Sept. 22, 2012
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Western Carolina volleyball team downed the Lady Mocs of Chattanooga in four sets (25-18, 25-27, 25-15, 25-23) Saturday afternoon to pick up its first conference win of the 2012 season behind a solid offensive performance by Jordan Timmermann, who led the Catamounts offensively with a match-high 20 kills, and a career-high 33 digs by junior co-captain Morgan Cochran.
"The team came out strong and the defense really set the tone for the match," said head coach Karen Glover. "Tina [Nazario] did a nice job mixing it up on offense. Our middles did a great job holding the block, allowing our pin hitters to capitalize on some one-on-one opportunities."
WCU (5-12, 1-1 SoCon) finished with a season-high 12 total blocks and outblocked the Mocs 12-8. The 92 digs picked up by the Catamounts is the second-highest mark for the season. The seven aces were also a season-high for Western Carolina.
The loss for Chattanooga is its first home loss this season with Western Carolina improving its all-time record to 36-33 over the Mocs. The Catamounts have won their last three matches against the Mocs.
The Catamounts earned the first set victory behind a solid offensive start by middle blocker Addy George and outside hitter Caitlin Piechota. George began the match with four opening set kills while Piechota added three. Nicole Ford also picked up three aces in the set as the Catamounts cruised to a 25-18 win, with WCU leading by as many as nine in the set.
Set two was much closer throughout as neither team could muster a lead of more than three, as WCU led 16-13. The Lady Mocs answered with a three-point run behind the serve of Bridget Camacho to tie the match at 16. A three-point swing from the Catamounts gave WCU a 20-17 lead, before Chattanooga would answer with a four-point run of its own. From there, neither team was ahead by more than a point until three straight points by Chattanooga when the Catamounts were serving set point gave the Mocs the win of the set, 27-25.
Sophomore Jordan Timmermann picked up offensively in the final two sets, finishing with seven and eight kills in the final two sets. The Catamounts hit their best in the third and fourth sets, hitting at a .382 and a .200 clip to finish the match. WCU answered Chattanooga's second set win with a 25-15 win to go into the last set.
Chattanooga would battle to keep the match alive in the fourth, but would only lead twice in the set. WCU earned match point when Abbey Scroggins knocked down a kill off the Tina Nazario assist, but the Mocs extended the match with a kill by Christina Teter. The Catamounts would end things, though, with a 25-23 win.
Caitlin Piechota and Nicole Ford played solid offensively with 13 kills and 10 kills, respectively. Freshman Ford also tied her career-best five blocks. The all-purpose Piechota added a season-high 18 digs and tied her career-best two blocks. Senior captain Abbey Scroggins had five blocks in the match while adding seven kills. Addy George had seven kills and four blocks while hitting at a consistent .240 hitting percentage.
Distributing the offense was freshman setter Tina Nazario. Nazario finished with 45 assists, seven digs and two blocks.
Western Carolina returns home next weekend to the Ramsey Center where the Catamounts are 3-1 for the year to play conference rivals Elon and UNC Greensboro. The Elon match is Friday at 7:00 p.m. while the match with UNCG begins at 5:00 p.m., Saturday. Both matches will be streamed through Catamount All-Access and GameTracker will also be available.