Campbell falls to Radford in Big South semifinal

Rachel Harty (BigSouthPhotos.com)
Rachel Harty (BigSouthPhotos.com)

 

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Campbell volleyball fell in the 2016 Big South semifinal to Radford, 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-14, 25-22) Saturday afternoon inside the Vines Center.

Campbell's offense was led by Allena Heath, who put down 16 kills and hit .282 during the contest. Madison Linxwiler added nine kills and Rachel Harty contributed eight of her own. Summer Schuitema had 25 assists and Rebecca Ramirez added 14. Kayla Schanback collected a match-high 25 digs on the evening.

Radford was led by Maddie Palmer's match-high 26 kills. Haley Kleespies added a match-high 49 assists and Kelby Jackson earned a team-high 21 digs.

Campbell claimed the first set, 25-23, capped off by a service ace from Schanback. Campbell opened up the set with a 9-6 edge, with kills from Linxwiler, Harty, and Loni Kreun. The lead stretched to seven, 13-6, after a kill down the line by Heath. The Camels maintained a four-point lead, 20-16, but Radford put together a 5-1 run to tie the match at 21-21. The Highlanders took a late 23-22 lead, but CU put together three straight points to take the 25-23 set win.

The Highlanders opened up the second set with an 8-3 lead with kills from Palmer and Amaya Rousseau. Campbell responded with its own 8-3 run to tie the match at 11-11. The two sides traded points throughout the set until 22-22. Radford rallied off three straight points, capped off by two kills from Palmer, as it won the set 25-23.

The third set opened with a 2-2 tie, as each side recorded a pair of kills. Radford went on a 10-1 run to take a 12-3 lead, including a pair of aces from Palmer. Trailing 18-5, Campbell closed the gap to nine points, 19-10, after a 5-1 spree. The Highlanders ended the set on a 6-4 run, to win 25-14.

Campbell and Radford opened the fourth set exchanging the opening 18 points, with five different Camels recording kills in that span. Radford opened up to a three-point advantage, 16-13, on a 7-4 run. Campbell closed the deficit to one, 21-20 after back-to-back kills from Heath. Radford took four of the final six points to win the set 25-22 and win the match 3-1.

The Camels finish the 2016 season with a 16-16 overall record and a 10-6 record in Big South play. It is the first season since rejoining the Big South that Campbell has posted a .500 record or better.