Orlando, Fla. - Seniors Jordan Timmermann and Caitlin Piechota recorded double-digit kills to pace Western Carolina as the Catamounts dropped their finale to Eastern Kentucky, 3-0, in the Radisson UCF Invitational at The Venue at UCF Saturday evening. EKU won the match by counts of 30-28, 25-15, and 25-19.
Piechota paced the team with a .310 attack percentage, tallying the 10 kills with just one error in 29 total attacks. The Batavia, Ill., product added six digs for the Purple & Gold. Timmermann added five digs and a pair of block assists for WCU.
Western Carolina (0-3) twice had set-point in the opening set but was unable to put the Colonels away. EKU scored three-consecutive points down 28-27 to take the early lead with a 30-28 victory. The Catamounts trailed most of the second set as EKU broke open a 6-6 frame with a 10-to-2 run to claim the 10-point victory, 25-15.
In the third set, Eastern Kentucky led by only two, 19-17, late in the third set before scoring four unanswered to put the match away. Julia Mindlina's service ace polished off the set, 25-19, and the match.
Defensively, libero Elyssa Mulheron recorded a team-high 14 digs while setters Jo-Leigh Vervelde and Cristina Nazario had eight digs to go along with 15 assists apiece. Nicole Ford finished with one solo block and three block assists to lead all players at the net in the match.
Eastern Kentucky (3-1) had two players record double-doubles with Alexis Plagens tallying 10 kills and 11 digs and setter Abbey Cvelbar with 35 assists and 15 digs. Rachel Vick added 10 kills for the Colonels while Dena Ott chipped in 13 digs.
Western Carolina plays road matches at Georgia State (Sept. 3) and at High Point (Sept. 7) before opening play at home in the Ramsey Center on Sept. 9 against in-state foe, Charlotte.