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Aug. 30, 2003

Final Stats

Charlotte, N.C. - The Western Carolina volleyball team finshed the UNC Charlotte Tournament with an 0-3 record as they dropped to the 49ers in the first match of the day and later fell to Florida International in five games.

Despite a strong performance from senior Sara Komosinski against Charlotte, the Cats couldn't quite pull out a win, as they lost 25-30, 38-36, 25-30, 26-30. Komosinski recorded a team-high 15 kills on 32 attacks with only three errors for a .375 hitting percentage. Freshmen Kellyn Thaut had 11 kills and Heather Koontz posted nine. Also contributing nine was senior Michelle Gorton, who added three service aces, 11 digs and three solo blocks. Western had 71 digs, while Charlotte recorded just 58.

In the Cats' final match of the tournament, it was Thaut who led the team with 20 kills on 54 attacks against Florida International. WCU fought hard in the see-saw battle that saw the two teams split the first four games of the match, 21-30, 33-31, 24-30, 30-28, with Western taking the fourth to send the match into a fifth and deciding game. The game stayed close, but FIU pulled away in the end to finish the game at 15-10. Komosinski tallied a team-high five solo blocks and two assisted blocks in the match. Senior setter Shari Harder, who was named to the all-tournament team, led the Catamounts with 21 digs, adding 41 assists.

"I'm very proud of our girls," praised head coach Angell Benson. "They played hard against some very good teams. Even though we lost, I saw some good things, especially toward the end of the tournament, and I know that they'll take that into next weekend."

Western hosts Coastal Carolina, Savannah State and Tennessee State next weekend, Sept. 5-6, in the fourth annual Catamount Clash in the Ramsey Center. WCU's first match of the tournament begins at 8 pm on Friday against Coastal Carolina.

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