CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina volleyball teams topped visiting Samford Saturday afternoon 3-1 inside the Ramsey Center. The victory was just the seventh all-time against the Bulldogs for WCU in 25 meetings. Freshman Aleah Keaton had the best match of her young career as she led the way with 15 kills and a team-high tying five blocks including one solo. Keaton achieved her 15 kills on 23 swings with just one error for a team-high .609 hitting percentage.
Sophomore Moea Osbey chipped in 10 kills and a huge solo block while junior Katie O’Connor added eight kills on 16 attacks without an error for a .500 hitting percentage. O’Connor tied Keaton for the lead in blocks with five as well including one solo stop.
VerVelde dished out 35 assists while digging up nine balls and blocking four Samford attacks. She also led the squad with a pair of service aces. Veit led the team with 17 digs while Zupan added 12. Junior Reeve Reinsborough had 11 digs while freshman libero Meagan Sanchez chipped in 10.
The victory moved WCU to 2-1 in Southern Conference play and 7-9 overall while the Bulldogs dropped to 10-8 overall and 1-2 in conference action.
WCU held the Bulldogs to a .087 hitting percentage while hitting at a .180 clip. The Catamounts out-dug Samford 67-59 and out-blocked the Bulldogs 12-8.
WCU won the first two sets 25-21 and 25-20 before giving up a five point lead in the third set and falling 25-20. The fourth and final set was all Catamounts as WCU dominated from start to finish winning 25-14.
The Catamounts will welcome in Wofford Wednesday night at 6 pm. The Terriers are also 2-1 in conference play this season.