Cullowhee, N.C. – The Western Carolina volleyball team held The Citadel to a -0.19 attack percentage as the Catamounts claimed a 3-0 victory over the Bulldogs on Friday evening inside the Ramsey Center. Western Carolina won by scores of 25-8, 25-23 and 25-17.
Western Carolina improves to 11-10 overall and 5-5 in Southern Conference play while The Citadel drops to 8-12 and 3-6.
Abigail Veit led the Catamount offense with 10 kills, followed closely by Merry Gebel with nine. Gebel tallied a team-best 14 digs followed by Meagan Sanchez with 11. Haley Multerer was credited with one solo block and four block assists while Morgan Williams had a season-best one solo block and three block assists. Hannah Price had 16 assists while Sydney Carlson had 13. Carlson also had Western Carolina’s lone service ace.
Sumerlyn Carruthers had seven kills to lead the Bulldogs. Caricia Rodriguez had 12 digs while Megan Fuhr had a match-high 20 assists.
The Catamounts opened the match on an 8-2 run. Following an attack error that made the score 8-3, the Catamounts went on a 9-0 run, taking a 17-3 lead on a Mellanie King attack error. A Gebel kill wrapped up the first set.
In a second set that had both teams struggling to gain separation, a Veit kill gave the Catamounts an 18-15 edge. A pair of errors gave the Bulldogs a 23-22 advantage before Western Carolina scored three straight points for a 25-23 win and a 2-0 lead in the match. The set had three lead changes and nine tie scores.
Following an Alicia Roberts kill that gave The Citadel a 10-8 lead, the Catamounts answered with an 8-4 run as they took a 16-12 lead following an attack error by Sarah Dobrich. The Bulldogs pulled within a point, 17-16, but the Catamounts closed out the set on an 8-1 run to claim the match.
Western Carolina hosts Mercer on Sunday at 2 p.m. Senior libero Emma Tynan will be honored as part of Senior Day festivities prior to the match.