Volleyball Sweeps High Point Invitational

Jordan Reaves
Jordan Reaves

HIGH POINT, N.C.-Campbell posted wins over Maryland Eastern Shore and Norfolk State on Saturday, 3-2 and 3-0, sweeping play at the High Point Invitational.

The Camels, who extended their win streak to four matches, are 8-9 on the season. The last time CU won four consecutive decisions was the start of the 2009 season when the Camels swept the NC State/Hilton RTP Classic. The Camels close out their nonconference portion of the 2011 schedule, finishing with a 7-9 mark.

UMES falls to 5-6 on the season, while Norfolk State drops to 3-8.

In the Camels' first match of the day, junior outside hitter Jordan Reaves blasted 20 kills, one short of her career-high, to lead Campbell to a 3-2 (25-19, 26-28, 25-19, 22-25, 15-10) win over Maryland Eastern Shore. Reaves added 13 digs, three blocks and an ace, notching her fifth double-double of the year.

Annie Kobeski, a senior middle blocker, matched a career-high with 12 kills, also picking up six blocks. Junior middle Kelsey Marek, meanwhile, recorded 10 kills and a season-high eight blocks. Marek's eight block assists ties the Taylor, Texas native for 10th most in a single match in school history (sixth time in program history).

Sophomore setter Heather Wilson added 41 assists in the win with a career-best 16 digs. The Concord, N.C. native added a season-high of three aces in her second career 40 assist match. Senior libero Kelsey Campbell gathered 24 digs, a season-high, while freshman defensive specialist Mallorie Cubillos tacked on 15 digs.

Kaveinga Lea'aetoa paced the Hawks with 16 kills, 11 digs and five blocks, while Saitaua Iosia and Maline Vaitai each recorded 15 kills. Iosia added a match-high 26 digs, while Vaitai recorded 11 in the loss. Jessica Vicic totaled 56 assists and nine digs, while Victoria Williams grabbed eight kills. Rebecca Prado tacked on 17 digs for UMES.

In the finale against NSU, the Camels hit a season-high .296 (31-7-81) to blank the Spartans 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-13). Campbell's seven attack errors were also a season-low.

Reaves, a Holly Springs, N.C. native, again fueled the Camels in the win with nine kills, six digs and an ace, while Wilson and junior outside hitter Ally Russo posted five kills. Wilson also registered 18 assists and nine digs, with Russo adding a block. Kobeski, Wilson and Campbell chipped in a pair of aces. Freshman Lorin Thomas gathered five blocks and four kills.

Megan Lavo and Beatriz Ferreira led Norfolk State with seven kills apiece, with Lavo adding 12 digs. Kristen Burt tallied 23 assists, while Tracey Copley recorded seven digs.

For the day, Reaves averaged 3.62 kills and 2.38 digs per set for Campbell. Kobeski, Marek and Thomas all averaged over a block per frame for the Camels, totaling 1.25, 1.43 and 1.38 blocks a set, respectively. Kobeski also posted 2.00 blocks per set, while Wilson posted 7.38 assists per set. Kelsey Campbell also grabbed 4.00 digs per frame for the Camels.

Next up for the Camels are trips to new Big South rivals Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern on Sep. 30 and Oct. 1.