HIGH POINT, N.C.-Annie Kobeski posted a career-high 12 kills to lead Campbell past High Point 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-29) on the road in the Camels' Big South Conference opener Friday night.
Campbell improves to 6-9 on the season and 1-0 in Big South play, while the Panthers fall to 2-11 overall after their first conference match. The match was Campbell's first in the Big South Conference since Oct. 30, 1993, when the Camels topped Liberty 3-0.
Kobeski, a senior middle blocker, gathered her dozen scores on 21 swings with four errors, hitting .381 for the match. Junior outside hitter Jordan Reaves added eight kills and 11 digs, while Lorin Thomas and Kelsey Marek combined for 11 kills. Thomas, a freshman from Raleigh, N.C., added a season-high six blocks, while Marek posted four in the win.
Sophomore setter Heather Wilson tacked on 30 assists with seven digs and four kills. Senior libero Kelsey Campbell added a season-high 17 digs. Campbell, a native of Fruit Heights, Utah, has recorded double figure digs in each of her last four matches. Mallorie Cubillos added three aces on the night.
Leading High Point was junior outside hitter Courtney Johnk with 11 kills and 14 digs, while Kristin Heldt posted 10 kills. Michelle Chakirelis and Chelsea Davis both gathered eight kills, posting two blocks and 14 digs, respectively. Junior setter Lauren Bell recorded 36 assists while senior libero Breanna Holliday registered 16 digs.
Tied at 3-all in the opening set, High Point managed a 4-1 run to take a 7-4 lead. Thomas, however, led a 3-0 Campbell charge, assisting on a pair of blocks to knot the match at 7-apiece. Still tied at 11-all, Campbell posted a 9-4 spurt to take a 20-15 lead, capped by a Kobeski kill. The Panthers then reeled off a 9-4 run of their own, knotting the match at 24-all. A HPU error followed by a Cubillos ace, sealed the 26-24 win for the Camels.
High Point opened the second set with a 7-2 lead, going up by as many as eight at 14-6. A Reaves kill, though, ended the HPU run and sparked a 15-7 spurt for the Camels, coming all the way back to take a 23-21 lead. Marek then gave CU set point with one of her three kills in the stanza. A High Point error gave the Camels a 25-23 win to go up 2-0 in the match.
Down 7-2 for the second straight set, the Camels again battled back to tie the match at 10-all with an 8-3 run. Still knotted at 17, Thomas put the Camels ahead with a kill, leading the way as the Camels mounted an 8-3 spurt to close out the match, 25-20.
The Camels will be back in action tomorrow inside the Millis Center in the High Point Invitational, taking on Maryland Eastern Shore at 11:30 a.m. and Norfolk State at 4:30 p.m.