Greensboro, N.C. – Junior outside hitter Abigail Veit led Western Carolina with her 14th double-double of the season but the Catamounts dropped a 3-1 decision to The Citadel in the First Round of the 2018 Southern Conference Tournament on Friday morning at UNCG’s Fleming Gymnasium. The Citadel won by scores of 20-25, 27-25, 25-20 and 25-20.
The Bulldogs are 10-20 while Western Carolina concludes the season at 12-16.
Veit had a team-best 10 kills and 15 digs. Meagan Sanchez had a season-high 29 digs, followed by Veit and Caroline Perret with 15 and Hannah Price with 13. Price had 19 assists followed by Sydney Carlson with 17. Madison McNally and Alexys Mann each had career-highs in kills with seven and six, respectively.
Sharlissa De Jesus led The Citadel with a match-best 22 kills and 35 digs. Mellanie King had 14 kills. Megan Fuhr handed out a team-leading 47 assists.
With De Jesus serving, the Bulldogs scored five straight points for a 7-2 lead in the first set. Western Carolina answered with three points and tied the set at 10 on a Price kill. The Catamounts used a 5-0 run to claim a 17-13 lead and led by no fewer than two points for the remainder of the set.
An Aleah Keaton kill gave the Catamounts a 16-11 advantage in the second set before the Bulldogs used a 5-0 run to tie the score at 16. The Catamounts led 21-19 following a McNally kill before the Bulldogs scored four of the next five points for a 24-22 lead. Western Carolina fended off set point thanks to a pair of Veit kills and an attack error by the Citadel for a 25-24 advantage, but the Bulldogs closed out the set with three straight points to even the match.
Following a Mann kill that brought the Catamounts within three, 15-12 in the third set, The Citadel won three of the next four points for an 18-14 lead. Western Carolina got no closer than five points for the rest of the set.
Western Carolina won the first two points of the fourth set before The Citadel pulled ahead 10-6 following a Catamount error. WCU used a 4-0 run capped by a Veit kill for a 17-16 edge in the middle stages of the set. The Bulldogs took advantage of consecutive Catamount errors to break an 18-18 tie and scored the last four points of the set to win the match.
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