Greensboro, N.C. - After going up 2-0 against the No. 1 seed Furman, the Western Carolina volleyball team was unable to win any of the remaining three sets and fell 3-2 in the semifinals of the 2014 Southern Conference Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday afternoon. The loss ends the Catamounts season that featured the programs first win at the Southern Conference Tournament since 2005.
The loss gives WCU a final record of 17-15 while the Paladins move onto the championship match with a 23-6 overall mark.
All four Western Carolina seniors played a valuable role in Sunday's match. Caitlin Piechota led the team with 16 kills and 13 digs, Jordan Timmermann ended the match with 12 kills, 14 digs and three blocks, Addy George had 10 kills and two blocks while Brandi Anderson had four kills, three digs and a block.
The quartet has been with head coach Karen Glover since her first season at Western Carolina and have seen a steady improvement since stepping foot on campus that culminated with the program's first conference tournament win in nine years.
Junior libero Elyssa Mulheron had 31 digs in the loss while freshman setter Jo-Leigh Vervelde led the team in assists with 26 while picking up 18 digs, two blocks, two service aces and four kills. Junior setter Cristina Nazario added 20 assists and six digs.
The Catamounts won the opening two sets, 25-21 and 25-20, before dropping three-straight sets, 25-8, 25-16 and 15-12.
Western Carolina had a .253 hitting percentage through the first two sets but finished the match hitting just .158 as a team after having a negative hitting percentage in the third set and a .109 average in the fourth set.
The Paladins were led by Andrea Fisher who tallied 28 kills, 20 digs and three blocks. Annie Bierman added 16 kills and 29 digs while Ashton Gregory had 13 kills and seven blocks.