Aug 31, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. -
The Western Carolina volleyball team split a pair of matches with a 3-1 (20-25, 25-11, 25-17, 25-9) win over USC Upstate and a 3-0 (24-26, 20-25, 21-25) loss to mountain rival UNC Asheville in the tournament's finale.
WCU finished the round-robin tournament with a 3-1 record in second place. Caitlin Piechota picked up all-tournament team honors after 46 kills, 3.29 per set; a .263 hitting percentage; 49 digs, 3.50 per set, five block assists; 48.5 points, 3.46 per game; and two double-doubles.
Prior to the UNC Asheville match, Cochran was honored for breaking the 1,500 career dig barrier. She currently has 1,567 digs ranking her third all-time. She needs 115 digs to move into second place ahead of newly elected WCU Hall of Farmer Christie Attebery, and 585 digs to over take Liz Rondone atop the all-time list.
Trailing 7-6 in the first set USC Upstate used a 4-0 run to take a 10-7. The Catamounts fought back to take a 16-13, but the Spartans forced a tie at 17 with a 4-1 run. With the set tied at 19, USC Upstate used a 6-1 run to take the opening set 25-20. The Spartans hit .119, while the Catamounts hit -.024.
The second was all WCU as the Catamounts cleaned up play and sprinted out to an 11-4 lead. Western Carolina never looked back as they tied the match at one set each with a 25-11 win. The Catamounts hit .429 compared to .067 for the Spartans. Addy George had four kills on five attempts.
Western Carolina never slowed down as they cruised to a 25-17 set three win taking advantage of USC Upstate's -.136 hitting percentage. The Catamounts closed out the match with a 25-9 set four win behind a .438 team hitting percentage and 3.5 team blocks.
George led the Catamount attack with eight kills and a .375 hitting percentage. She also earned nine block assists for a new career-high. George's nine block assists tied her for third in a single-match in the WCU single-match record books. Caitlin Piechota continued her torrid streak in the tournament with eight kills. Morgan Cochran collected 22 digs, while Cristina Nazario handed out 25 assists.
The Catamounts continued their control of the net with 15.5 team blocks compared to just one for the Spartans. WCU's 29 block assists set a new school record for block assists in a single-match.
In the second match against UNC Asheville, the Catamounts broke a tie at 16 with 4-0 run sparked by two kills from Timmermann in set one. However, the Bulldogs battled back into the set and, eventually pulled, even at 23. After alternating points, UNC Asheville won the opening stanza on a kill and service ace. Timmermann had seven kills during the set for WCU.
With set two tied at 11, the Bulldogs took advantage of costly Catamount errors to mount a 7-1 run and take an 18-12 lead. WCU was able to pull within two points, 20-18, but UNC Asheville held on to take a 2-0 lead with a 25-20 set two win.
The Bulldogs picked up where they left off in set three with an early 5-1 lead. UNC Asheville never relented as they kept out of striking distance en route to a 25-21 set three win for the sweep.
Timmermann led the Catamounts with 18 kills, while Piechota picked up her second double-double of the season and 13th of her career with 11 kills and 19 digs. Cochran also collected 19 digs, and Nazario handed out 35 assists.
WCU was outhit, .305 compared to .243, and beat at the net, eight blocks compared to four blocks, for the first time in the tournament.
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