PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville volleyball team hung around with Campbellsville University most of the night on Thursday night. Campbellsville pulled away to win 3-0 over the Bears in the Mid-South Conference match at UPIKE Gym.
After falling behind 6-1 in the opening set, the Bears rallied back to take a 15-14 lead on an ace from Rachel Murphy. An ace from Kaitlyn Welsh extended it to 17-15, then Connor Cook smacked a kill to put the Bears in business at 21-18.
But the tone for the rest of the match was decided over the next few points as Campbellsville (13-11, 5-6 MSC) used a 6-0 run to take a 24-21 lead before winning it on a kill by Annija Abolina. The Tigers cruised to a 25-16 win in the second set, then turned a 17-16 deficit in the final frame to a 25-19 decision after a late 7-0 run.
Sydney Hall led UPIKE (11-18, 0-13 MSC) with 10 kills, Savanna Zakman dished out 23 assists and Murphy picked up six digs. Cassidy Tackett was valuable up front, sending back three blocks to go along with five kills on 10 swings. The Bears hit .194 as a team, while Campbellsville tallied a .342 mark.
Abolina led all players with 13 kills, followed by her teammate Mirela Vasconselos with 11. The pair posted gaudy individual hitting numbers at .632 and .526, respectively. Inoa Field matched Zakman with 23 assists, Marcella Compeau had 12 digs and Julia Fonseca had four solo blocks.