CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Western Carolina volleyball team suffered its third-straight loss Saturday afternoon as the Mocs of Chattanooga took a 3-1 victory over the Catamounts inside Maclellan Gym. Freshman Aleah Keaton picked up a team-high 12 kills for WCU while also blocking three Chattanooga attacks.
The Mocs jumped out to an early advantage as they took a 25-15 victory in the opening set but the Catamounts responded and took a convincing 25-20 win in the second set. The third set went back in UTC’s favor with the Mocs earning a 25-20 win. The fourth and final set porved to be the most highly contested as WCU would not give up. With the Mocs up 24-20, WCU rattled off two-straight points to force a UTC timeout. Following the timeout WCU struck once again to cut the Mocs’ lead to just one at 24-23. With the set in the balance the Mocs were able to get the final point of the match as Allie Davenport put down a kill to hang on for a 25-23 victory.
Freshman Abigail Veit and junior Katie O’Connor each added nine kills to WCU’s attack. Veit also had 12 digs while O’Connor led the team with four blocks including one solo stop. Sophomore Alyssa Zupan chipped in seven kills, eight digs and a pair of blocks as well.
The Mocs placed two attackers in double-figures for kills including Kristy Wieser with 13 and Miranda Elpers who had 12.
The loss drops WCU to 7-12 on the season and 2-4 in conference play while Chattanooga improved to 11-7 overall and 4-1 in SoCon play.
The Mocs led in nearly every statistical category including kills (56-46), hitting percentage (.181-.121), assists (50-38), service aces (7-5) and digs (85-75). Both teams picked up seven blocks.
The Catamounts will return to action next weekend with a pair of matches. WCU will open the weekend Friday, Oct. 14 at 6 pm as the Catamounts host Mercer. The weekend will continue with a match against ETSU on Saturday at 6 pm.