Volleyball Opens Big South Play at High Point Friday
BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell volleyball will play its first Big South Conference game since 1993 on Friday when the Camels head to High Point for a 7 p.m. tilt with the Panthers. The Camels will also take part in the High Point University Invitational over the weekend, meeting Maryland Eastern Shore and Norfolk State on Saturday inside the Millis Center.
The Camels are 5-9 on the season so far, coming off a 1-1 showing at the Elon Phoenix Classic. The Phoenix defeated Campbell 3-1 in the tournament opener before the Camels topped NC Central 3-0 on Saturday. Senior defensive specialist Kelsey Campbell was named to the all-tournament team, averaging 3.57 digs per set.
Leading Campbell on the season is junior outside hitter Jordan Reaves with 2.76 kills and 2.71 digs per set. Annie Kobeski, a senior middle blocker, adds 1.41 kills and 0.93 blocks per frame, while junior outside hitter Ally Russo posts 1.32 kills a frame.
Sophomore setter Heather Wilson records on 6.89 assists and 1.64 digs per set with Kelsey Campbell tacking on 2.82 digs.
High Point enters the weekend 2-10 overall, dropping six of its last seven matches and 18 of its last 21 sets. Courtney Johnk paces the Panthers at 2.82 kills and 1.13 digs per set, while Kristin Heldt and Chelsea Davis combine for 4.37 kills a set. The pair also add 0.33 blocks and 2.62 digs per frame, respectively.
The Camels will face Maryland Eastern Shore on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., taking on a 5-5 squad that has registered wins in four of its last six matches. UMES is led by Saitaua Iosia with her 4.00 kills and 2.49 digs per set. Jessica Vicic totals 9.98 assists and 1.34 digs, while Rebecca Prado gathers 3.80 digs per set. Maline Vaitai and Kaveinga Lea'aetoa post 2.63 and 2.07 kills a frame.
Norfolk State, who the Camels will face in their tourney finale at 4:30 p.m., are 2-7 on the year following a 1-2 weekend at the Davidson Wildcat Classic. The Spartans opened with a 3-0 win over North Carolina A&T before falling in three sets to both Coastal Carolina and Davidson. Charlotte Armstead leads NSU with 3.37 kills per set and a .291 hitting percentage. Kristen Burt adds 8.67 assists a frame while Noelle Eagles posts 4.38 digs.
After the weekend slate, the Camels will dive into their Big South slate, heading to Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern on Sep. 30 and Oct. 1.