October 18, 2011

Coats Leads Camels to Five Set Win Over High Point

Match highlights

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Lindsey Coats totaled 20 points on 14 kills and eight blocks to pace Campbell in a 3-2 (20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13) win over Big South rival High Point Tuesday night inside the Pope Center. 

Campbell moves to 11-13 on the year with a 4-4 Big South mark, earning a sweep of the Panthers on the season. HPU falls to 7-15 overall and 4-4 in league play. The win is Campbell's second straight five set win, moving to 4-0 in five set contests this season.

Coats, a sophomore from Dunn, N.C., notched her career-high 14 scores on 32 swings with only two miscues, hitting .375. Coats also posted an ace to go along with her six assisted and two solo blocks, also career-bests.

Junior outside hitter Ally Russo reached double figures for the second straight match with 10 kills, tacking on seven digs in the win. Annie Kobeski and Brooke Kelley gathered eight and seven kills, respectively, while Jessica Groen registered six.

Sophomore setter Heather Wilson tied a career-high with 46 assists, marking the Concord, N.C. native's seventh match in a row with 30 or more helpers. Wilson also picked up 12 digs. Senior defensive specialists Kelsey Campbell and Lauren Garza notched 17 and 13 digs.

Leading High Point was junior outside hitter Courtney Johnk with 20 kills, three aces and seven digs. Kristin Heldt and Michelle Chakirelis posted 16 and 13 kills each while combining for six blocks. Lauren Bell, a junior setter, tallied 56 assists, 15 digs and three aces in the loss, while Molly Barlow and Chelsea Davis recorded 28 and 19 digs on the night.

Facing a 16-14 deficit in the first set, the Panthers charged back with three straight points to take a one score lead on Courtney Johnk's ace. After Lindsey Coats' kill tied the set at 17-all, HPU posted an 8-3 run to close the set and take a 25-20 win.

The Camels evened the match with a 25-22 win in the second behind three kills and three blocks from Coats, and took the 2-1 set lead after three with three kills from Russo in the third as CU claimed that set 25-21.

Despite six scores from Coats in the fourth, the Panthers pulled even with a 25-22 advantage, as Heldt and Johnk punched in five kills apiece.

The Camels quickly built an 8-3 lead in the fifth behind seven Panther errors, but HPU roared back to tie it at 8-all and took the lead at 9-8 on a 6-0 run. Still knotted at 13-all, Campbell used a Panther error and a match-clinching kill from Kelsey Marek to grab the fifth set win, 15-13. Marek recorded all four of her kills on the night in the fifth.

The Camels will break until Oct. 28, when the team travels to UNC Asheville.