Oct. 15, 2007
Cullowhee, N.C. - By virtue of two head-to-head victories over UNC Asheville at last Friday's Blue Ridge Open in Blowing Rock, Western Carolina has assumed a four-point, 4-0 lead over the Bulldogs in the second-annual Parkway Series.
Started last fall, the Parkway Series awards a point for the winning team in head-to-head competition between Western Carolina and UNC Asheville. At the end of the athletic year, the team which has accumulated the most points will be declared the winner of that year's series.
Western, which won the inaugural series over its mountain rival last year, led 2-0 after posting victories in both volleyball and women's soccer in late-August and early-September, respectively. The Catamounts swept the `Dogs in volleyball action, 3-0, as a part of the UNC Asheville Volleyball Classic at the Justice Center. WCU scored two unanswered to goals to erase and early deficit to down UNCA, 2-1, in women's soccer action.
Last Friday, led by senior Kerrie Savery, the Catamount women's cross country team finished sixth overall while UNC Asheville ran 10th. In the head-to-head competition, the women finished with a 20-to-39 edge giving that point to Western. On the men's side, WCU finished 10th overall, seven places ahead of the Bulldogs in 17th and with an 18-to-40 point difference to give Western the clean sweep on the season and a four-point edge in the head-to-head competition.
Western's pair of victories in cross country avenge last year's sweep by the Bulldogs, who earned a quick, 2-0, lead in the inaugural series after taking both points at the WCU Invitational.
WCU and UNCA are next scheduled to meet in Parkway Series action on the hardwood. The men's teams will square off in Cullowhee on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7:03 pm, while Western's women will also entertain the Bulldogs on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7:00 pm in the Ramsey Center.