Sept. 25, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina volleyball team (10-4) returns to the friendly confines of the Ramsey Center as the Catamounts host Appalachian State on Thursday, September 26 at 7 p.m. and Davidson on Saturday, September 28 at 5 p.m. to open its Southern Conference slate.
The Catamounts enter the week after a 10-4 start to the 2013 season with the match against Appalachian State, Thursday the midpoint of the season. WCU is off to their best start to a season since 1985 when they were 14-1 at the halfway point. It matches the 10-4 mark of the 2002 team through 14-matches.
Western Carolina went 2-1 at the Carolina Classic presented by Courtyard Marriott over the weekend. WCU lost the opening match to host South Carolina (09/20), 3-0, but bounced back with sweeps of Presbyterian (09/21) and Robert Morris (09/21). In the RMU match, Addy George set the WCU record with 15 block assists in the match. George was named SoCon Defensive Player of the Week in week four for her efforts during the Carolina Classic. She leads the league in blocks per set, 1.42 and is 17th in the NCAA. The Catamounts set a new team single-match block assists record with 34 block assists in the RUM match.
Morgan Cochran leads the SoCon and is second in the NCAA with 6.25 digs per set. Cochran, 1,784 career digs, is chasing the WCU school record and trails Liz Rondone, 2,152 digs, by 368 digs. After back-to-back 30-dig matches against N.C. A&T (09/14) and UNCW (09/14) to earn her SoCon Defensive Player of the Week in week three, Cochran was the first player to record two 30 dig matches in the same day in the NCAA.
Jordan Timmermann, who was named the leagues top offensive player in week three, leads the team with a 3.08 kills per set average.
WCU leads the league and is third in the NCAA with 18.52 digs per set. They also top the SoCon in blocks per set and are 64th in the NCAA at 2.49.
Western Carolina vs. Appalachian State (9-5, 0-0 SoCon) Match Notes
The Catamounts and Mountaineers have met 76 times dating back to the 1980 season with Appalachian State owning a 29-47 advantage in the series and a 19-36 record in SoCon play. App State owns a 6-18 record since 2000. WCU is 2-2 under head coach Karen Glover with both wins coming in the Ramsey Center where WCU is 15-16 in Cullowhee. The Mountaineers enter the match-up having dropped four of their last seven matches, but picked up wins in their last two matches -- 3-1 over UT Arlington and 3-2 against Denver. App State's Emily Corrigan leads the league with 3.82 kills per set and 4.16 points per set. The Mountaineers are coached by Matt Ginipro in his sixth season.
Western Carolina vs. Davidson (8-4, 0-0) Match Notes
The Catamounts and Wildcats have met 41 times dating back to 1986 with Davidson owning an 18-23 advantage in the series and 15-19 in conference matches. Under head coach Karen Glover WCU is 1-1 with each team winning on its respective home courts with Davidson taking the last meeting 3-0 in the 2012 season. WCU does hold an 11-8 record in home matches over Davidson. The Wildcats hold the longest winning streak between the schools, four straight from 2007-10. Davidson plays App State prior to the WCU match on September 27. The Wildcats have won two in a row after going 2-1 in the High Point Invitational last weekend. They picked up sweeps of N.C. A&T and High Point, but fell 3-2 to Murray State. Carolina Brown leads the team with 3.23 kills per set and is fifth in the SoCon. As a team they are second in blocks per set, 2.23, and digs per set, 15.89, to WCU in both categories. Chris Willis is in his first season at the helm of the Wildcat volleyball program.
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