Sept. 21, 2013
Columbia, S.C. - Addy George recorded 18 total blocks, including a Western Carolina single-match record 15 block assists, to lead the Catamounts to sweeps of Presbyterian 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-14) and Robert Morris 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 28-26) Saturday, day two, of the Carolina Classic presented by Courtyard Marriott.
George, a junior who was named to the all-tournament team, had 22 total blocks, 2.22 blocks per set, in the tournament's three matches. On day two, alone, she compiled 18 total blocks, all block assists, and set a WCU school record with 15 block assists the win over Robert Morris. Her number is just two off the Southern Conference record. Her 15 total blocks ranks her second for total blocks in a single-match. She is now listed five times on the block assists single-match list and four times on the total blocks single-match list. It was the 28th time in her career and 11th time this season she has led the team in blocks.
Behind George's performance in the Robert Morris match, WCU set a new team record with 34 blocks assists in a single-match. The Catamounts 17 total team blocks was the fifth highest team blocking performance in match. Sophomore Christina Nazario got in on the block party as collected a career-high eight block assists - tying her for seventh for block assists in a single-match. Junior Jordan Timmermann also turned in a career-high six block assists.
Offensively in the match, George was the top kills leader with nine kills; Timmermann and fellow junior Caitlin Piechota each tallied eight kills. Junior Brandi Anderson had six kills and a .357 hitting percentage. Her six kills came on 14 swings with only one error. Nazario handed out 30 assists, as the sophomore setter came within two blocks and one dig of a triple-double while playing in front of her hometown crowd.
Senior libero Morgan Cochran, the nation's leader in digs per set entering the weekend at 6.36, collected a match-high 19 digs and was the only Catamount with double-digit digs.
WCU broke a back and forth opening set at 19 with the final six points for the 25-19 win. In a similarly played second set, the Catamounts broke a tie at 12 with an 8-0 run to vault Western Carolina to a 25-19 set win. The third set went down to the wire as a kill by Piechota and a Colonials' attack error with the score tied at 26 to complete the sweep with a 28-26 win.
WCU hit .186 in the win, while limiting RMU to .071. Robert Morris only had six blocks in the match compared to WCU's record breaking blocking performance.
In the first match of the day against Presbyterian, WCU had 10 total team blocks behind five total blocks - block assists - from sophomore Nicole Ford. It was Ford fourth time this season leading the Catamounts in blocks and 11th time in her early career. Nazario, George, and Timmermann all record three total blocks. Nazario had one solo block and two block assists, while George and Timmermann each had three block assists.
Four Catamounts collected double-digit digs for the third time this season. Cochran collected a match-high 24 digs. It was the 40th time her in four-year career she had collected 20 plus digs in a match. Nazario and Paige McConlogue followed with 11 digs, and Timmermann picked up 10 digs.
Offensively, Timmermann had seven kills, while George and Ford trailed with six kills and five kills respectively. McConlogue had a career-high with four kills on four attempts. Nazario added 28 assists to go along with her 11 digs to earn her fourth double-double of the season and eighth of her career.
WCU led from the start in the first set after jumping to an 11-2 lead. The Catamounts went on to claim the set 25-13.
Set two was a closely contested set, with WCU breaking a tie at 14 with a 6-1 run to take a 20-15 lead. The Blue Hose pulled within one point, 20-19, but the Catamounts won five of the final eight points to 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-22 set win.
The third set was all WCU again as the Catamounts again control of the set from the first serve with an 11-4 lead. Western Carolina went on to complete the sweep with a 25-14 set win.
Western Carolina hit .171, while holding Presbyterian to .017 clip.
With the two wins Saturday, Western Carolina improves to 10-4 on the season and eclipsed its win total from the 2012 season.
WCU opens Southern Conference play Thursday when it host conference rival Appalachian State at 7 p.m. in the Ramsey Center. The match against App State will be 15th match of the season - the midway point on the schedule. The Catamounts stay at home with Davidson Saturday at 5 p.m. to close out the month of September.
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