CULLOWHEE, N.C. - For just the third time in the last 18 matches against the Furman Paladins, the Western Carolina volleyball team came away with a victory. The Paladins have had WCU’s number over the past several years but Homecoming Saturday was another story as the Catamounts swept the visiting Paladins 3-0 including a dominating 25-11 first set victory. With just four matches remaining on WCU’s regular season schedule, the Catamounts put together one of their best offensive performances of the season compiling their third best hitting percentage of the season, .264.
Freshman Abigail Veit led the offensive attack with 15 kills while sophomore Moea Osbey added seven. Sophomore Alyssa Zupan and freshman Aleah Keaton each had six kills in the match while junior Katie O’Connor chipped in five.
Osbey finished with a team-high three solo blocks and tallied four total stops with one block assist. Keaton led the way with five total blocks including for block assists while junior Jo-Leigh VerVelde and O’Connor each finished with three stops. The Catamounts out-blocked the Paladins 12-2 in the match.
VerVelde dished out 33 assists over the three sets while also tallying two kills, three digs and three blocks. Freshman libero Meagan Sanchez led the way in digs with 11 while junior Gabby Edmondson added 10 digs for her second-straight double-digit dig performance since coming back from injury.
The win moves the Catamounts to 9-16 overall and 4-8 in Southern Conference play while the Paladins dropped to 9-15 overall and 5-7 in league action.
Furman was led by Annie Bierman who had a team-high 10 kills.
The Catamounts dominated the opening set leading wire-to-wire, 25-11. The second and third sets were much closer with both teams holding leads throughout the periods but WCU won both by a score of 25-23.
The Catamounts will now have a week off before welcoming in Chattanooga on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 pm.