Radford Comeback Downs Volleyball 3-1
BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Radford bounced back after a first set defeat to down Campbell 3-1 (14-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-20) in Big South volleyball play Friday night inside the Pope Center.
Radford improves to 8-10 on the season and 2-2 in Big South play, while Campbell falls to 9-11 and 2-2 in conference matches.
Rachel Wiechecki paced the Highlanders with a match-high 17 kills, including 11 in the final two frames. The freshman outside hitter added 10 digs, two aces and two blocks in the win, while Emily Carlin posted nine kills. Carlin, a sophomore outside hitter, also recorded 12 digs and three blocks.
Freshman setter Jena Braden collected 21 assists, with Christine Beckham, another rookie setter, adding 18 on the night. Freshman libero Rachel Brummitt gathered 28 digs, while Carly Fleming and Emily Hayes combined for 15 kills and seven digs for Radford.
Leading the Camels were Annie Kobeski and Brooke Kelley with eight kills apiece. Kelley, a freshman right side, played only the third and fourth sets, posting a line of 8-1-12 for a .583 hitting percentage, the second-highest attack rate by any Camel this season with at least eight kills in a match.
Sophomore setter Heather Wilson tallied 36 assists with 12 digs, while senior libero Kelsey Campbell nabbed a team-best 15 digs. Jordan Reaves added 14 digs and Kelsey Marek registered seven kills in the loss.
The Camels hit .526 out of the gate, smashing 11 kills on 19 total attempts with only one error to take a 25-14 win in the opener. Six Camels tallied at least one kill, led by Marek and Ally Russo with three each. The teams' .526 attack rate was the highest in a single set this season.
In the second stanza, Campbell cooled down to a .024 clip (10-9-42), while a balanced Highlander attack evened the set at one-all after a 25-23 RU win. Wiechecki, Hayes and Carlin all gathered three kills for the Highlanders in the frame.
Wiechecki added another four scores in the third, while Campbell combined to hit -.045 (8-10-44) as a unit, committing 10 attack errors, as Radford took a 2-1 set lead with a 25-19 win.
The Highlanders closed out the match behind Wiechecki, as the freshman reeled off seven kills to sink the Camels 25-20. Fleming added another four kills in the set for Radford, while Kelley collected six of her eight kills in the frame for the Camels.
The Camels will be back in action tomorrow, hosting Liberty at 5 p.m.