Elon Clips Volleyball 3-1

Ally Russo
Ally Russo

ELON, N.C.-Caroline Lemke and Carly Ledbetter both posted double-digit kills to push Elon past Campbell 3-0 (25-18, 22-25, 25-20, 25-21) Friday night in the Phoenix Classic.

The Phoenix improve to 10-3 on the season, while Campbell falls to 4-9 overall. With the win, Elon also complete the sweep of the Camels, taking their first matchup at the NC Central Hilton RTP Tournament during opening weekend.

Lemke and Ledbetter both registered 10 kills to lead Elon, while Allison Johnson added eight. Megan McMahon posted 34 assists and 11 digs, while Ali Deatsch tallied a match-high 21 digs. Deatsch and Chanelle Smith each tacked on three aces for the Phoenix, who totaled eight as a team. Kris Harris totaled seven kills.

Pacing the Camels was junior outside hitter Ally Russo with a season-high 18 digs to go along with eight kills and two blocks. Sophomore setter Heather Wilson registered 26 assists, nine digs and seven kills in the loss. The Concord, N.C. native reached her seven scores on 16 attempts without an attack error (.438).

Lindsey Coats and Jordan Reaves added six kills. Reaves, a junior outside hitter, also posted 11 digs, while Coats, a sophomore middle, added two blocks. Senior defensive specialist Kelsey Campbell gathered 15 digs for the Camels.

In the opening frame, the Phoenix raced out to a 17-9 lead, Johnson nailed one of her four kills in the set to give Elon an eight point advantage. The Camels hit at just a .068 (9-6-44) clip in the frame, while Elon posted a .250 (14-3-44) attack rate to take a 25-18 win in the opener.

It was the Camels who owned the early edge in the second set, but the Phoenix tied and took the lead at 12-11 on a pair of CU errors. Chelsey Pachoud would give Campbell back the lead at14-13 with one of her three kills on the night. Scores from Kelsey Marek and Lorin Thomas completed a 5-2 run for the Camels, forcing an Elon timeout. The Phoenix then battled back, taking a 22-21 lead on a CU error. The Camels, however, closed out the frame on a 4-0 spurt, led by kills from Wilson and Pachoud to take a 25-22 lead and even the match at 1-all.

Elon hit just .098 (13-9-41) in the third set, but notched four aces, including two by Deatsch, while Ledbetter punched in five kills to sink the Camels 25-20. The Phoenix never allowed Campbell to lead in the set, going up by as many as 12 in the game.

The fourth set featured 14 tie scores, with the last coming as late as 20-20, when an Elon attack error pulled the Camels even. Two Lemke kills, a Johnson score, plus a pair of CU miscues, however, sealed the 25-21 set and match win for Elon.

The Camels will be back in action tomorrow at the Phoenix Classic, taking on NC Central at 4:40 p.m.