Crema sets Camels' season dig mark in win vs. S.C. State

Mary Crema
Mary Crema

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell registered a 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-17) sweep vs. South Carolina State on Tuesday evening at Gore Arena/John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center. Sophomore libero Mary Crema (Loveland, Ohio) tallied 17 digs for a season total of 545, passing Melissa Harvey on the Camels' yearly chart with 539 digs in 2006.

Campbell (13-11) saw contributions off the bench vs. South Carolina State (3-18). Freshmen setter Rebecca Ramirez (Long Beach, Calif.) ran the offense in the final frame, compiling 19 assists and four digs. Classmate middle blocker Jenny Tait (Ormiston, Australia) recorded seven kills and one block, while three kills and two digs were added junior outside Kendall Tart (Dunn, N.C.).

A match-best 10 kills were notched by sophomore outside Alexis Hein (Murrieta, Calif.). Junior outside Jessica Groen (Las Cruces, N.M.) recorded seven kills followed by senior middle blocker Lindsey Coats (Dunn, N.C.) and sophomore outside Katelyn Layden (Chapel Hill, N.C.) with five each.

Senior setter Heather Wilson (Concord, N.C.) filled the stat sheet with four kills, 11 assists and nine digs in a little over a set of action.

The Camels generated a season-high 14 service aces during the contest led by Crema with a personal best of five. Groen, Wilson and Ramirez all had multi-assist matches.

The overall offensive output posted 41 kills for a .291 hitting pct. The third set was the most impressive for the Camels with 16 kills and a .314 attacking mark.

Campbell totaled 61 digs as all 11 players on the roster registered at least one.

Crema also moved into the 10 spot on the Big South record book with 545 digs on the season. Next up on that list is Kelly Haseman (Liberty – 2009) and Brett Starbuck (Coastal Carolina – 2008) with 560.

Campbell concludes a six-match homestand at Gore Arena/John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center on Friday with its Camels for a Cure match against High Point at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.