Oct. 21, 2016

Final Stats

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Despite producing the second best hitting percentage of the season Friday night, the Western Carolina volleyball team was swept in Birmingham, Ala., by host Samford in Southern Conference action. WCU hit .277 as a team but it was not enough to stop the Bulldogs who swung at a .371 clip Friday evening in route to a 3-0 victory.

Freshman Abigail Veit had one of her best matches offensively as she picked up 12 kills on just 22 swings while producing two errors. She also picked up seven digs over the three sets. Junior Katie O’Connor chipped in seven kills on 12 swings while sophomore Moea Osbey added five kills.

The Bulldogs placed three athletes in double-figures with Erin Bognar leading the way with 14 kills followed by Kelsi Hobbs with 13 and Kate Neisler who had 10.

The Catamounts had just four hitting errors in each of the three sets while the Bulldogs had four in sets one and two and just two in the final set.

Samford won 25-20, 25-16 and 25-19 while picking up eight more kills than the Catamounts. WCU struggled from the serving line as the Catamounts had no aces and seven service errors. Samford had seven service errors of their own but were able to counteract that with nine service aces including four from Mattie Newsome. The Bulldogs also doubled-up the Catamounts in blocks (6-3).

Junior setter Jo-Leigh VerVelde dished out 33 of the Catamounts 36 assists. She also had a team-high 11 digs. Freshman libero Meagan Sanchez dug up seven balls for the Catamounts.

The loss drops WCU’s record to 8-14 and 3-6 in conference play while the Bulldogs, who lost to WCU earlier this season in Cullowhee, improved to 14-10 overall and 5-4 in league play.

The Catamounts will now travel back east to face Wofford tomorrow night at 6 pm. The Terriers swept WCU 3-0 at home earlier this season.