Sept. 14, 2012
ROCK HILL, S.C. -
Western Carolina volleyball fell to North Florida 1-3 (15-25, 18-25, 25-19, 18-25) Friday afternoon in the first day of the Winthrop Classic held in Rock Hill, S.C. behind the play of the Ospreys Paige Pridgeon who led UNF with kills (15) and tallied 17 digs. The Catamounts fell to 3-9 for the year with North Florida improving to 6-4.
Jordan Timmermann led the Catamounts in kills with 10. It was the fifth time that Timmermann has picked up double digit kills, tying sophomore Caitlin Piechota with double-digit kills with matches. Piechota returned to action for the first time in three matches due to an ankle injury, picking up eight kills. Senior captain Abbey Scroggins also had eight kills.
North Florida jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the match before Western Carolina got on the board in the third set, winning the set by six points, 25-19.
The Ospreys returned to take the fourth set and the match with its 25-18 win of the fourth.
UNF had three players with at least 17 digs as Anna Budinska picked up 24 digs to go with her 10 kills and Nicole Baran tallied 30 digs.
The Catamounts outblocked the Ospreys 9-7, with Addy George picked up five blocks for the second straight match and Scroggins getting four blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Leah Butler had three blocks for the match.
Freshman setter Tina Nazario picked up her second double-double of the season behind 29 assists and 18 digs. The Columbia, S.C., native also had two kills and two blocks. Morgan Cochran picked up a season-high 28 digs, one behind your career-best 29, with Paige McConlogue also picking up double-digit digs with 16.
The Catamounts return to action tomorrow with two matches on Saturday. WCU opens up the day with a noon match against Mercer (2-5) and the Catamounts wrap up the tournament with host-Winthrop Eagles in the tournament finale at seven p.m. Both matches will feature live stats and the final match against Winthrop will be streamed - subscription-based - through Winthrop's All-Access page with the link found on CatamountSports.com.