Camels Edge Presbyterian 3-2

Ally Russo
Ally Russo

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Down 14-9 in the fifth set, Campbell rallied to clip Presbyterian 19-17 and clinch the match 3-2 (25-22, 25-20, 14-25, 24-26, 19-17) in Big South action Saturday afternoon inside the Pope Center.

The Camels improve to 10-13 overall and 3-4 in Big South matches, while PC falls to 7-14 on the year and 3-4 in conference play.

Campbell tied season-highs with 13 blocks and 10 aces against the Blue Hose. The Camels' 13 blocks tied for the ninth most in school single-match history.

Junior outside hitter Ally Russo paced the Camels on the afternoon with 11 kills and 15 digs, her first double-double of the year. Freshman Brooke Kelley added nine kills, four digs and three blocks, while junior middle Kelsey Marek added nine more scores and six blocks.

Heather Wilson tacked on 33 assists with seven digs and a career-high six aces. The sophomore setter also posted four blocks and two aces in the five set win. Senior middle Annie Kobeski tallied six kills and five blocks, with freshman outside hitter Jessica Groen piling on four kills and three blocks. Senior libero Kelsey Campbell registered a team-high 22 digs with two aces.

Leading PC was junior outside hitter Presley Mabrey with a match-high 21 kills to go along with 15 digs and four blocks. Allison Brown and Caroline Cann joined Mabrey in double figures with 17 and 15 kills, respectively. Cann, a sophomore outside hitter, tacked on 14 digs and five blocks in the loss.

Freshman middle Kelly Berryman added nine kills and seven blocks, with freshman setter Ashtin Frank tacking on 57 assists and 12 digs. Sophomore libero Mary Trimpe grabbed 23 digs in the loss.

Despite a combined 15 kills from Brown and Berryman through the first two sets, PC fell behind 2-0 to open the match as the Camels posted eight team blocks and seven aces. The Camels closed out the first set 25-22 before topping the Blue Hose 25-20 in set two.

Presbyterian bounced back in the third, hitting .448 (17-4-29) behind six more scores from Mabrey and another five from Cann to down the Camels 25-14. Marek paced CU in the frame with three kills.

Kelley came alive with four kills in the fourth, but Mabrey, Brown and Cann put up all 14 of PC's kills in the set to win the stanza 26-24 and even the match at 2-all. The set featured 12 total tie scores and six lead changes.

In the fifth set, Presbyterian quickly built a 14-9 lead to force match point on another Mabrey score. Marek, however, sparked the Camels with a kill to start a 6-0 run for Campbell before a CU service error ended the spurt.

Tied at 15-apiece, Mabrey gave PC match point for the sixth time, but Russo's kill knotted the frame at 16-all. Mabrey again put the Blue Hose in position for match point with a kill to go up 17-16, however, a PC error evened the set for the eighth time. Two straight PC attack errors finally ended the marathon contest, giving the Camels a 19-17 win.

Campbell will be back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 18, wrapping up a five match homestand with High Point at 7 p.m.