Coats’ career night not enough in 3-2 loss at Radford

Lindsey Coats (Courtesy of Bennett Scarborough)
Lindsey Coats (Courtesy of Bennett Scarborough)

RADFORD, Va. – Campbell senior middle blocker Lindsey Coats (Dunn, N.C.) tallied a personal-best 17 kills and five blocks in a 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 24-26, 25-15, 16-14) loss to Radford at the Dedmon Center on Friday Night. The Highlanders' registered three-straight kills to clinch the contest after the Camels had match point at 14-13 in the fifth.

The loss drops the Camels to 13-15 overall and 3-8 in the Big South, while Radford moves to 19-9 and 8-3 in league action. This was the second five-set match the two teams played this year with the Highlanders also taking the earlier meeting in Buies Creek.

"We did a great job executing in all phases of the game," said head coach Greg Goral. "I'm really proud of how we approached and sustained our intensity throughout the match. I really look forward to seeing what we can do tomorrow at Liberty."

Junior Jessica Groen (Las Cruces, N.M.) tallied 11 kills, while eight kills each were contributed by sophomores Lorin Thomas (Raleigh, N.C.) and Alexis Hein (Murrieta, Calif.).

The setting duo of senior Heather Wilson (Concord, N.C.) and sophomore Rebecca Ramirez (Long Beach, Calif.) each totaled 21 assists.

A career-high six service aces were recorded by Hien.

Pacing the back row was sophomore libero Mary Crema (Loveland, Ohio) with 24 digs. Wilson notched a double-double by adding 16 digs.

The all-around play of Wiechecki with 22 kills/19 digs and Cheyenne James with 18 kills/24 digs led Radford. Braden also notched a double-double with 40 assists and 22 digs.

The Highlanders out-blocked the Camels, 16.5 to 10.0, leading to a number of Campbell mistakes. Short for Radford recorded a match-high seven, while Coats and sophomore middle blocker Jenny Tait (Ormiston, Australia) each tallied five.

Campbell used an 8-0 run to take a decisive 13-5 lead in the opening frame as Hein delivered three service aces. Coats ended the stanza with a kill to secure the 25-21 victory.

The run in the second set came from the Highlanders, who used a 9-2 run to extend their advantage to 14-7. Campbell rallied at the end, scoring eight of the final 13 points, but came up short, 25-20.

The most competitive set turned out to be the third with 14 ties and nine lead changes. With the Camels holding a 23-19 advantage, Radford scored five-straight points to earn set point.

A big kill from Thomas gave the Camels an opportunity and they took advantage with a Layden block and mistake from the Highlanders to notch the 26-24 victory.

Coming back to knot the match at two-all was Radford with a 25-15 victory in the fourth, capped by an 8-0 run to end the frame. 

The Camels wrap up a four-match road trip on Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest at Liberty. Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern come to Gore Arena on Nov. 15-16 to complete the regular season. Seniors Coats and Wilson will be honored prior to their final match against Charleston Southern on Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.