Morgan Cochran finishes her Catamount career as WCU's all-time dig leader
WCU, No. 6 seed, will play No. 3 seed Samford at 4:30 p.m. in Timmons Arena
Western Carolina ended the year at 18-12 overall and 8-8 in SoCon play
Cochran inches closer to Catamount all-time dig mark
Seniors Leah Butler and Morgan Cochran played in their last match in the Ramsey Center
During the off-season, Rondone played for the Illini Elite volleyball club team each of the past three seasons, posting a second-place finish in the GLC Pre-National tournament in 2004 and five, third-place showings since 2003. Last year, Rondone and her teammates finished third in the Asics Junior National Volleyball Championship in Chicago and also finished as the second runner-up in the Junior Olympic National Volleyball Championship National Division.
Rondone also excels in the classroom, boasting a 3.8 grade point average while standing in the top quarter of her senior class. She is a three-year member of the National Honor Society, while also serving as an officer of both the Writer's and Art Clubs since 2004.
"Lizzy impressed me the first time I watched her play," said Dragan. "As a libero, she has a natural instinct, reads the hitters well and easily moves to the ball. Lizzy is scrappy as well; she makes pursuing a ball look effortless. Her club team has also prepared her to compete early at the collegiate level and I know she will immediately help our serve receive and defense."\