Defense aids volleyball to sweep at CSU

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

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Campbell won its second-straight Big South match with a 3-0 victory at Charleston Southern on Friday night inside the Buc Dome. The Camels registered 72 digs during the three-set contest, paced by sophomore libero Mary Crema (Loveland, Ohio) with a match-high 25.

Double-digit digs were added by sophomore outsides Alexis Hein (Murrieta, Calif.) Katelyn Layden (Chapel Hill, N.C.) with 15 and 11, respectively. Senior setter Heather Wilson (Concord, N.C.) recorded eight digs and seven attacks were dug up by sophomore defensive specialist Lauren Bewick (Winterville, N.C.)

The Campbell (11-7, 2-0) offensive attack was led by junior outside Jessica Groen (Las Cruces, N.M.) with 11 kills, while the trio of senior middle blocker Lindsey Coats (Dunn, N.C.), junior middle blocker Lorin Thomas (Raleigh, N.C.) and Layden contributed eight kills each at CSU (5-12, 0-3).

The Camels compiled a .230 hitting pct. during the match and found the most success in the second frame by terminating 18 attacks on just three mistakes. CSU was limited to .149 attacking pct. for the match.

Leading Campbell with being credited with an assist on three of the team's five blocks was Coats. A pair of blocks were earned by Layden, Wilson and Thomas.

A match-high 13 kills were posted by Katrina Houston, who added nine digs, for CSU. Kirsten Struksnes tallied a double-double with 19 assists and 11 digs. Also totaling 11 digs was Maggie Murphy.

In the first set, CSU built a 6-2 opening advantage before the Camels took the lead 9-7, capped by a block from Hein/Thomas. Building a 23-18 lead was Campbell, but the Bucs fought back to within one on three occasions before Layden connected on a kill to end the frame, 25-23.

The Camels continued the momentum from the first by racing out to an 8-3 advantage in the second frame.  CSU rallied to knot the contest at 16 before a couple of Bucs' miscues put Campbell up 23-19 late in the frame.

Before Wilson notched a kill to clinch the frame, 25-23, CSU won three-straight rallies on set point. Crema dug up 12 attacks for the Camels during the stanza.

Behind the strong service of Crema, Campbell scored the first six points, two service aces and a pair of kills by Coats and Groen, in the third set. A 5-1 run staked the Camels to a 19-11 lead following back-to-back kills by Groen. The Camels notched the sweep with a 25-18 victory.

The Camels wrap up a seven-match road trip on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Coastal Carolina. The next home game is set for Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. against Liberty at Gore Arena/John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center.