Cullowhee, N.C. – Senior Abigail Veit and sophomore Merry Gebel both recorded 14 kills as Western Carolina downed Furman in straight sets, 3-0, completing the season sweep of the Paladins in Southern Conference action on Saturday afternoon in the Ramsey Center. The Catamounts won by scores of 25-20, 25-23, and 25-19.
Western Carolina improves to 14-9 overall and 8-2 in conference play while Furman drops to 5-16 and 5-5 on the year.
Veit posted her 11th double-double of the season with a team-high tying 14 kills and 12 digs while Gebel finished in double figures offensively for the third straight match also with 14 kills. In addition to Veit, Hannah Price finished with a double-double with a team-best 33 assists and 12 digs while Meagan Sanchez had a team-best 18 digs. Caroline Perret tied her season-high with 15 digs.
Nicole Mack had a double-double effort with 20 kills and 15 digs to lead the Paladins. Andrea Aceveda was credited with a match-best 19 digs.
The Catamounts opened the match on a 6-2 run before the Paladins evened the stanza at seven after a WCU attack error. After Furman again knotted the set at 12, Western Carolina went on a 10-3 run capped by a Gebel kill for a 22-15 lead. Furman managed to pull within four points, 24-20 on consecutive kills by Mack before a kill by Aleah Keaton ended the set.
A tightly contested second frame featured 12 ties and four lead changes as neither team led by more than four points. WCU used a 4-1 run to break a 19-19 tie and have set point with a 24-20 lead. The Paladins didn’t go quietly, though, as Mack had three straight kills to bring the visitors within a point. However, the Catamounts closed out the set with a Veit kill to take the 2-0 advantage.
WCU opened the third set on a 5-2 run before a Lydia Morris kill capped a rally to knot the set at 5. After a Mack kill brought the visitors within one, 11-10, Western Carolina answered with a short 6-1 run capped by a Veit kill for a 17-11 lead. Mack brought the Paladins within four points, 21-18, but Furman would get no closer as Haley Multerer’s seventh kill of the day ended the match.
Western Carolina continues its four-match home stand next weekend, hosting Chattanooga on Friday and Mercer on Saturday. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 6 pm in the Ramsey Center.
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