Coats Leads Camels to Five Set Win Over High Point
BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Lindsey Coats totaled 20 points on 14 kills and eight blocks to pace Campbell in a 3-2 (20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13) win over Big South rival High Point Tuesday night inside the Pope Center.
Campbell moves to 11-13 on the year with a 4-4 Big South mark, earning a sweep of the Panthers on the season. HPU falls to 7-15 overall and 4-4 in league play. The win is Campbell's second straight five set win, moving to 4-0 in five set contests this season.
Coats, a sophomore from Dunn, N.C., notched her career-high 14 scores on 32 swings with only two miscues, hitting .375. Coats also posted an ace to go along with her six assisted and two solo blocks, also career-bests.
Junior outside hitter Ally Russo reached double figures for the second straight match with 10 kills, tacking on seven digs in the win. Annie Kobeski and Brooke Kelley gathered eight and seven kills, respectively, while Jessica Groen registered six.
Sophomore setter Heather Wilson tied a career-high with 46 assists, marking the Concord, N.C. native's seventh match in a row with 30 or more helpers. Wilson also picked up 12 digs. Senior defensive specialists Kelsey Campbell and Lauren Garza notched 17 and 13 digs.
Leading High Point was junior outside hitter Courtney Johnk with 20 kills, three aces and seven digs. Kristin Heldt and Michelle Chakirelis posted 16 and 13 kills each while combining for six blocks. Lauren Bell, a junior setter, tallied 56 assists, 15 digs and three aces in the loss, while Molly Barlow and Chelsea Davis recorded 28 and 19 digs on the night.
Facing a 16-14 deficit in the first set, the Panthers charged back with three straight points to take a one score lead on Courtney Johnk's ace. After Lindsey Coats' kill tied the set at 17-all, HPU posted an 8-3 run to close the set and take a 25-20 win.
The Camels evened the match with a 25-22 win in the second behind three kills and three blocks from Coats, and took the 2-1 set lead after three with three kills from Russo in the third as CU claimed that set 25-21.
Despite six scores from Coats in the fourth, the Panthers pulled even with a 25-22 advantage, as Heldt and Johnk punched in five kills apiece.
The Camels quickly built an 8-3 lead in the fifth behind seven Panther errors, but HPU roared back to tie it at 8-all and took the lead at 9-8 on a 6-0 run. Still knotted at 13-all, Campbell used a Panther error and a match-clinching kill from Kelsey Marek to grab the fifth set win, 15-13. Marek recorded all four of her kills on the night in the fifth.
The Camels will break until Oct. 28, when the team travels to UNC Asheville.
The Panthers have a week off before their next match on Oct. 28 at Gardner-Webb. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
PC Volleyball Edges ETSU in Five Sets
After falling into a two-set deficit against East Tennessee State, the Presbyterian College volleyball team rallied to force a fifth set and won15-13, to take the match, 3-2, in action this evening at Templeton Arena in Clinton, S.C. The Blue Hose won by scores of 17-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-21 and 15-13.
PC improves to 8-14, while the Bucs drop to 10-13.
Leading PC in kills was Presley Mabrey with 19 and following Cann's 17 was Allison Brown with her 10. Ashtin Frank recorded 52 assists and Mary Trimpe held the floor defensively with 29 digs. PC hit 58-of-146 for a .219 percentage and had nine services aces and four blocks.
ETSU hit 59-of-143 for a .280 hitting percentage and posted seven service aces and nine team blocks. Megan Devin led all attackers with 20 kills on the night for the Bucs. Jamie Rutledge led with 37 assists and Kiley Tamblyn paced the team with 16 digs.
The Blue Hose were almost flawless in the fifth set, hitting nine-of 20 kill attempts. The fifth set saw 10 ties, the last coming at 13-13. Aubrey Dooley nailed a service ace to set up match point and Caroline Cann, who finished the night with 17 kills, hit her last of the night at the most opportune time, giving the Blue Hose the 15-13 advantage and win.
PC and ETSU were close for much of the first set but down 13-14, the Blue Hose were outscored 6-3 and fell behind 20-15 on .057 hitting from the floor. ETSU extended its lead and won the first set 25-17.
A 6-2 run by the Bucs broke open a 19-19 tie, giving ETSU the 25-21 win in the second set, despite a strong performance by Cann, who had five kills and no errors in the losing effort.
PC's second-best hitting performance came in the third set as the Blue Hose were 14-of-26 with just five errors as Mabrey led the team to the 25-23 win with seven kills. The Blue Hose were down 10-5 and outscored the Bucs, 10-5, to tie the set at 15-15. A close battle ensued with no team able to take the clear advantage until, tied at 23-23, Mabrey and Brown took perfect sets from Frank to sail the ball past ETSU for back-to-back kills for the set win.
Despite the close 25-21 fourth set win, the Blue Hose never lost the lead and were only tied once at 1-1. PC led by as much as seven, 20-13, before ETSU went on a small run to cut the margin to three, 21-18. The Blue Hose won the next three points to lead 24-18 and held on for the 25-21 win.
PC next hosts Radford in Big South Conference play Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.