Volleyball drops 3-0 match vs. West Virginia

MOREHEAD, KY. – Campbell forced a tie at 21-all late in the first and second set, but ended up falling 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-20) to an undefeated West Virginia (9-0) on Saturday morning at the Morehead State Eagle Challenge.  Sophomore outside Alexis Hein (Murrieta, Calilf.) registered 10 kills to lead the offensive attack.

"We defended very well and kept ourselves in a lot of long rallies," said head coach Greg Goral. "We did not necessarily block a lot of balls, but executed well defensively. When we transitioned, West Virginia was good defensively and really made us work to score points.

"This was a great measuring stick for our team because this is the type of team we will face in conference and especially come conference tournament time. If we clean our play up a little bit, then we will be just fine."

The back row was paced by sophomore libero Mary Crema (Loveland, Ohio) with 13 digs and classmate Katelyn Layden (Chapel Hill, N.C.) with 10.

A total of 38 kills were generated by the Camels, one short of the Mountaineers, as junior setter Heather Wilson (Concord, N.C.) setup 31 of those attacks. Senior middle blocker Lindsey Coats (Dunn, N.C.) and Layden registered eight and seven kills, respectively.

Both teams record three aces, but it was a tough service by the Camels that kept West Virginia from getting into an offensive rhythm.

The Mountaineers blocked down 10 attacks by Campbell to lead the match. Nikki Attea came up with seven of them and added 10 kills. A 15-kill performance was posted by Jordan Anderson, while Brittany Sample tallied 33 assists. Leading the match with 15 digs was Anna Pangiotakopoulos.

The first set was the most competitive with 10 ties and five lead changes. WVU erased a 13-9 Camels lead with a six-point rally, but Campbell rebounded tie the frame at 15. 

Six-consecutive ties were registered prior to a service ace by Crema that put the Camels on top, 21-20. The Mountaineers showed their ability to close by scoring on five of the next six rallies, 25-22.

Campbell made a comeback of its own in the second frame by utilizing a 7-3 run to knot the set at 21 on an ace by Hein. A pair of kills and block enabled the Mountaineers to post a 25-22 victory.

During the final set, the Camels trailed by as much as 18-11, but via the strong service of Hein saw four-consecutive kills by junior outside Jessica Groen (Las Cruces, N.M.) with three and Thomas. WVU ended up clinching match with a 25-20 win.

Campbell completes the Eagle Challenge at 7 p.m. against host Morehead State. Coach Goral will be taking on the Eagles, who he helped win four Ohio Valley Conference titles over the past five seasons as an assistant/associate head coach.