Sept. 4, 2010
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -The Western Carolina volleyball squad used a balanced attack at the net as seven different players recorded a kill in the match, but the Catamounts fell to Indiana State, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon at the Drury Inn ISU Classic.
"We started the match playing well, hanging right in there with a Missouri Valley Conference team that has been improving a lot in recent years," said Western Carolina head coach Manuel Concepcion. "Their serves broke our serve receive and took us out of our system later in the match."
The Catamounts (2-3) lost a close set (25-22) with the Sycamores (5-1) to open the match before dropping the final two sets (25-13, 25-19).
The first set saw WCU and Indiana State exchange leads midway through the set until the Catamounts took a 18-17 lead on back-to-back kills by Paloma Alvarez and Leah Best. The Sycamores scored the next four points to take a 21-18 advantage before WCU got back within one (21-20) on an Alvarez kill. Indiana State finished the set on a 4-2 run, taking advantage of two WCU miscues and converting on two kills to win the set.
Indiana State jumped out to a 10-point lead (14-4) to open the second set before a Carrie Minouge ace got the Catamounts within eight (14-6). WCU trailed by 10 most of the match, getting as close as 19-10 before the Sycamores handily won the set, 25-13.
The Sycamores again jumped out to a large lead (16-7) before the Catamounts went on a 4-2 run to bring the match within seven (18-11). Down nine (22-13), WCU scored five unanswered points capped by a Rebecca Stoltz kill to get the match within four (22-18). Indiana State's Stacy Qualizza picked up two kills down the stretch to seal the victory for the Sycamores.
Alvarez and Chaparro paced the offense with eight kills each while Best and Stoltz added four. Freshman Kelcie Randazzo had a team-high 14 assists in the match.
Defensively, Alvarez led the team with nine digs. Stoltz chipped in three blocks in the loss.
"This tournament has been an eye opener for our freshman and it's good they're getting a lot of playing," said Concepcion. "Strong signs of improvement have been present. All we need is to put it all together now."