Eagles Fall in Five to Campbellsville
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Asbury could not knock off the top seed in the NCCAA Mid-East Region semi-final after winning the first two sets the Eagles would lose the last three, 25-17, 25-22, 16-25, 20-25, 8-15. Asbury will wait to see if they will receive an at-large bid to the NCCAA National Tournament.
Asbury (33-5) forced Campbellsville into a -.049 attack percentage in the first set thanks in large part to a solid block attack that collected four total blocks. The Eagles collected 10 kills in the first set led by Brttney Rader’s three. Rader led the team with 11 kills on the day, Allison Rehner added 10.
The Eagles’ block led by Lindsay Ibold who racked up two solo blocks and four assists as well as eight kills. Lauren Budde contributed one solo block and three block assists.
Asbury was able to take the second set as they led from every point on after the Tigers took a 1-0 lead. Asbury collected 12 kills and hit .114 in the second set and Campbellsville recovered to hit .268 and tally 16 kills.
The Eagles had a chance to take the match in three as it was tied at 12, but that’s when Campbellsville pulled away. The Tigers scored 13 of the 17 points. They would carry that momentum into the fourth jumping out to a 6-1 lead. They would lead 21-12 before an Asbury rally cut it to 23-20, but Campbellsville closed out the last two points.
The Eagles would never really get close in the fifth set as the Tigers again took a 6-1 lead and an 8-3 at the changeover.
Emily Andrews led the Eagles with 15 digs and also tallied 22 assists and five kills. Mackenzie Burke would also add 22 assists, while Hannah Wheeler added 14 digs.