Schisler Shifts Into Leadership Role

Written by: Matthew Sokol, Campbell blog contributor

A force to be reckoned with on the diamond and a vocal powerhouse in the dugout. This is one of the best ways to describe Amber Schisler, the senior pitcher and emotional leader for Campbell.

“The fact that people see that she works extra hard while it pays off for her numbers and production wise, it becomes easier for people to look at her and migrate towards Amber as a leader,” said head coach Todd Bradley.

Bradley recognizes that the work she does for her team is self-induced. Schisler isn’t asked to be a leader; she does it from within.

“It is something that she just believes in, and she does a good job of bringing the team together keeping them up.”

Being one of the leaders on the Campbell Softball team isn’t an easy thing to do, but Schisler’s teammates have quickly noticed the asset she’s become for the Camels.

“I trust Amber and we have been through a lot together,” said Madison Herring. “I think the biggest thing is that when you are in stressful situations, you look for people who have been through it before and Amber is one of the main people we look toward.”

Herring is cognizant of what Schisler provides to the team, and they are both close with Melissa Tullar, who holds down the first base spot on the diamond. All three girls trust one another. Tullar knows that Schisler keeps things real on and off the field.

“I think that Amber is very straightforward, and whenever we need to hear somebody; Amber is that person to help guide us,” said Tullar. “I really think her best quality is no matter what the score of the game is, she is always loud.”

Players mention that no matter if the game is going great or times are tough, Schisler has everyone’s back. Schisler’s view on herself as a leader, meanwhile, remains selfless.

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“My teammates motivate me, and they are my sisters,” said Schisler. “As the season has gone on, I see us getting closer and it portrays out at practice. It makes my heart happy to see a group of girls all playing for each other.”

Becoming a strong leader on the field didn’t just happen overnight for Schisler. Time and patience were vital in her development as a leader for Campbell Softball.

“It was a big transition for me [becoming a leader on the team], and I think it was a matter of working hard while doing what you are supposed to do,” noted Schisler.

As the Fighting Camels head into the heart of Big South play, Schisler recognizes the importance of playing her role both on the diamond and as one of the main leaders.

“I think it naturally comes to a balance and people to start look for you. Whether it is communicating with the team or coaches, somewhere at my time at Campbell people starting to me for things; I took on that role and ran with it.”

The Fighting Camels return to action Saturday in a doubleheader at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium starting at 1:00 pm as they take on the Liberty Flames in a three-game set. Make sure to follow @GoCamelsSB on Twitter for the latest updates.

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Postseason Play Poses Tough Challenge

Written by: Matthew Sokol, Campbell blog contributor

Postseason basketball has arrived in Buies Creek as the Fighting Camels (21-9, 13-5 BSC) will battle St. Francis (Pa.) (16-14, 13-5 NEC) tonight in the first round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational postseason tournament, the first-ever women’s basketball postseason game inside Gore Arena.

“We have another chance to compete in the postseason, and it is something to be proud of,” said senior Brianna Cribb. “I think everyone is just trying to get their mind right coming off three consecutive losses, and hopefully we just go out and play hard.”

The opportunity to keep the 2016-2017 season alive is something that head coach Ronny Fisher and the rest of his squad is excited about. An area vital for tonight’s success will remain centered around playing good defense for 40 minutes, according to Fisher, who pointed out that the Red Flash present an interesting matchup of strength vs. strength.

“The pairing is a really tough one as they can really score,” noted Fisher. “They scored 103 points on Wisconsin [back on Nov.13] so they are very good. We have to do a great job and our strength has been on defense all year so we have to do a good job of that.”

The Camels ranked first in the country in scoring defense this season (48.6 PPG allowed average) and want to maintain that stalwart effort against the high-scoring Red Flash, who rank 22nd overall in the NCAA averaging just over 75 points per game.

As one of the team’s leaders, Cribb has been preparing for moments like tonight throughout her entire career. The Fighting Camels focused on improving their performance on both sides of the floor during practice this week after the quarterfinal round loss last Friday in the Big South Conference Tournament against No. 7 seed UNC Asheville, the eventual tournament champions.

“We have been reiterating what Coach Fisher has been saying, and just pushing his sales pitch that we still can be good and do great things in this tournament,” said Cribb.

This Campbell squad has a lot of different factors to be focusing on during the game against St. Francis (Pa.) as the Red Flash rank second nationally making 10.6 threes per game while averaging 6.5 blocks per game; also the second-best mark in the country.

For Brianna Cribb and the Fighting Camels, the key to winning tonight’s game relies upon their ability to translate good defense into solid offensive possessions.

“I feel that if you can stop a team from scoring, and that you can put good numbers as well; you have a good chance to win the game,” said Cribb. “Our team has to focus more on offense, and make sure that we are executing our plays right.”We also have to take our time and not rush at a speed that they want to play at all night.”

The last time these two teams met was on New Year ’s Eve back in 1994 during a holiday tournament where the Red Flash came away with the victory on their home court. Tonight’s Women’s Basketball Invitational contest starts at 7 p.m. inside Gore Arena and fans can watch the action live on the Big South Network.

Postseason Tournament Fan Invite

Campbell Women’s Basketball begins postseason play Thursday night at 7 p.m. hosting St. Francis Pa. and the squad spent some time personally inviting fans across the area to support the Fighting Camels in the opening round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational.

The Fighting Camels finished second in the Big South Conference this season and head coach Ronny Fisher earned Coach of the Year Honors. For more information on the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI), click here for the latest.

Remember to follow @GoCamelsWBB on Twitter and Instagram to follow the Campbell Women’s Basketball team all throughout postseason play.