Catamount Volleyball Falls in Tough Five-Set Match Against UNCA
Three Catamounts finish with career-high kills
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - After leading 2-0 going into the break, Western Carolina fell on the road in five sets (25-23, 25-18, 23-25, 21-25, 12-15) to mountain-rival UNC-Asheville at the Justice Center Tuesday night despite a career night from sophomores Caitlin Piechota, Leah Butler and Jordan Timmermann.
Piechota led the Catamounts in kills with a career-high 20 kills. Butler, a Carrizo Springs, Texas, native finished the match with a career-high 17 kills, hitting at a .387 clip. Timmermann also set an all-time best with 15 kills, higher than her 14 that she reached twice last year. Senior Abbey Scroggins also added 10 kills for the Purple and Gold.
Western Carolina jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the match, winning set one 25-23 and set two 25-18. Butler notched eight kills in the first set alone.
In set three, the Catamounts overcame a five-point deficit to tie the set at 20. Both teams went back and forth with two more ties before the Bulldogs would reach set point at 24-22. WCU got within one, but UNCA won the set with a kill by Anna Moore.
The Bulldogs pulled ahead with a seven-point lead and set-point lead with WCU down 24-17. The Catamounts would then go on a 4-0 run before UNCA would take the set 25-21.
The fifth and deciding set saw five ties and two lead changes as the teams were neck and neck through 10 points. Two kills by Caitlin Piechota would keep Western close by getting within one at 12-13, but it would be all the Catamounts could muster, losing the set and the match, 15-12.
Defensively, Western Carolina picked up nine total blocks, with four Catamounts in double-digit digs. Libero Morgan Cochran picked up a season-high 25 digs with sophomore Paige McConlough adding 22. Piechota and Timmermann added 14 and 13, respectively.
Western Carolina returns to the road as the Catamounts travel to North Carolina State for the N.C. State Courtyard Midtown Invitational to take on the Wolfpack as well as Campbell University and Central Michigan. WCU opens up with the Wolfpack Friday at 7:00 pm.