October 5, 2011

Volleyball Returns Home, Hosts Radford, Liberty this Weekend

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-After playing 18 of its first 19 contests away from the Pope Center, Campbell returns home this weekend, hosting Radford and Liberty in Big South Conference volleyball action.

Radford, the first of five-straight home matches for the Camels, will come to Buies Creek on Friday at 7 p.m. Liberty will follow at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The Camels will head into the weekend at 9-10 overall, and 2-1 in Big South play, following a split at Coastal Carolina (W 3-1) and Charleston Southern (L 3-1) a week ago. The loss at CSU ended a five-match winning streak for the Camels, the program's longest since 2004. Campbell also began its conference slate 2-0 for the first time since that same year.

Currently standing at nine wins, the Camels can match their win total from all of last season with one more victory.

Junior outside hitter Jordan Reaves leads the Camels on the season at 2.95 kills and 2.73 digs per set, while senior middle Annie Kobeski adds 1.84 kills and 0.95 blocks an outing. Kobeski has recorded double figure kills in four of her last five matches, while Reaves posted her sixth double-double of the year at Coastal Carolina on Friday.

Junior middle Kelsey Marek owns a team-high .252 hitting percentage, recording 1.41 kills and 0.96 blocks a set. The Taylor, Texas native has hit .400 or better in five matches this season. Sophomore Heather Wilson adds 7.45 assists per set, while senior Kelsey Campbell collects 3.29 digs a frame.

Radford is 7-10 on the season following a 3-0 win over North Carolina A&T Tuesday night. The Highlanders will also come into Friday's match with a 1-2 Big South record. Radford has won three of its last four matches.

Megan McWhorter leads RU at 2.97 kills and 2.13 digs per set, while Emily Carlin tacks on 2.10 kills and 1.94 digs. Rachel Wiechecki also posts 2.04 kills per frame, with Rachel Brummitt collecting 4.76 digs per set. Christine Beckham and Jena Braden combine for 9.62 assists per set.

With an 8-9 overall mark and a 3-0 record in conference matches, Liberty will face Campbell on Saturday after taking on High Point Friday night. The Flames have won four out of their last six, including three straight headed into the weekend.

Lillie Happel is the Flames' top option at .375 kills and 2.29 digs per set, posting nearly 100 more kills than any of her teammates. Ansley Gebben and Loren Thomas tack on 2.12 and 2.02 kills per set, adding 1.63 digs and 1.22 blocks a set, respectively. Kelly Haseman also grabs 4.04 digs per set.

The Camels will remain home for next weekend's Big South Conference matches, hosting Winthrop (Oct. 14) and Presbyterian (Oct. 15).