Crema earns second Big South defensive honor

Mary Crema (Courtesy of Bennett Scarborough)
Mary Crema (Courtesy of Bennett Scarborough)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sophomore libero Mary Crema (Loveland, Ohio) was announced as the Big South Defensive Player of the Week on Monday by the league office. She tallied 4.35 digs per set and a 99.0 service reception pct.

This is the second time the conference has acknowledged Crema with the first coming after the opening weekend on Sept. 3. Head coach Greg Goral and Crema talk about the Camels' play following the match against James Madison in the above video.

The Loveland, Ohio, native was stellar for the Camels in serve-receive during the four matches, yielding just one ace in 104 chances (99.0 pct.).

She helped the Camels to a five-set victory over UNC Wilmington with 24 digs on Sept. 18. The JMU Invitational All-Tournament Team member added 22 more digs and tied a career-best with three service aces against the host Dukes.

A 16-dig performance was contributed against Cleveland State, while 12 digs were credited to Crema against Wake Forest.

Senior setter Heather Wilson (Concord, N.C.) was also recognized by the league as the player of the week on Sept. 9.

Campbell continues a season-long seven-match road trip on Tuesday with a contest at North Carolina A&T at 7 p.m. The Camels open league play on Friday at High Point with the first serve on the Big South Network set for 7 p.m.

The next home contest at Gore Arena/John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center is Oct. 11 against Liberty at 7 p.m.