Greenville, S.C. – Merry Gebel, Abigail Veit and Haley Multerer each finished in double figures in kills, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Western Carolina volleyball team over Furman in a 3-1 loss to the Paladins on Saturday night inside Alley Gym. Furman won the match by scores of 25-23, 25-10, 20-25 and 25-18.
Furman improves to 11-15 overall and 7-7 in the Southern Conference while Western Carolina drops to 12-13 and 6-8.
Gebel finished with 13 kills and 14 digs for her team-leading 11th double-double of the season. Veit tallied her seventh double-double season with 13 kills and a team-best 17 digs. Multerer recorded a career-high 11 kills, finishing in double figures for the first time. Sydney Carlson posted a double-double with 36 assists, a season-high for the Catamounts in 2018, along with 12 digs. Caroline Perret was credited with 12 digs.
Jamila Johnson had a match-high 22 kills to lead the Paladins along with 17 digs. Neci Harris finished with 14 kills and followed by Carris Campbell with 10. Meg DeMaar had a match-high 34 digs. Campbell led the Paladins with four solo blocks.
After a Gebel kill brought WCU within four, 12-8, Furman went on a 4-0 run for a 16-8 lead before a Catamount charge cut the Furman lead to 23-20. The Catamounts pulled to within a point, 24-23, before a Johnson kill ended the set.
Furman opened the second set on a 9-2 run, but the Catamounts trimmed the deficit to 12-6 after a Morgan Williams kill. The Paladins scored 13 of the next 17 points to win the set.
Trailing 5-3 in the third set, a Multerer kill sparked a 7-0 run as the Catamounts took a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. A Harris kill brought Furman within two points, 13-11 before the Catamounts scored four straight points for a 17-11 advantage. Furman got no closer than four points for the rest of the set as a late rally fell short.
A 5-1 run in the middle of the fourth set gave the Paladins a 16-10 edge. Multerer brought the visitors within five, 17-12, with a kill before the Paladins pulled away down the stretch.
Western Carolina concludes the 2018 regular season next weekend at Chattanooga on Friday and Samford on Saturday.