Sept. 4, 2005
Cullowhee, N.C. -
The Western Carolina Catamount volleyball team wrapped up play in the Clemson University "Big Orange Bash" Saturday afternoon, falling in back-to-back matches to go winless in the two-day, three-match tournament. The Catamounts fell to the host Tigers in straight sets, 3-0 (30-18, 30-10, 30-22) and were also tripped up by the Connecticut Huskies in three (30-27, 30-15, 30-22).
A bright spot for Western was the play of sophomore Meredith Harmon, who was named to the Big Orange Bash all-tournament team for her play on Friday and Saturday. The Villa Hills, Ky., native recorded 25 kills during the event, leading the Catamounts in every match.
Harmon tallied eight kills while only committing two errors in the loss to Clemson. Junior Kate Willard and freshman Tracey Justus each finished with five digs to lead the team, with Willard adding seven assists and Meghan Boyle dishing out eight in the losing effort. The struggling Catamount offense was limited to a -.068 hitting percentage in the match with the Atlantic Coast Conference foe.
In the tournament finale for Western, the Catamounts fought hard but came up short to the UConn Huskies, 3-0. Harmon led the way with eight kills and two blocks, with junior Heather Koontz killing seven while hitting .583 for the match. Senior Ellie Talbot had the best all-around performance, finishing with six kills, nine digs, and a pair of service aces. Justus and Willard equaled Talbot's two aces, while Danielle Spitzer had three blocks, including two solo stops.
The Catamounts open the home portion of their 2005 schedule this Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 7:00 pm in the Ramsey Center when non-conference foe, Gardner-Webb, comes to Cullowhee. Western out-dueled the Bulldogs last year in Boiling Springs, winning 3-2 in an exciting match. The Cats are 10-0 all-time versus Gardner-Webb.