Sept. 14, 2013
Wilmington, N.C. - Led by Morgan Cochran's two 30-dig performances, the Western Carolina volleyball team earned a split two matches Saturday with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-14) win over North Carolina A&T and a 3-1(22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-20) loss to host UNC-Wilmington on the final day of the Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire UNCW Volleyball Classic.
Cochran, who was named all-tournament team, picked up 12 digs in the opening set of the morning match against N.C. A&T to move into second place on WCU's all-time dig list. She collected 60 total digs on the day - 30 in both matches - for 1,732 career digs. She passed 2013 WCU Hall of Fame inductee Christy Attebery, class of 2001, who had 1,682 career digs in her four-year career. Cochran, who entered the weekend fourth in the NCAA and first in the Southern Conference in digs per set, trails only Liz Rondone, class of 2009, who amassed 2,152 digs in her career.
In the first match against N.C. A&T, Jordan Timmermann was the lone Catamount with double-figure kills with 12 kills on 30 swing and two errors for .333 hitting percentage. It was the junior's 30th career double-digit kill match. Cristina Nazario handed out 35 assists.
In the first set, it was all WCU as the Catamounts cruised to a 25-12 win.
WCU claimed set two to take a 2-0 lead 25-15 behind five kills from Timmermann and six digs from Cochran. The Catamounts held a .333 hitting percentage compared to .086 for the Aggies.
Western Carolina completed the sweep with a 25-14 set three win. Timmermann added another five kills, while Cochran collected 13 digs.
In the second match against UNC-Wilmington, WCU scored back-to-back points on a kill from Brandi Anderson and a UNCW attack error to take an 11-9 lead. The Seahawks tied the set at 12, but the Catamounts again scored the next two points to take a 14-12 lead this time on a kill from Timmermann and a kill from Addy George. WCU never relinquished the lead as they took the tightly contested first set 25-22.
UNCW broke a tie at five in the second set with a 4-0 run to take a 9-5 lead. The Seahawks never allowed the Catamounts back in as they evened the match at one set apiece with a 25-20 win.
In the third set, it was UNCW again breaking an early tie, this time at eight, with two straight points to take a 10-8 lead. Up 11-10, the Seahawks used a 4-1 run to extend its lead out to 15-11 and take the upper hand in the set. Trailing 23-18, WCU mounted a comeback - 5-2 run - that came up short with UNCW holding on for a 25-23 set three win. Both teams hit at a blistering pace in the set with UNCW at .500 and WCU at .441.
In the fourth set, UNCW broke a tie at 11 with two straight points to take a 13-11 lead. The Seahawks extended the margin out to six points, 19-15, before taking the set, 25-20, and the match 3-1.
Overall, WCU was outhit in the match, .288 to .223, and UNCW held a blocking advantage with eight team blocks compared to four team blocks.
Timmermann again paced the Catamount attack with 16 kills, while Piechota picked up a double-double with 11 kills and 16 digs. It was her fifth double-double of the season and 30th of her career. Three WCU players - Nicole Ford, George and Anderson - each posted seven kills. Paige McConlogue also earned double-figure digs with 13, while Nazario passed out 39 assists.
The Catamounts return to action with their final tournament tune-up with the Carolina Classic presented by Courtyard Marriott, hosted by South Carolina Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21. WCU plays South Carolina Friday night at 7 p.m. before taking on Presbyterian Saturday morning at 10 and Robert Morris Saturday afternoon at 4.
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