Sept. 11, 2012
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Western Carolina volleyball fell Tuesday night, 0-3, to East Tennessee State in its last midweek non-conference road match of the season despite a career-high five blocks from sophomore Addy George.
East Tennessee State (9-5) used steady hitting and long runs to down the Catamounts (3-8) hitting at a .237 clip opposed to WCU's -.031 hitting percentage. Western Carolina was without the Catamounts' kill leader - outside hitter Caitlin Piechota - who missed the match due to injury.
The Bucs were led by Megan Divine who finished with 11 kills and Meredith Hardy who had nine. ETSU also notched nine service aces on the night.
The first set started out close as both teams traded points with WCU leading 6-5. Long runs by the Bucs put WCU behind by as many as eight points, eventually being down 19-11, forcing a time out by head coach Karen Glover.
Western Carolina then went on a 5-0 run started by a kill from senior captain Abbey Scroggins off the assist from freshman setter Cally Pfeiffer. Jordan Timmermann served four straight points for the Catamounts, putting them within striking distance of the Bucs at 19-16.
An ETSU timeout would slow the WCU attack with ETSU picking up two straight points out of the timeout before being matched by two points from the Catamounts to put the score at 22-18. A WCU setting error was followed by a kill by sophomore middle blocker Leah Butler. With the score at 22-19, ETSU would go on a 4-1 finish to take the first set, 25-20.
Set two started out much the same way the opening set began, with both teams in a battling, trading scoring plays. Three straight scores from the Purple and Gold tied the match at nine. From there, ETSU would begin to pick up momentum, rolling through the remainder of set two and the final set by scores of 25-14 and 25-11.
Setter Cally Pfeiffer received the most playing time of her young WCU career Tuesday playing in all three sets, dishing out 13 assists and also picking up two kills. Middle blocker Leah Butler hit at a .267 clip finishing with six kills while classmate Jordan Timmermann finished with a team-high seven kills.
Western Carolina will be back in action this weekend as the Catamounts travel to Rock Hill, S.C. for the Winthrop Classic featuring host Winthrop University, North Florida and Mercer in WCU's last non-conference tournament of the season. North Florida is up first for the Catamounts with both teams squaring off Friday at 5:00 p.m.
Friday's meeting is the first all-time for the two schools. The Catamounts then turn around and play Mercer Saturday at noon followed by Winthrop at 7:00 p.m.