WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The Western Carolina volleyball team jumped out to a great start at the Colonial Classic hosted by William & Mary by sweeping winless Coppin State 3-0 Friday afternoon. Sophomore Moea Osbey had a career-high 10 kills in the match to lead the way for the Catamounts as WCU continues to play without junior setter Jo-Leigh VerVelde.
Osbey who came off the bench and played just two of the three sets made the most of her time on the court putting down 10 kills on just 20 attacks while registering just four errors. Her .300 hitting percentage was third on the team in the match as WCU's two middle blockers, juniors Kaycey Cermin and Katie O'Connor, each hit over .400 in the match. Cermin hit .429 while putting down seven kills and O'Connor led the team with a .625 percentage while registering six kills on just eight attacks.
The victory moved WCU's record to 5-4 while Coppin State dropped to 0-9 on the year.
Freshman Meagan Sanchez picked up a career-high 28 digs despite the match only going three sets. Her previous high was 25 digs in the four set loss to Tennessee Tech.
The Catamounts battled in the opening two sets as both teams exchanged the lead a number of times before WCU came out on top 25-22 in both sets. The third and final set saw the Catamounts take the lead and never look back as they cruised to a 25-18 victory.
WCU will return to action tomorrow, Sept. 10, against host William & Mary and in-state rival Charlotte.