Camels rally to win Hampton Inn of Holly Springs Invite

Greg Goral  (Courtesy of Bennett Scarborough)
Greg Goral (Courtesy of Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- Campbell overcame a two-set deficit and fought off a pair of match points to defeat Georgetown 3-2 (21-25, 21-25, 25-19, 28-26, 15-10) Saturday and win the Hampton Inn of Holly Springs Invitational.

Campbell (5-2) improved to 4-0 in five-set matches, including a five-setter Friday night against Indiana State, and won its third-straight outing.

Tournament MVP Heather Wilson (Concord, N.C.) registered a career-best 50 assists and 15 digs Saturday and was joined on the all-tournament team by sophomore outside Alexis Hein (Murrieta, Calif.), who added her fourth double-double with a match-high 16 kills and 19 digs.

Junior outside Jessica Groen (Las Cruces, N.M.) added 15 kills, sophomore middle blocker Lorin Thomas (Raleigh, N.C.) had 13 kills and six block assists, while senior middle blocker Lindsey Coats (Dunn, N.C.) chipped in 12 kills for the Camels, who trailed 24-22 in the fourth set before forcing the fifth and decisive frame.

Campbell totaled a match-high 115 digs led by sophomore libero Mary Crema (Loveland, Ohio) with 29 digs. Classmate defensive specialist Lauren Bewick (Winterville, N.C.) added a personal-best 23, and 11 digs were contributed by Katelyn Layden (Chapel Hill, N.C.).

Lauren Saar topped Gorgetown (3-4) with 15 kills, while Dani White added 14.  MacKenzie Simpson tallied 26 digs and Caitlin Brauneis had 50 assists for the Hoyas.

The go-to player for Campbell in the first set was Coats, who tallied six kills on just two errors. Campbell registered 17 of its 21 points with kills, but fell in the frame, 25-21, as Georgetown took advantage of 11 mistakes.

Georgetown opened the second with an 8-4 advantage before three-straight kills by Thomas, Wilson and Hein knotted the match at eight. A kill by Layden stopped a long Georgetown rally at 18-13 and with the Hoyas on set point at 24-17, the Camels would score four times with Hein on the service line before falling.

Campbell rallied coming out of the intermission to an 8-3 advantage following a Hein kill. The Hoyas fought back to within three points, 15-12, but Campbell was up to the challenge and closed out the frame, 25-21

Campbell continued a four-match home stand on Tuesday when it hosts East Carolina at 7 p.m. inside Gore Arena/John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center. The match will serve as the first volleyball video broadcast of the free Big South Network.