Sept. 10, 2013
Boiling Springs, N.C. - The Western Carolina volleyball team fell 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 20-25, 20-25) on the road at Gardner-Webb behind an sizzling offensive output for the Runnin' Bulldogs Tuesday night in Paul Porter Arena in a nonconference match.
GWU broke a tie at 14 with 5-1 run to take a 19-15 lead late in the first set. WCU answered with a run of their own, 3-0, as they rallied from down 21-17 to pull within one point, 21-20. The Catamounts evened the score at 22 following a ball handling error on the Runnin' Bulldogs, but a WCU service error and attack error handed the lead, 24-22, right back to GWU. Following a Western Carolina timeout, another attack error on a ball that was called long, gave Gardner-Webb the 25-22 set one win. WCU hit .161 in the opening frame compared to .273 for GWU. WCU's Addy George had three kills on six swings in the set.
Runnin' Bulldogs flipped a 9-8 deficit in the second set into a 10-9 lead. With the score tied at 11, kills by Jordan Timmermann and Nicole Ford gave WCU the lead back, 13-11. Western Carolina continued to push the lead, 16-12, following an ace by Cristina Nazario and a Gardner-Webb attack error. GWU answered with a 4-1 run to trim the lead to 17-16, but WCU responded with the a 5-2 run as the Catamounts held control of the set with a 22-18 lead. Gardner-Webb cut the lead to two points twice, 22-20 and 23-21, but a big kill by George gave Western Carolina its first set point. After a Gardner-Webb fought off set point, Timmermann gave Western Carolina the 25-22 set two win with a kill. WCU hit .343 compared to GWU's .174 hitting percentage. George continued her hot hitting with seven kills on eight swings with one error in the second set alone.
Gardner-Webb opened the third set down 5-2, but rallied with a 9-0 run to take an 11-5 lead. Western Carolina used a kill from Ford and an ace by Timmermann to cut the lead to 12-8 as the Catamounts attempted to work their way back into the set. After WCU pulled within two points, 14-12, GWU retook a four-point lead, 16-12. Western Carolina was never able to pull within three points as Gardner-Webb went on to take a 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-20 win. GWU hit a sizzling .486 in the third set compared to WCU's .361.
The Runnin' Bulldogs exploded out to an 8-2 lead as they attempted to take the Catamounts completely out of the set from the start. However, WCU scrapped back and cut the lead to 13-10 on a GWU attack error. Western Carolina continued to crawl back into the set as a kill from Caitlin Piechota brought the Catamounts within one point, 14-13. WCU finally pulled even at 16 following a kill from Timmermann. After the teams traded the next four points, GWU broke a tie at 18 with four consecutive kills to take a 22-18 lead. Gardner-Webb held on to the lead as they claimed the match with a 24-20 set four win.
Gardner-Webb outhit Western Carolina .316 to .278. GWU had 67 kills compared to 55 for WCU, despite having the same number of attack errors, 18.
WCU was led offensively by Timmermann, who had 16 kills on 39 swings with only two errors for a .359 hitting percentage. George followed with 13 kills tying a career-high. Her 13 kills came on 23 attempts with three errors for a .435 hitting percentage. George also finished with a match-high six total blocks, two solo also tying a career-high and four block assists. Nazario handed out 45 assists, while Cochran picked up 19 digs.
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Morgan Cochran collected her 83rd career match with double-digit digs ... She extends her current streak of consecutive matches with double-figure digs to 16 matches including all eight in 2013 ... Her longest streak is 18 matches.
Cochran pulls within 21 digs of the second place, Christy Attebery on the WCU career dig list ... Attebery will be inducted into the WCU Hall of Fame later this year.