Freshman Abigail Veit leads WCU with 14 kills
All three will join the Catamounts as freshmen in the fall of 2016
Vervelde registers pair of double-doubles
WCU will face The Citadel at 9:30 am Saturday morning
This marks the first career Player of the Week honor for Nicole Ford
WCU versus Samford
Western Carolina versus High Point
Western Carolina versus UNC Asheville
Western Carolina versus Georgia State
2014 (Junior): Appeared in all 32 matches for the Catamounts as the libero ... Two-time Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week selection (09/15, 09/22) ... Registered double-dig digs in every match while appearing in 119 sets ... Dug up a career-best 31 balls in WCU's final match of the season in the 2014 Southern Conference Tournament against Furman (11/23) ... Was the only Catamount to eclipse the 30-dig mark during the season ... Had 15 or more digs in 22 matches including eight matches with 20 or more digs ... Led or shared the team lead in digs in 24 of the 32 matches ... Had at least one assist in 28 matches including a career-high five helpers in four separate matches ... Ranked fourth on the team in service aces with 24 ... Had nine matches with two service aces ... Named to the 2014 Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference team.
2013 (Sophomore): Appeared in 24 matches and played in 72 sets ... Made her first appearance against Wright State (08/30) ... Had five digs against Alabama A&M (09/07) ... Had four digs vs. North Carolina A&T (09/14) ... Picked up five digs against Davidson (09/28) .. Earned six digs at Elon (11/02) ... Followed with 11 digs vs. Samford (11/09) ... Collected eight digs in back-to-back matches on the road at Georgia Southern (11/15) and at The Citadel (11/16) ... Named to the 2013 Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference team.
2012 (Freshman): Appeared in 40 sets of 18 matches including the first three of the 2012 season ... Had one double-figure dig match ... Made her first collegiate appearance against Northern Kentucky (08/24) ... Had a career-high 13 digs and two assists in the match ... Picked up five digs against Mercer (09/15) ... Recorded eight digs against Samford (11/10).
Prior to Western Carolina: A three-year varsity starter at Mount Tabor High School ... Earned all-conference and all-county honors all three years ... As a sophomore, earned Most Improved Player honors, Great Eight All-Tournament Honorable Mention and recognition by PrepVolleyball.com on its "Best Varsity Playing Sophomores in Country" list ... Led the team in aces, serve receipts and digs as a junior while also being third in kills ... Earned Athlete of the Week honors once as a junior ... Selected as team captain as a senior and earned Mount Tabor's Most Outstanding Player award ... Named Co-Conference Player of the Year during her final season at Mount Tabor ... Was also a member of Set Point Volleyball Club where she was a three-time Carolina Region All-Tournament Team member and also selected as Carolina Region Tournament MVP honors in 2009 ... Played soccer and basketball and earned all-conference and all-region honors in soccer.