SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Western Carolina volleyball team dropped a hard fought match on the road Saturday night at Wofford, 3-1. The Terriers escaped the first two sets with a 2-0 lead despite the Catamounts holding late leads in both sets. WCU was able to take the third set but a wire-to-wire victory for the Terriers in the fourth set sealed the victory for Wofford.
Sophomore Alyssa Zupan led the Catamounts offensive attack with 11 kills while also added seven digs and four blocks. Freshman Abigail Veit added nine kills and 10 digs while junior Katie O’Connor and freshman Aleah Keaton each had six kills.
The Terriers placed three athletes in double-figures with Colleen Reilly, Alex Holland and Catie Cronister each tallying 12 kills.
Junior setter Jo-Leigh VerVelde had 33 assists, 10 digs, four kills and three blocks for a solid all-around performance. Freshman libero Meagan Sanchez led the team with 16 digs while Keaton took the lead in blocks with eight stops including two solo blocks.
After tallying their second highest hitting percentage of the season Friday night, the Catamounts hit at just .150 as a squad Saturday evening. The Terriers were not much better at .152 but had eight more kills than the Catamounts.
Wofford dominated in digs with 67 compared to WCU’s 51 but the Catamounts led the way at the net with 12 blocks compared to Wofford’s eight.
Wofford won the opening two sets 25-23 and 25-22 but WCU came back to win the third set 25-20. The final set went the Terriers way at 25-20.
WCU will now set its sights on UNCG who will travel to Cullowhee Friday, Oct. 28 for a 6 pm match.