Campbell reaches national leaderboard for DCC volleyball

Mikaela Koski
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Photo by Stacy Bowlds

Erin Campbell (red jersey) digs the ball during one of the Lady Bucs' games last season.

All of the hard work Absarokee grad Erin Campbell has put into volleyball paid off at the end of last season, when she was recognized on the national leaderboard as one of the top junior college players in the country.

Campbell, a libero, was ranked in the top-20 nationwide for total digs, as well as for digs per set, after her second season playing for Dawson Community College.

In total digs, Campbell sat at 15th place in the nation after putting up 710 digs during the Lady Buccaneers’ 32-match season (121 sets). This breaks down to 5.87 digs per set, a number high enough to rank 16th in the country.

During Dawson’s 12 conference matches, Campbell racked up 287 digs, for a slightly higher 5.98 digs per set.

The former Husky athlete’s numbers grew stronger as the season progressed. In October, the final month of the season, the Lady Bucs played in 12 matches (46 sets). During that time, Campbell had 331 digs for an average of 7.20 digs per set. She recorded more than 30 digs in half of the 12 matches that month; before October, she had only reached 30 digs in one game.

Campbell’s season-high came on Oct. 8 at Miles City Community College, when she dug the ball 41 times.

The 2018 season was Campbell’s final season with the Lady Bucs, as Dawson is a two-year school.

She was among the first group of volleyball players to play with the Lady Bucs after the program was reinstated in 2017. The program was suspended in 2014 after losing its coach and players.

In addition to volleyball, Campbell has been actively giving back to the Glendive community through various events. She also designed this year’s 6C district volleyball tournament shirts.

Campbell will graduate this spring with her associate’s degree in fine arts. Currently, she has a 3.55 cumulative grade point average.

As for Campbell’s future, she plans to attend a four-year college to get her bachelor’s degree in art, as well as a graphic design certificate. She hopes to finish out her final two years of volleyball eligibility at a larger school.