Updated Thursday, Sept. 13 at 3:05 pm ET

Cullowhee, N.C. – As the Eastern seaboard – and more appropriately the states of North and South Carolina – continue to prepare for the approach of Hurricane Florence, Western Carolina Athletics continues to monitor the weather and will update CatamountSports.com with related schedule alterations and cancellations.

Florence, a Category 3 storm on Wednesday afternoon with sustained winds of 125 mph, is projected to maintain its current track and make landfall in the southeastern coast of North Carolina later this week. Tropical storm force, destructive winds and flood-producing rainfall could be felt as early as Thursday and are forecast to potentially last through the weekend.

Safety and welfare of everyone in the path of the storm remain paramount and all decisions regarding WCU athletic events – both home and on the road – are made in the best interest of ensuring the safety of student-athletes, coaches, staff, and fans.

See notes below regarding all scheduled athletic competitions the remainder of this week for Western Carolina and Catamount Athletics. Additional updates will be made available online through CatamountSports.com, as well as WCU’s social media outlet on Twitter using the handle, @Catamounts.


FOOTBALL:

Officials at Gardner-Webb and Western Carolina have agreed to move Saturday’s scheduled football game between the Catamounts (1-0) and Runnin’ Bulldogs (1-1) to Friday, Sept. 14 with a 6:00 pm kickoff at Ernest W. Spangler Stadium due to impending threat associated with Hurricane Florence.

Friday’s game is slated to be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network with online audio available through Stretch Internet on CatamountSports.com. Information on additional CSN affiliates will be passed along when available. Airtime for Friday’s game is 5:00 pm with the Pepsi Tailgate Show ahead of the 6:00 pm kickoff.

Friday’s game will also stream live on ESPN+ (subscription required) with Fabian Fuentes and Blake McCandless calling the action.

“After consulting with on-campus officials and speaking with [athletics director] Randy Eaton at Western Carolina, we are in agreement that Friday gives our teams the best opportunity to play the game without adverse effects from the weather,” said Gardner-Webb Vice President for Athletics Chuck Burch, “We will continue to monitor conditions.”

Fans are reminded to be cautious and stay safe as it relates to potentially traveling to Boiling Springs, N.C., for the football game on Friday evening. Please check back to CatamountSports.com and WCU’s social media outlets (@Catamounts, @WCU_FB on Twitter) for any additional updates.

For more information on Friday’s game, or for tickets, contact the Gardner-Webb Athletics Department at (704) 406-4340.

NOTE: Friday night's Catamount Club pregame event at Newgrass Brewing in Shelby has been cancelled, as well as the PurpleZone pregame tailgate that was slated to take place at Spangler Stadium prior to the game … Also, all tickets purchased for the game are available for pick up at the Visiting Team Will Call located behind the visitors stands beginning at 4:00 pm.


CROSS COUNTRY:

Saturday's second meet of the season - the Furman Cross Country Classic - has been cancelled due to Hurricane Florence. The meet was scheduled to be held on-campus in Greenville, S.C. Western Carolina's cross country teams are next slated to compete in the Queen City Invitational in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday, Sept. 28.


VOLLEYBALL:

Following tonight’s match at mountain-rival UNC Asheville, Western Carolina was slated to travel to Wilmington, N.C., for the 2018 Hampton Inn Seahawk Invitational. However, with the coastal Carolina’s under mandatory evacuations and UNC Wilmington dismissing classes the remainder of the week, the five-team tournament was canceled by UNCW earlier this week.

WCU volleyball (6-5) is scheduled to return to action next Wednesday, Sept 19 as it opens Southern Conference play against ETSU in the Ramsey Center. Match time is 6:00 pm in a match that can be seen on ESPN+.


WOMEN’S SOCCER

With potential travel risks associated with the approaching Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, Thursday’s match between the Catamounts and the USF Bulls scheduled for Tampa, Fla., was cancelled. Also, updated on Thursday afternoon, Sunday's scheduled nonconference match against the Davidson Wildcats has also been cancelled due to projected travel issues through the weekend across central to western North Carolina.

With the pair of cancellations, Western Carolina (3-3-2) will now return to action with a pair of Southern Conference matches Fri., Sept. 21 and Sun., Sept. 23 in Cullowhee against Wofford and Furman, respectively.


WOMEN’S GOLF:

Due to the forecast of flood-producing rainfall and projected widespread wind damage from Hurricane Florence, Western Carolina women's golf's season-opening tournament -- the 2018 Pirate Collegiate Classic hosted by East Carolina at the Greenville (N.C.) Country Club -- has been cancelled. WCU first-year head coach Courtney Gunter stated that she will work to find another make-up event this fall. Otherwise, the Catamounts are now slated to open their 2018-19 schedule Oct. 1-2 at the Starmount Fall Classic, hosted by UNCG at the Starmount Forest Club in Greensboro, N.C.


Western Carolina Athletics Weekly Schedule & Schedule Changes:

  

Thursday, Sept. 13

Women’s Soccer at USF (Tampa, Fla.) – CANCELLED

 

Friday, Sept. 14

Volleyball at UNC Wilmington (Hampton Inn Seahawk Invitational, Wilmington) – CANCELLED

Football at Gardner-Webb, 6:00 pm - RESCHEDULED DATE

 

Saturday, Sept. 15

Cross Country at Furman Cross Country Classic, – CANCELLED

Volleyball vs. South Carolina State (Hampton Inn Seahawk Invitational, Wilmington) – CANCELLED

Volleyball vs. Providence (Hampton Inn Seahawk Invitational, Wilmington) – CANCELLED

Football at Gardner-Webb, 6:00 pm - MOVED TO FRIDAY

 

Sunday, Sept. 16

Women’s Soccer vs. Davidson – CANCELLED

Women’s Golf at ECU Pirate Classic (Greenville, N.C.) – CANCELLED

 

Monday, Sept. 17

Women’s Golf at ECU Pirate Classic (Greenville, N.C.) – CANCELLED

 

Tuesday, Sept. 18

Women’s Golf at ECU Pirate Classic (Greenville, N.C.) – CANCELLED

 

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