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