September 29, 2011

Camels Hit the Road for Big South Pair

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BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Riding a four match winning streak, Campbell will dive back into Big South play this weekend, heading to Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern.

The Camels will face Coastal Carolina Friday, Sep. 30 at 7 p.m. in Conway, S.C., taking on CSU on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in Charleston, S.C.

Campbell is 8-9 overall on the season and 1-0 in Big South matches following a sweep of the High Point Invitational last weekend. The Camels started out with a 3-0 win over High Point on Friday, their first Big South match since 1993, and followed with triumphs over Maryland Eastern Shore and Norfolk State on Saturday.

Lorin Thomas, a right side from Raleigh, N.C., collected 17 blocks and 12 kills in the three contests, earning the rookie Big South Freshman of the Week honors. Thomas is averaging 1.05 kills and 0.82 blocks per set on the season.

Junior outside hitter Jordan Reaves leads the Camels with 2.88 kills and 2.71 digs a frame, posting a season-high of 20 scores against UMES. Senior middle blocker Annie Kobeski, who gathered a season-high of 12 kills twice over the weekend, adds 1.64 kills per set and 0.98 blocks.

Sophomore setter Heather Wilson adds 7.12 assists per set, while senior defensive specialist Kelsey Campbell tacks on 3.15 digs per set.

Coastal Carolina is 6-11 on the year and 0-2 in Big South play following road losses to Presbyterian and Winthrop. The Chanticleers also fell 3-1 to the College of Charleston at home on Tuesday, winning the first set 25-18 before dropping three-straight to the Cougars.

Sophomore middle Meghan Laffin leads the Chants at 2.81 kills per set, while Ericka Lightsey and Lian Bernett add 2.70 and 2.45 marks, respectively. Bernett, a freshman right side, also posts 2.11 digs per frame, while sophomore Lindsay Gill tops the team in the category at 3.56 a set. Sophomore setter Sam Skyrd gathers 8.27 assists per frame.

Charleston Southern is 3-14 overall and 0-2 in league action, dropping four in a row, also including road losses to Presbyterian and Winthrop. The Buccaneers began the year 0-9 but took three of their next four before falling on their current skid. The Bucs will host High Point on Friday night before hosting Campbell Saturday.

CSU is led by freshman middle Sydney Tracy, who tallies a team-best 2.21 kills and 0.89 blocks per set. Sophomore outside hitter Kayla Klinger adds 2.05 kills and 1.72 digs a game, with freshman libero Ashley Higginbothem posting 4.15 digs per frame. Amy Nokes and Kirsten Strunksnes combine for 9.30 assists and 3.78 digs per frame.

After the weekend set the Camels will return home for the first pair of five-straight matches inside the Pope Center, hosting Radford (Oct. 7) and Liberty (Oct. 8).