the loss.

In the opening set, Reaves torched the Eagles with five of her seven kills, adding an ace in the 25-17 win. Campbell also notched three of its four team blocks in the set, with Annie Kobeski assisting on that trio of denials.

It was Thomas in the second set who collected five kills, leading the Camels who hit .545 (14-2-22) as a unit in the frame. Russo also posted four scores in the 25-8 win, while the Eagles posted a negative attack rate for the second straight set.

In the third, NC Central owned their only lead of the entire match when a Camel error and a Kalao kill gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead. Campbell quickly grabbed the lead back at 3-2 after a Russo kill. Russo and Marek paced the Camels in the third with three kills, as CU clinched the 25-13 win. Russo and Reaves added two aces apiece in the frame for Campbell.

The Camels will be back in action on Friday, Sep. 23 for their Big South Conference opener at High Point.