Campbell volleyball completes weekend sweep of N.C. Central

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After sweeping North Carolina Central in Buies Creek Friday night, Campbell University volleyball completed the weekend sweep of the Eagles with another 3-0 victory (25-23, 26-24, 34-32) Saturday afternoon inside McDougald-McLendon Arena.

Freshman setter Emily Mitter paired 27 assists and 16 digs, both career highs, for her first collegiate double-double. Rookie libero Elyse Gross led the Campbell defense with 24 digs, her second match this season with over 20 digs.

Three Fighting Camels logged double-digit kills in the win as Allena Heath finished with a team-high 12 kills and both Sarah Colla and Ananda Patterson recorded 11 kills. Patterson committed no errors across 20 attacks for a .550 hitting percentage.

Campbell trailed 21-19 late in the first set before a kill by Colla sparked a quick 3-0 spurt, forcing N.C. Central to take a timeout with the Camels leading 22-21. Out of the break, a Campbell attack error tied the score at 22 apiece. Kills by Patterson, Lailah Green and Heath sealed the first set win for the Camels, 25-23.

After trailing by as many as four in set two, the Camels came back to tie the score at 16 before going up by five, 21-16. The 5-0 run started with a kill by Green and featured a pair of aces by Colla and two N.C. Central errors. Out of an Eagle timeout, N.C. Central reached set point, 24-22, following an 8-1 run, forcing the Camels to take a timeout. Campbell closed the set on a 4-0 run to win it, 26-24, and go up 2-0 in the match.

Campbell secured its second victory of the 2019 season after winning a back-and-forth third set, 34-32.

Next weekend, the Camels welcome The Citadel, North Dakota and South Carolina State to Buies Creek for the Comfort Inn Fuquay Invitational. Campbell plays its first match Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. against North Dakota before a pair of games on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. versus The Citadel and 5 p.m. versus S.C. State.

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