Volleyball holds Camels for a Cure on Friday vs. High Point

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Campbell welcomes High Point on Friday at 7 p.m. for the program's annual Camels for a Cure match at Gore Arena/John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center. Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.

The first 100 fans into match will receive a free pink T-shirt. Donations will also be accepted to benefit the Harnett Health Foundation. A $2 donation enables fans to have a chance to spin the prize wheel. For more information visit GoCamels.org.

Fans can follow the action by watching the contest against the Panthers on the free Big South Network. Links to live stats and video can be found at the top of the page.

After concluding a six-match home stand, the Camels embark on a four-game road trip beginning on Nov. 1 at Garner-Webb. Campbell plays its final home weekend on Nov. 15-16 against Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina.

CAMPBELL (13-11, 3-4) vs. HIGH POINT (10-12, 4-3)

Camels All-Time vs. High Point: 12-10
Series History: Campbell has won three of the past five meetings since returning to the Big South including a 3-2 win on the road on Sept. 27. The Panthers won the eight meetings prior from 2003-09, while the Camels took the first nine matchups in the series that began in 1997. At home, Campbell is 4-5, while the Panthers are 5-3 on their own floor. The Camels have won all four neutral site meetings.
Scouting Report: High Point is 4-3 in the Big South and 10-12 overall. The Panthers have notched league wins over Coastal Carolina (3-2), Charleston Southern (3-1), Liberty (3-0) and Winthrop (3-0). Chelsea Davis leads the Panthers' offense with 4.29 kills per set followed by Kristen Heldt with 3.09. At 9.05 assists per set, Maddie Simpson distributes the ball to the hitters on the attack. Annemarie Chin has totaled 5.45 digs per set. Blocking down 1.04 attacks per set as been Katie Vincent. Head Coach Jason Oliver is in his second season at the helm of the Panthers' program.

- The Camels are 7-3 in five-set matches and tied with VCU (7-3) for most wins in the nation in a decisive frame. Radford is the only other Division I program to play 10 such contests.
- Campbell has tallied a conference-best 141 service aces, but ranks second in average at 1.47 per set and 50th in the nation. Heather Wilson stands sixth (0.33) and Mary Crema is eighth (0.331 in the league's aces per set list.
- Campbell ranks 10th nationally and leads the Big South in digs per set at 17.39. Two-time Big South defensive player of the week, Mary Crema, ranks 17th nationally at 5.45 and is 11 digs away from setting the program's single-season dig mark.
- Jessica Groen leads the offensive attack with 2.60 kills per set. The presence of Alexis Hein (2.29), Lindsey Coats (2.29), Katelyn Layden (2.02) and Lorin Thomas (1.76) have provided the Camels with consistent offense threats.
- A 8.89 assists per set average has been totaled by Heather Wilson, who was the Big South Player of the Week on Sept. 9. She recently became the second player in school history to reach 3,000 assists.
- The career-best 20 kills by Jessica Groen at High Point on Sept. 27 were the most by a Camel since Allyson Goldback matched that total against Mercer on Oct. 20, 2010.
- Nine double-doubles, the third-highest total in the Big South, have been registered by Alexis Hein (kills/digs) and Heather Wilson (assists/digs). Katelyn Layden has notched five kills/digs double-doubles, while Jessica Groen has added three.

The first 100 fans into tonight's match will receive a free pink T-shirt. Donations will also be accepted to benefit the Harnett Health Foundation. A $2 donation enables fans to have a chance to spin the prize wheel. For more information visit GoCamels.org.

Mary Crema registered 17 digs against S.C. State and moved into first on the Camels' single-season charts with 545. Melissa Harvey was the previous record holder with 539 digs in 2006. Crema also stands 10th on the Big South digs  chart.  The 5.50 digs per set average is already a program best.

Mary Crema tallied 40 digs in the five-set loss to Radford on Oct. 12. It was the second-highest total in school history behind a 43-dig performance by Melissa Harvey at Lipscomb (10/13/06). The last time a Big South player achieved 40 digs was Raquel Miotto (UNCA) with 42 at High Point (10/25/08).  She has hit the 30-dig plateau in each of the last three matches.

Heather Wilson, a three-year starter for the Camels, has amassed 3,024 assists, the second most in school history. Jenny Bueno (1992-95) stands atop the list with 4,439. The Concord, N.C., native is also seventh all-time with 7.37 assists per set.

Jessica Groen has 257 kills on the season, surpassing her previous best of 201 in 2012. With 225 kills, Alexis Hein has already achieved a personal best in kills. Katelyn Layden has new career-highs in kills (199) and digs (276). Totaling personal-highs in kills (169) and blocks (71) is Lorin Thomas. 

First-year head coach Greg Goral has helped the Camels surpass their 7-24 mark from last year with an 8-4 start. Campbell posted a perfect 5-0 mark in five-set matches with wins over William & Mary, San Jose St., Indiana St., Georgetown and UNC Wilmington.