Volleyball alumni match Saturday; setters preview

Heather Wilson (Courtesy of Bennett Scarborough)
Heather Wilson (Courtesy of Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell concludes preseason practice on Saturday with an alumni match set for 11 a.m. inside Gore Arena/John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center. The four-set contest simulates a game situation for the Camels in preparation for the season opener against Northern Arizona at the William & Mary Invitational on Aug. 30.

The five-part preview of the Camels continues on Friday with an in-depth look at the teams' setters. Sunday the series resumes as GoCamels.com examines the middle blockers.

2013 Volleyball Preview

Aug. 21 – Season Overview
Aug. 23 – Setters
Aug. 25 – Middle blockers
Aug. 27 – Outside / Right Side Hitters
Aug. 29 – Defensive Specialists


Campbell has a duo of setters in senior Heather Wilson (Concord, N.C.) and freshman Rebecca Ramirez (Long Beach, Calif.) that together provide the Camels with a number of offensive options. Wilson has the experience and at 6-0, the ability to keep the defense honest by attacking in the front row, while Ramirez excels in running the offense in transition and has great court awareness.

Wilson has accumulated 2,177 assists, fifth-most in program history, in three campaigns at Campbell after spending her first spring semester at Washington State. She additionally contributed 2.07 digs per set for the Camels.

"The experience that Heather brings is important because of the chemistry she has built with the hitters," said Goral. "She has been in the trenches, doesn't get rattled and plays with a lot of poise and confidence."

The Concord, N.C., native accomplished a rare feat posting a triple-double – 13 kills, 24 assists and 13 digs – in a five-set loss to Western Carolina on Sept. 11, 2012. Cindy Oppenhiemer holds the two previous occurrences for the Camels with the last occurring on Nov. 11, 1998.

Ramirez, from Long Beach, Calif., focused on playing for Seal Beach Volleyball Club and TCA Volleyball Club. She participated in just her senior season at Saint Joseph High School and was named to the 2012 Del Rey All-League First Team after tallying 596 assists, 36 service aces, 120 digs and 21 kills.

"Rebecca is very good out of system," said coach Goral. "She can be running in any direction and throw up one of the most hittable balls that I have ever seen. She makes the hitters better by where she places sets."

The different traits that each setter possesses enable coach Goral to change the tempo and develop a unique offense that allows the team to compete at a high level.