Camels win Big South opener at High Point, 3-2

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HIGH POINT, N.C. – Campbell improved to 6-0 in five-set matches with a 3-2 (26-24, 25-18, 15-25, 20-25, 15-10) victory at High Point on Friday night inside the Millis Center. Junior outside Jessica Groen (Las Cruces, N.M.) tallied a career-best 20 kills, while 20-plus digs were registered by sophomores Katelyn Layden (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Mary Crema (Loveland, Ohio).

The Camels led wire-to-wire in the fifth frame and stretched their advantage to 11-5 before the Panthers closed it to 11-9. Two kills by Groen, a kill by Coats and block by Wilson ended the match, 15-10.

Campbell (10-7, 1-0) won its first Big South match in 15 attempts going back to a 3-0 home win against Charleston Southern on Nov. 11, 2011. High Point fell to 6-10 on the campaign and 0-1 in the league.

Totaling a double-double was senior setter Heather Wilson (Concord, N.C.) with 37 assists and 12 digs. The Concord, N.C., native was apart of all six blocks for the Camels.

A 10-kill performance was notched by senior middle blocker Lindsey Coats (Dunn, N.C.), while nine kills were added by sophomore outside Alexis Hein (Murrieta, Calif.), who also contributed 14 digs. Layden registered eight kills.

High Point was paced by Chelsea Davis with a match-high 23 kills and 17 digs. Posting a match-best 34 digs was Annemarie Chin. The duo of Maddie Simpson and Val Jeffrey recorded 35 and 12 assists, respectively.

In the first set, High Point made the first run to take a 17-11 lead before the Camels cut it to 19-17. Following a timeout by HPU, Layden notched a kill to tie the frame at 23.

Thomas registered a kill that placed the Camels in the lead, 25-24, for the first time since 6-5.

Campbell used a strong service and defense to take the second frame, 25-18. High Point rallied towards the end of the set, cutting an 18-11 Camel advantage to 20-18, but Campbell responded with a five-point run of its own.

Following the intermission, High Point answered to knot the contest at 2-2 with a 25-15 win the third and 25-20 victory in the fourth. The Camels had momentum going into the fifth after scoring six-straight times on the Panthers' set point.

Campbell completes a seven-match road trip on Oct. 4-5 at Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina. The Camels return home on Oct. 11 to host Liberty at 7 p.m. inside Gore Arena/John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center.