JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - For the first time this season, the Western Carolina volleyball team dropped a five set contest. The Catamounts fell at ETSU Friday night 3-2 in Southern Conference action. The Catamounts won the first and fourth sets with the Buccaneers taking the second, third and fifth sets. Freshman Abigail Veit led the Catamount attack with 19 kills while sophomore Alyssa Zupan chipped in 11.
The loss drops WCU’s record to 7-11 overall and 2-3 in conference action while the Buccaneers improved to 10-6 overall and 2-2 in SoCon play.
ETSU had three athletes reach double-figures in kills led by Briana Allmon who had a match-high 28 kills.
Veit compiled a double-double for the Catamounts as she had 19 kills and 16 digs. She also chipped in a team-high four blocks including one solo. Zupan also had a double-double with 14 kills and 12 digs while picking up two blocks.
Sophomore Moea Osbey added nine kills to the Catamount attack with a solo block. Junior Jo-Leigh VerVelde dished out 47 assists in the match while digging up eight balls and blocking a pair of ETSU attacks.
The Catamounts won the opening set 25-22 before falling in the second set 25-23. The third set was a hard-fought battle that needed six extra points to decide a winner. The Bucs eventually came out on top 29-27. The fourth set went in WCU’s favor 25-21 before the Buccaneers pulled away in the fifth set winning 15-8.
The Catamounts will travel to Chattanooga, Tenn., for a match Saturday, Oct. 8 against the Mocs at 1 pm.