Aug. 25, 2007
Eastern Illinois Box Score McNeese State Box Score
DALLAS, Tex. - Western Carolina volleyball dropped a pair of matches in the final day of the SMU Invitational Saturday in Moody Coliseum. The Catamounts fell to Eastern Illinois 3-0 (30-15, 30-26, 30-12) and McNesse State 3-0 (30-22, 30-27, 30-17).
In the opening match of the day against Eastern Illinois, Western Carolina struggled against EIU and could never really gain any ground. The club ended the match with a 0.74 hitting percentage.
Freshman Ali Rook again led the club in kills with seven, followed by Kara Lynzee Brooks who had six. Liz Rondone registered 11 digs.
Against McNeese State, Western Carolina suffered a blow in the second game when libero Rondone went down with an injury. It was the second injury of the weekend for Head Coach Stephanie Dragan who lost freshman Jelena Jakovljevic to a minor injury before the tournament began. Both players are being evaluated and expected to be back in rotation soon.
"This weekend didn't turn out the way I planned," Dragan admitted. "The injuries really hurt but we did get some quality play out of the athletes and our freshmen got a lot of exposure to the game."
Rook again topped the Catamounts in kills with nine against McNeese State and she shared the top kills honor with sophomore Katie Hennesseey who also had nine. Senior Meredith Harmon had eight kills and committed just one attack error for a .333 attack percentage. Brooks also had 10 digs in the match.
For the weekend, Rook had 28 kills in three matches averaging 3.11 kills per game and was named to the SMU Invitational All-Tournament Team Harmon had 19 kills and Hennessey notched a total of 18.
Western Carolina will regroup and return to action next weekend in nearby Asheville at the UNC Asheville Tournament. The Catamounts open the tournament against host UNC Asheville at 7 p.m. Friday.