Camels drop contest to Cleveland State, 3-1

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

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HARRISONBURG, VA. – Campbell notched a 25-23 victory in the first set, but Cleveland State fought back to register a 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17) win on Friday night at Sinclair Gym to open the James Madison Invitational. Senior setter Heather Wilson (Concord, N.C.) amassed 42 assists to move into second place on the Camels' all-time chart with 2,645.

The Camels (8-5) were unable to rebound after a back-and-fourth third set, 25-23, that saw eight ties and six lead changes. Campbell posted 17 kills during the frame, but Cleveland State took advantage of eight miscues.

Sophomore middle blocker Lorin Thomas (Raleigh, N.C.) paced the Camels with 12 kills. The consistent Campbell attack saw nine kills each by senior middle blocker Lindsey Coats (Dunn, N.C.) and sophomore outsides Alexis Hein (Murrieta, Calif.) and Katelyn Layden (Chapel Hill, N.C.).

The 16th career 40-plus assist performance was registered by Wison, who passed Sarah Dillon (2003-06) with 2,611 assists for second on the school's career assist chart.

The pair of sophomore libero Mary Crema (Loveland, Ohio) and Layden dug up 14 attacks apiece. Seven blocks were added by Campbell with Layden leading the way with five.

Cleveland State saw three hitters achieve 10 kills in Maggie Hannon (13), Grace Kauth (13) and Kerry Winchester (12). Dayna Roberts totaled a match-high 44 assists, while libero Nikki Holmes contributed 18 digs.

Campbell took control of the first set with a 6-1 run powered by the service of junior outside Jessica Groen (Las Cruces, N.M.) to take a 19-14 lead. The Vikings battled back to tie the frame at 22 and 23 before the Camels closed it out, 25-23.

Cleveland State evened the match, 1-1, with a 25-17 win in the second.

After the Vikings seized the momentum in the third set, Cleveland State used a 11-3 run to end the match, 25-17.

Campbell continues the JMU Invitational on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. against James Madison before facing Wake Forest at 5 p.m.