Volleyball Drops 3-0 Decision to Charlotte

Jessica Groen
Jessica Groen

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Campbell volleyball team fell on Saturday afternoon to Charlotte, 3-0 (22-25, 21-25, 16-25), at the East Carolina Classic inside Minges Coliseum. Posting her first career double-double was sophomore outside Jessica Groen (Las Crucas, N.M.) with 10 kills and 11 digs.

The Camels, who started strong and had leads at the midway point of the first two sets, dropped to 1-1 on the season, while the 49ers improved to 2-0.

Junior middle blocker Lindsey Coats (Dunn, N.C.) registered six kills and just one block, a day after tallying nine against East Carolina.

The offense was run by junior setter Heather Wilson (Concord, N.C.), who dished out 24 assists. Making her first appearance for the Camels in the third set was freshman setter Pia Holzgreve (Nottuln, Germany).

A total of nine Campbell players notched a kill in the contest. Freshman middle blocker Sam Zuber (Sunbury, Ohio) put down four attacks. Three kills each were contributed by sophomore right side Brooke Kelley (Stafford, Va.) and junior middle blocker Lorin Thomas (Raleigh, N.C.)

Leading the back row was freshman libero Lauren Bewick (Winterville, N.C.) and Goen with 11 digs apiece. Junior outside Chelsey Pachoud (Riverview, Fla.) added six digs for the Camels.

The first set began with a five point Campbell lead, 8-3, thanks to the strong service of Pachoud, Layden and Wilson. Charlotte came back to knot the contest at 10, then the teams fought back and forth to a 21-all dead lock. Three of the final four points would be scored by the 49ers.

The Camels started strong in the second frame as Bewick went back to serve five times aided by a block from Wilson and Groen, a Groen kill and a service ace, allowing for an early 7-3 lead. Late in the set, Campbell had an 18-13 advantage following a Zuber kill before Charlotte went on a run of its own to close out the set, 25-21.

Going into the break, Groen was the top player for the Camels posting 10 kills without a mistake for a .526 attacking pct.

In the third set, Charlotte cruised to the sweep after jumping out to a 9-3 advantage, 25-16.

Campbell concludes the East Carolina Classic at 5 p.m. against Bethune Cookman. A midweek match on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at UNC Wilmington is next on the docket for the Camels.

The first home match at the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center for the Camels is the Big South opener against High Point on Sept. 21.