Volleyball Grinds Out 3-2 Win at Gardner-Webb

Brooke Kelley
Brooke Kelley

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.-Campbell came back from a 2-1 deficit to take a 3-2 (11-25, 25-23, 15-25, 25-17, 17-15) win behind freshmen Brooke Kelley and Lorin Thomas Saturday at Gardner-Webb in Big South Conference volleyball action.

The Camels move to 12-14 overall and 5-5 in Big South play, while GWU falls to 9-16 and 4-6 in conference games. Campbell also moves to 5-0 in five set matches this season.

Kelley and Thomas combined for 24 kills in the win, while junior Jordan Reaves notched eight kills and 10 digs. Annie Kobeski chipped in five kills and three blocks, while Chelsey Pachoud recorded three aces.

Redshirt freshman Avery Anderson added a career-best 36 assists with six digs and two blocks. Freshman Mallorie Cubillos also registered 12 digs in the win.

Leading the Runnin' Bulldogs was Lauren Evans with 17 kills, six digs and four aces. Tyler Cockrell piled on 11 kills and 10 blocks, while Laura Wilcox posted 10 kills and two blocks. Heather Feldman and Carol Solano combined for 16 kills, with Feldman adding 48 assists. Evan Moffitt chipped in 24 digs.

After suffering a 25-11 setback in the opening set, the Camels bounced back with a 25-23 win in the second frame behind six kills from Kelley and another four from Thomas. CU hit .353 (15-3-34) in the set, adding a pair of aces.

Gardner-Webb claimed the 25-15 victory in the third, hitting .414 (15-3-29) as a unit. Evans led the way with six scores, while Cockrell tallied four blocks in the stanza.

The Camels knotted the match at 2-all with a 25-17 win in the fourth, forcing GWU into eight attack errors. Kelley poured in six kills in the set to pace the Camels.

In the fifth and deciding frame Campbell built a 10-7 lead after an Anderson ace. The Runnin' Bulldogs stormed back with five straight points, led by two kills from Evans, taking a 12-10 advantage. A pair of GWU miscues knotted the set at 12-all. Still tied at 15-all, two more Gardner-Webb attack errors gave the Camels the 17-15 win.

Campbell will return to Big South play next weekend at Liberty (Nov. 4) and Radford (Nov. 5).