Sept. 7, 2007
ATLANTA, Ga. - Western Carolina volleyball (3-5) dropped both matches Friday in the first day of action at the Regency Suites/Georgia Tech Classic held at O'Keefe Gym. The Catamounts fell to host Georgia Tech 3-0 (30-18, 30-17, 30-16) and Georgia 3-0 (30-25, 30-25, 30-23).
Western Carolina volleyball enjoyed an early lead in game one against host Georgia Tech but couldn't maintain the momentum throughout the match. The Catamounts were plagued by 11 service errors, most coming at a time when Western Carolina was attempting a rally.
In game one, Western Carolina had an early 3-1 lead and tied the game three times before Georgia Tech pulled away. In the ensuing final two games, Western Carolina again enjoyed an early lead over Georgia Tech, but the Yellow Jackets pulled out the games in the end.
Senior Meredith Harmon was perfect in the match with 10 kills on 20 attacks and didn't commit an error for a .500 attack percentage. She also had one service ace and four digs.
"Meredith did a phenomenal job," Dragan said. "She faced two very good middles from Georgia Tech and played the way a senior should."
Sophomores Liz Rondone and Katie Hennessey also had productive matches. Rondone had 18 digs and Hennessey dished out 21 set assists.
The Catamounts played Georgia in the second match of the day. In total, there were 18 ties in the match and seven lead changes. After struggling with service errors in the match against Georgia Tech, Western Carolina had just five against the Bulldogs and also had five service aces.
In game one, Western Carolina built a three-point lead (16-13) but a pair of attack errors by Catamount players and a Bulldog kill tied the game. Georgia then went on an 8-3 run to help put the game out of reach.
It was the tale of the day as Western Carolina made an early run at Georgia in games two and three but the Bulldogs went on a solid scoring streak to pull ahead.
Catamount setter Hennessey recorded a double-double in the match with 10 kills and 24 assists. Libero Rondone had 14 digs.
The Catamounts return to action on Saturday facing Kentucky at 9 a.m. and Arizona at 5 p.m. in the final day of the Regency Suites/Georgia Tech Classic.