Freshmen Meagan Sanchez and Aleah Keaton and juniors Katie O’Connor and Jo-Leigh VerVelde each earned the first all-state recognition of their careers
Junior Jo-Leigh VerVelde reaches 1,000 career digs in the loss
WCU to face UNCG at 6 pm Saturday night in the quarterfinals
WCU to face No. 2 seed UNCG in the 2016 Southern Conference Championship
Sophomore Alyssa Zupan leads with a double-double
WCU volleyball versus UNCG
WCU Volleyball versus Mercer
WCU vs Wofford
Western Carolina versus Samford
Western Carolina versus Tennessee Tech
2014 (Freshman): Appeared in all 32 matches for the Catamounts while starting 29 ... Played in all 122 sets ... Named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team ... Named Western Carolina Athletics Female Rookie of the Year at the annual A-Cat-Emy Awards ... Selected as the Southern Conference Freshman of the Week on Nov. 3 and Nov. 10 ... Named to the Deacon Classic All-Tournament Team ... Became the first Catamount in modern history to record a triple-double with 10 kills, 30 assists and 15 digs against Chattanooga (10/31) ... Ranked fourth on the team in kills per set (1.25) while leading the squad in assists per set (5.32) ... Also ranked third in digs per set (2.87) ... Recorded 19 double-doubles ... Led or shared the team lead in assists 24 times during the season ... Dished out a career-high 30 assists against Chattanooga (10/31), ETSU (11/04) and Samford (11/07) in back-to-back-to-back matches ... Had 20 or more digs in four matches while reaching double-figures 19 times ... Dug up a season-high 24 balls against Furman (10/15) ... Reached double-figure kills twice with 10 against Furman (09/27) and Chattanooga (10/31) ... Had 28 service aces to rank third on the team while picking up a season-high three against High Point (09/07) and UNCG (10/21).
Prior to Western Carolina: Two-time WIAA Division 3 State Champion at Oostburg High ... Two-time State Tournament All-Tournament Team member ... Two-time MaxPreps Small School All-American ... Two-time Prep Volleyball High School All-American ... 2013 MaxPrep Preseason All-American ... 2013 Prep Volleyball High School Preseason All-American ... Two-time WVCA First Team All-State selection, and WVCA Second Team All-State following her sophomore season ... Four-time First Team All-Central Lakeshore Conference ... Four-time Sheboygan Press All-Area team member, including three-time Sheboygan Press Player of the Year ... Served as team captain for three years ... Represented her home state of Wisconsin and served as the starting setter that helped lead the Badger Region Girls Select team to a High Performance Championship in 2010 ... Finished her volleyball career with 1,526 kills, 3,528 assists, 1,291 digs, and 780 aces ... In basketball, she was contributing member of the WIAA Division 3 State Runner-Up during the 2011-12 season.