Sep 7, 2013
Memphis, Tenn. -
The Western Carolina volleyball team completed the Memphis Invitational with a 3-0 record as the Catamounts swept Alabama A&M 3-0 (25-18, 27-25, 25-16) behind 25 digs from Morgan Cochran, who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after three matches with 20 or more digs.
Cochran opened the tournament with 20 digs against Southeastern Louisiana, 30 digs against host Memphis and 25, in three sets, against Alabama A&M in the finale for 6.82 digs per set tournament average. Cochran entered the weekend leading the Southern Conference in digs per set at 5.93. She has recorded 20-plus digs in five of the team's seven matches this season and 35 total for her career. She has posted double-digit digs in 15 straight matches dating back to the end of the 2012 season.
Jordan Timmermann was also named all-tournament team. Timmermann had 31 kills, 2.82 kills per set, and 35 digs, 3.09 per set. She had five kills and 11 digs against Southeastern Louisiana, 15 kills and 14 digs against Memphis and 11 kills and 10 digs for her second double-double of the tournament - third straight and 16th of her career - against Alabama A&M.
Timmermann was the only Catamount in double-digit kills against the Bulldogs Saturday. Caitlin Piechota recorded nine kills, while Nicole Ford and Addy George each had six kills. George paced the Catamounts at the net with two block assists. Cristina Nazario passed out 36 assists.
WCU took control of the opening set early and never looked back as the Catamounts cruised to a 25-18 win.
In set two, Western Carolina took an early 9-3, and held the margin at eight points, 17-11. Alabama A&M didn't quit as the Bulldogs battled back and tied the set at 23. After trading the next four points, WCU picked up the 27-25 set win on a kill by Piechota and an A&M attack error. Cochran picked up 10 digs in the set.
The third and final set was all WCU as the Catamounts led wire-to-wire to claim the set 25-16 and earn the match sweet.
Western Carolina finished the match with a .234 hitting percent, while Alabama A&M hit at .114 clip. The Catamounts were out blocked for only the second match on the season as the Bulldogs had four total team blocks compared to WCU's three total team blocks.
With the win, WCU improves to 6-1 on the season. The Catamounts are off the their best start since 1985 when they started out 10-0.
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-Cochran's 15 double-digit match dig streak is the second longest of her career. Her longest streak is 18 matches from the 2012 season.