Sarah Colla, the 2018 Big South Freshman of the Year, has been named to the 2019 Big South Preseason All-Conference Team, while Campbell has been slotted fifth in the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll, as announced Thursday by the league offices.
Colla joins teammate Allena Heath (2018) and former Fighting Camels Jessica Stocking (2018) and Mary Crema (2014, 2015) as the fourth volleyball student-athlete to receive a preseason distinction from the Big South. The naming of the preseason all-conference team began in 2006 and Campbell rejoined the league in 2011.
Colla finished the 2018 season as the Big South’s top freshman attacker with 340 kills (3.58 per set) and 397 points (4.18 per set), earning a spot on the All-Big South First Team and All-Big South Freshman Team. Overall, her 340 kills led the Fighting Camels and ranked third in the league, and, defensively, she recorded Campbell’s fourth-most digs (174) and third-most blocks (49.0).
A sophomore from Carlsbad, California, Colla tied a Campbell single-match record and set a Big South five-set record with 35 kills in a 3-2 win over Charleston Southern on Sept. 21. She amassed double-digit kills in 10 matches while also tallying seven double-doubles.
High Point was picked to repeat as Big South Champions, taking five first-place votes and 93 total points. Radford (4 first-place, 89 points) and Winthrop (1, 81) followed in the poll, while Campbell (53) came in behind UNC Asheville with 62 points. The remaining sixth through 10th spots went to USC Upstate, Charleston Southern, Presbyterian, Hampton and Gardner-Webb.
The Fighting Camels open their 2019 campaign Friday, Aug. 30, against the Georgia Southern Eagles as part of the Mercer Bears Classic in Macon, Georgia. The upcoming season will be head coach Greg Goral’s seventh year at the helm.