Crema tabbed as Big South defensive player of the week

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sophomore libero Mary Crema (Loveland, Ohio) made an immediate impact in her debut at Campbell by totaling 75 digs and earning Big South defensive player of the week honors. The weekly awards were announced by the league office on Tuesday.

The transfer from Cincinnati aided the Camels to a 2-1 mark to open the Goral era. She paced a back row that registered consecutive 100-plus dig matches in victories at William & Mary (120) and vs. San Jose State (112) on Aug. 31.

Crema set a personal best with 29 digs and five assists against the Tribe.

The Loveland, Ohio, native surpassed both totals against the Spartans with 31 digs and eight assists along with adding three aces. It was the first 30-dig performance by a Camel since Sarah Hill tallied 37 vs. Mercer on Oct. 24, 2009. 

She compiled 5.77 digs per set, placing her at the top of the Big South digs list through the first weekend. She contributed 15 digs in a three-set defeat vs. Northern Arizona.

This is the second-consecutive season that Campbell earned the league's first defensive player of the week with senior middle blocker Lindsey Coats (Dunn, N.C.) receiving the honor.

The Camels travel to Elon on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. match at Alumni Gym. Live stats and free video can be found on the volleyball schedule page, while in-game updates can be accessed by following @GoCamelsVB on Twitter.

Campbell opens its home slate at Gore Arena/John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center on Friday at 3:30 p.m. against N.C. Central. The match is a part of the Hampton Inn of Holly Springs Invitational that begins earlier that day at noon with Georgetown battling Indiana State.