Sept. 20, 2007
Cullowhee, N.C. - Fans of Western Carolina University athletics have a chance to sample two of the Catamount's sports this weekend as volleyball hosts matches on Friday and Saturday in the Ramsey Center, and Catamount football plays its first home game of the season Saturday night under the lights at E.J. Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field.
It all begins with Western Carolina volleyball Friday night as the Catamounts host Southern Conference foe -- and arch rival -- Appalachian State at 7:00 pm in the Ramsey Center. The first 100 fans through the door receive a FREE volleyball t-shirt.
The Catamount volleyball team is currently 1-1 in Southern Conference play and 5-11 overall. Appalachian State is 3-9 and will play its first SoCon match of the season.
Western Carolina will rely on the senior leadership, both on and off the court, from middle hitter Meredith Harmon. She is currently ranked ninth in the conference in hitting percentage, .285, and has 157 kills averaging 3.08 kills per game.
Sophomore setter Katie Hennessey has recorded double-doubles, assists and digs, in five of her last six matches and currently has 460 assists this season.
The Catamounts will have a quick turnaround after their Friday night match, hosting Davidson at 2:00 pm Saturday. Fans will have just enough time to enjoy the volleyball match, grab something to eat and partake in pre-game activities before the football game kicks off at 6:00 pm.
Western (0-3) hosts Presbyterian (1-2) in the 2007 home opener. It is the 16th time that the Catamounts and Blue Hose have met on the gridiron -- but is just the first meeting since 1976. PC is the alma mater of former Catamount coaching legend, Bob Waters.
Western Carolina has posted a record of 25-8 in home openers, including having won nine-straight dating back to 1998 and 14 of the last 15 going back to 1992. Under head coach Kent Briggs, Western is 5-0 in home openers and has outscored foes, 232-to-17.
Saturday's football festivities kicks off with the first-ever "Catamount Walk," which is a walk from the center of campus to the stadium. The inaugural "Catamount Walk" will begin with the team and coaches gathering on the lawn of the University Center at 2:45 pm on Saturday afternoon. They will walk under the Victory Bell in the Alumni Tower, across campus, through the Jordan-Phillips Fieldhouse parking lot and Catamount Club stadium parking lot on their way to the Ramsey Center locker rooms. The Catamount Walk will take place before each home game, beginning three hours 15 minutes in advance of kick-off.
Catamount fans are invited to meet the team at Alumni Tower, along the route or in the parking lots to build the excitement for all home football games.
At 4:30 pm, be sure to tune your radios to WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee as WCU students Josh Thompson, Alex Crutchfield and Lauren Atkinson will again provide tailgate entertainment and information on "Catamount Game Day" -- your official countdown to kickoff. The 30-minute program will lead directly into the Catamount Sports Network's coverage of the game.
Six radio stations, including WWCU, will broadcast the Catamount Sports Network (CSN) coverage of the game: WWCU, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee; 680 AM WRGC in Sylva; 920 AM in Canton; 1480 M WPFJ in Franklin; 1590 AM WBHN in Bryson City; and 1600 AM WTZQ in Hendersonville. There are also two online options at www.WWCUFM.com and www.WRGC.com. Air time on Saturday is set for 5:00 pm, with kickoff slated for 6:00 pm.
For additional Catamount Game Day information, be sure to check out the WCU tailgating and parking policies: Visit Game Day Central