Nov. 15, 2003
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina recognized three seniors in a pregame ceremony and then wrapped up the regular-season as the Catamounts defeated The Citadel by scores of 30-18, 30-23, 30-19, in Southern Conference volleyball action Saturday afternoon. Western heads into the SoCon tournament next week with a 16-16- overall record and an 8-10 mark in the league. The Citadel ends its season with a 6-23, 1-16 record.
The Catamounts didn't waste much time taking control of the match as the team hit .417 in the first game, powered by freshman Kellyn Thaut who fired six kills on 10 attacks with no errors for a .600 hitting percentage. The Bulldogs were held to just .133 hitting in the first game and were out-dug, 17-20.
Senior Sara Komosinski, in her final home match as a Catamount, led Western in the second game with her 6-of-11 hitting with one error for a .455 attack percentage. She added solo two blocks to help WCU dominate at the net. The Citadel gave a strong defensive effort in hopes of gaining win as the Bulldogs out-dug the Cats, 18-14. However, Western came away with the 30-23 win.
In the third game, it was seniors Michelle Gorton and Shari Harder who came up big for the Catamounts. Harder dished out 17 assists in the final game with Gorton connecting on 6-of-10 of those with no errors for a .600 hitting percentage. Lindsey Hodge recorded four kills as the Bulldogs tried to stay alive, but were held to .105 hitting as the match ended with a 30-19 score in the third game.
Komosinski hit 11-of-23 with one error, adding two assists, two aces, six digs and four blocks in her final home match. Gorton notched 10 kills on 28 attacks with one error, adding an assist, an ace, four digs and three blocks, while Harder tallied 43 assists, five kills, an ace and a team-high nine digs as the she and Gorton also ended their regular-season careers. Thaut led the Cats with 13 kills on the night, adding an assist, an ace, eight digs and two blocks. The Catamounts had 52 kills in the match while The Bulldogs were held to 39.
The Citadel was led by Hodge's 13 kills as she also recorded five digs and a block. Marina Daniel led the team with a .278 attack percentage on 8-of-18 hitting with three errors. Stefanie Farris scooped up 12 digs for the Bulldogs as they out-dug the Cats in the match, 53-48. Desiree Browning had 36 assists for The Citadel.
The Catamount now prepare for the SoCon tournament, which will be held in Chattanooga, Tenn., Nov. 21-23. Western enters the tournament as either the third or fourth seed in the North division, which will be determined Monday.