Volleyball sweeps at N.C. A&T, 3-0

Katelyn Layden (Courtesy of Bennett Scarborough)
Katelyn Layden (Courtesy of Bennett Scarborough)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Campbell posted a 3-0 (25-23, 25-8, 25-19) victory against North Carolina A&T on Tuesday night. Sophomore outside Katelyn Layden (Chapel Hill, N.C.) tallied a match-high nine kills and 10 digs for the Camels inside Moore Gym.

The Camels improved to 9-7 overall with Big South action beginning on Friday at High Point, while North Carolina A&T fell to 1-15 on the campaign.

A 20-dig performance was registered by sophomore libero Mary Crema (Loveland, Ohio). It was the ninth time that the reigning Big South Defensive Player of the Week contributed 20-or-more digs.

The offense was run by senior setter Heather Wilson (Concord, N.C.), who recorded 27 assists and five kills. Junior outside Jessica Groen (Las Cruces, N.M.) added eight kills, while an efficient .429 hitting pct. and seven kills were tallied by senior middle blocker Lindsey Coats (Dunn, N.C.).

Campbell generated nine blocks during the contest, paced by freshman Jenny Tait (Ormiston, Australia) and Coats with four each. Sophomore middle blocker Lorin Thomas (Raleigh, N.C.) tied a personal-best with two solo blocks.

North Carolina A&T was led by Brooke Stamnes with nine kills, while libero Ashley Johnson totaling 15 digs. The setting duo of Chelsea Fox and Liz Martino amassed 12 and nine assists, respectively.

The Camels had a rough start as NCA&T rallied to a 16-11 advantage in the first set, but head coach Greg Goral was able to refocus his team during a timeout. A 7-4 run brought Campbell to within two points on three-straight kills from Groen (2) and Wilson.

After a timeout by the Aggies, Campbell knotted the contest and eventually scored four-consecutive points to steal the frame, 25-23.

An 18-2 rally began the second set thanks to the strong serving from Crema and Wilson that kept N.C. A&T from gaining an offensive rhythm. The Camels posted a .438 attacking pct., while tallying nine kills and five aces during the frame.

In the third set, the Camels took control of the frame with back-to-back kills from Coats that pushed the advantage to 20-15. Consecutive spikes by Layden ended the match, 25-19.

The Camels begin the Big South slate on Friday with a trip to High Point at 7 p.m. The contest is set to be broadcasted on the free Big South Network.

Campbell returns to Gore Arena/John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center on Oct. 11 for a match against Liberty at 7 p.m.