Aug. 24, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. - Fifth-game hitting errors proved to be the difference, as Campbell University edged Loyola College, 30-18, 26-30, 30-26, 27-30, 18-16, Friday evening in the season opener for both teams at the North Carolina Central University Tournament.
The Camels (1-0) hit .192 with seven kills and only two errors in the deciding fifth game, while Loyola (0-1) hit .029, giving up nine points on hitting miscues.
"We played very hard tonight, but we had too many errors in the fifth game," Head Coach Kristina Hernandez said. "I thought that we played well, but the errors in the fifth game were the total difference."
Sophomore outside hitter Anastasia Collins (Jeffersonville, Pa./Villa Maria Academy), playing on front row for the first time in college, finished with 14 kills and a .323 hitting percentage. She exceeded the kill total (10) she posted during her entire freshman campaign in the first match of 2007.
Collins also contributed five aces and assisted on three blocks.
Freshman outside hitter Nina Camaioni (Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown High School) notched a double-double in her first match for the Greyhounds, finishing with 13 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Karlee Woodward (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral High School) added 12 kills and five block assists, hitting .292 in the match.
Campbell freshman outside hitter Emily Werner led the Camels with 13 kills and 10 digs, while freshman outside hitter Taylor Deering chipped in 12 kills.
The Camels hit .177 in the match, while holding Loyola to a .152 clip.
Loyola returns to the court for three matches tomorrow. The Greyhounds take on Norfolk State University (9 a.m.), North Carolina State (1 p.m.) and South Carolina State (5 p.m.) on the second day of the tournament.