TAMPA, Fla. - The Western Carolina volleyball team split a pair of matches on the opening day of the USF Classic including downing BIG EAST member Georgetown 3-0. The Catamounts traveled to Tampa, Fla., just in time to meet Hurricane Hermine as the storm made landfall in the early hours of Friday morning. Despite the USF campus being closed Friday, the USF Classic went on as scheduled as WCU played a pair of matches against host USF and Georgetown.
The opening match did not end in WCU's favor as the host Bulls downed the Catamounts 3-0 but WCU responded later in the evening with a 3-0 sweep of its own against the Hoyas.
Freshman Abigail Veit led the way against the Hoyas as she was the lone Catamount to reach double-figures in kills with 12. Three others chipped in five kills each including sophomore Alyssa Zupan, junior Katie O'Connor and sophomore Moea Osbey.
Junior Jo-Leigh VerVelde registered a double-double in the match with 25 assists and 17 digs which both led the squad while also putting up three blocks including one solo stop. Osbey and freshman Aleah Keaton also each added a solo block while Keaton led all Catamounts with five total blocks.
Freshman Meagan Sanchez dug up 12 balls from her libero position.
The Catamounts who improved to 3-2 with the victory won the first set 27-25 before taking the final two sets 25-18 and 25-15.
The first match saw the Bulls jump out to a 2-0 lead after winning 25-18 and 25-7 but the third set was highly contested before the Bulls pulled away 27-25.
Veit led the way in kills with seven while Osbey added five. VerVelde had a double-double with 24 assists and 10 digs and Sanchez led the team with 18 digs.
The Catamounts will now turn their attention to Florida Atlantic and New Mexico who they will face Saturday afternoon.