Cullowhee, N.C. – Senior Abigail Veit led Western Carolina with a match-high 14 kills as the Catamounts won their fourth consecutive match thanks to a 3-1 win over Mercer on Saturday evening at the Ramsey Center. WCU won by scores of 25-8, 25-27, 25-20 and 25-11.

Western Carolina improves to 16-9 overall and 10-2 in the Southern Conference. Mercer drops to 11-15 and 4-9. With the win the Catamounts have double-digit league wins for the first time since 2002.

Veit recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 14 kills and 11 digs. Meagan Sanchez had a team-best 17 digs. Hannah Price posted her 12th double-double with 30 assists and 14 digs. The Catamounts tied a season-high with nine service aces, four of which came from Sanchez.

Annie Karle led Mercer with 11 kills followed by Jaida Howell with 10. Megan Smith had a match-best 20 digs.

The Catamounts opened the match on a 9-1 run and led by no fewer than seven points for the rest of the set.

A tightly contested second set featured 10 ties and nine lead changes. WCU led 20-17 following a Mercer error but the Bears battled back and tied the set at 23 on a Lexi Uhrhan service ace. The teams traded the next two points before WCU pulled ahead 25-24 on a Bear attack error. Mercer won the next three points to take the set and even the match.

With the third set tied at 6, Western Carolina scored the next three points for a 9-6 edge only to have the Bears pull within one, 11-10. WCU responded with four of the next five points and extended their lead to 20-12 following a MaKenzie White kill. The Catamounts led 22-16 before the visitors trimmed the WCU lead to four, 24-20. A block by Veit and Aleah Keaton clinched the set for the Catamounts.

WCU scored the first three points of the fourth set before a Brittany Major kill brought the visitors within a point, 3-2. The Catamounts responded with five straight points and pushed their lead to a 22-9 thanks to a Mercer error. The match ended on a White kill.

The Catamounts open a three-match road trip on Friday, traveling to Wofford at 6 p.m.

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