Sept. 21, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina volleyball team fell to the defending Southern Conference champion Samford Bulldogs Friday evening in straights sets, 15-25, 12-25, 13-25, in its first SoCon match of 2012. After hitting .307 Tuesday night at home against Gardner-Webb, the Catamounts were held to a .069 hitting percentage for the match in front of 551 fans in Birmingham.
Samford was led offensively by the reigning SoCon Offensive Player of the Week, Lauren Hutchinson. Hutchinson knocked down 12 kills while hitting at a .571 clip. Michaela Reesor added nine kills with Erika Devaughn putting in seven. The Bulldogs hit .326 as a team Friday.
"Samford is a strong team, and we just couldn't get in a rhythm tonight," said head coach Karen Glover. "We need to refocus and come out better tomorrow against Chattanooga."
Morgan Cochran picked up her team-leading 13th match with double-digit digs as the junior scooped up 11.
Tomorrow the Catamounts face the Lady Mocs of Chattanooga with first serve to begin at 3:00 p.m. in Maclellan Gym in Chattanooga. Live stats are available through CatamountSports.com with the match also being streamed through a fee-based stream on GoMocs.com. The Mocs swept Appalachian State tonight in their first conference match of the season.
Chattanooga has won seven matches this season, two more than all of last season. The Lady Mocs are 6-0 at home, defeating Alabama A&M and Alabama State during mid-week matches. Chattanooga is ranked in the top 10 in all SoCon statistical categories, with the Mocs second in the league in aces, averaging 1.34 per set.
Offensively, the Lady Mocs are led by Christina Teter who has 128 kills for the season (2.42 k/set). Close behind Teter is Sarah Batterton with 107 kills (2.02 k/s). Setter Bridget Camacho has dished out 500 assists on the season, averaging 9.43 per set.
Defensively, Paula Passmore leads the team in digs 318 (6.00 d/s). Second is Melissa Green with 112 digs. Teter and Lauren Gainer lead the team in blocks with 44 and 33, respectively.