September 30, 2011

Volleyball Wins Fifth Straight, Tops Coastal Carolina 3-1

CONWAY, S.C.-Annie Kobeski and Jordan Reaves collected 15 kills each to fuel Campbell to a 3-1 (25-19, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19) win, its fifth straight, over Big South foe Coastal Carolina Friday night inside Kimbel Arena.

The Camels improve to 9-9 overall and 2-0 in Big South play with the win. The five-match streak is Campbell's longest since matching that feat in 2004 (Sep. 24-Oct. 2). The 2-0 conference start is also the Camels' best since that same year. Campbell defeated Gardner-Webb and Mercer, then Atlantic Sun Conference rivals.

Coastal Carolina falls to 6-12 on the year and 0-3 in Big South matches.

Kobeski posted her career-high 15 kills on 27 attempts (15-5-27, .370), adding 10 digs, also a career-best, to mark the senior middle blocker's first double-double. Reaves, a junior outside hitter, also completed a double-double with 14 digs.

Junior middle blocker Kelsey Marek added nine kills on 14 attempts with only one error, hitting .570 in the win. The Taylor, Texas native tacked on five blocks, a match-high. Sophomore setter Heather Wilson posted 43 assists, one short of a career-best, with nine digs and two blocks. Senior libero Kelsey Campbell notched 12 digs and two aces with freshman right side Lorin Thomas adding six kills.

Leading the Chanticleers was Lian Bernett with 12 kills and six digs. Katie Martin and Kindra Bailey both registered 10 kills in the loss. Sam Skryd totaled 36 assists and eight digs, while Lindsay Gill notched 14 digs.

Kobeski and Reaves each gathered four kills in the first frame while the Camels limited Coastal to eight kills total with eight errors in a 25-19 win. Wilson, Pachoud and Campbell all tallied an ace in the frame, with Marek posting a pair of blocks.

Despite five kills from Reaves in the second, the Chanticleers posted a 25-21 win to even the match. Bailey led CCU in the set with five scores in a set that featured 11 ties and six lead changes.

Campbell led from wire to wire in the third stanza, taking a 25-19 win to go up 2-1. Kobeski added another four kills in the set, while Marek recorded three. Senior defensive specialist Lauren Garza, playing in her first match all season, tallied a team-high four digs in the set. Garza finished with seven digs in the match.

The fourth set featured 13 total ties, but only four lead changes as Reaves paced the Camels to a 25-19 win with five more kills to take the match 3-1.

The Camels will be back in action tomorrow, taking on Charleston Southern at 7 p.m.