Sept. 1, 2012
ATHENS, OHIO -
Western Carolina falls to Ohio and No. 10 ranked Kentucky in the second day of competition at the Baymont Invitational in the Ohio University Convocation Center Saturday. Sophomore Caitlin Piechota was named to the Baymont Invitational All-Tournament team for her play this weekend. It is the second straight tournament that Piechota has received such honor.
WCU fell in its first match against the host team, Ohio, being swept 3-0 (23-25, 15-25, 12-25) despite leading in every set. Both teams came out of the gates alternating points, with neither team stretching out the lead until the Catamounts went up by three at 10-7. WCU maintained the lead throughout the set, leading as late as 23-21 before the Bobcats went on a 5-0 run to take the set.
In the second set, WCU led by as many as four at 13-9, before the Bobcats would again mount a comeback to tie the set at 14. Western would score only one more time on a kill by Caitlin Piechota with Ohio U. going on a 9-0 run to win the second.
The third set would stay close up until the halfway point with the Catamounts hanging around being down by two at 12-10 before Ohio would take the set and the match, 25-12.
Caitlin Piechota again led the Catamounts as the only one to reach double digit kills with 13. Senior Abbey Scroggins and Jordan Timmermann each had four. Libero Morgan Cochran was the only Catamount over 10 digs with 12. WCU only notched four blocks total as Piechota had two.
In the night game against Kentucky, points came at a premium for the Catamounts with the Wildcats controlling the tempo for the first two sets, winning 25-8 and 25-15.
WCU came out strong after the break holding the nation's tenth-ranked team within three points through the entire set, leading 20-18 late in the set, but it would be the last time the Catamounts would lead in the set. Kentucky came back to win, 25-23.
Western Carolina's offense was spread around evenly against Kentucky with Nicole Ford, Jordan Timmermann and Caitlin Piechota all having six kills. Tina Nazario and Cally Pfeiffer scattered 20 assists total with Nazario dishing out 11 assists and Pfeiffer 9.
The Catamounts go back on the road Tuesday as WCU travels to UNC Asheville for its first mid-week match against the mountain-foe at 7:00 pm before going to North Carolina State this weekend for its third consecutive weekend tournament. The N.C. State Courtyard Midtown Invitational will feature the Wolfpack, Central Michigan and Campbell. GameTracker for Tuesday's match will be available on CatamountSports.com.