Sept. 28, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Nicole Ford and Brandi Anderson collected career-highs in kills to lead the Western Carolina volleyball team in a thrilling five set win 3-2 (13-25, 25-14, 25-16, 21-25, 21-19) over Davidson Saturday night in the Southern Conference match in the Ramsey Center.
Ford and Anderson tallied 13 and 11 kills respectively as the Catamounts improve to 2-0 in the SoCon for the first time since the 2002 season. The win vaulted WCU to 12-4, overall while Davidson slips to 9-5 on the year and 1-1 in conference play.
Davidson exploded out the gate in the first set with a 7-1 lead in the first set. WCU cut the lead to 9-4, but that was as close as the Catamounts would get with the Wildcats cruising a 25-13 win. WCU hit a dismal .000, while Davidson was efficient with a .364 hitting percentage.
In the second set, it was the Catamounts who took an early lead and led from start to finish in a 25-14 set win to even the match at one set each. The Wildcats got as close as four points, 8-4, before the Catamounts went on to take the set. This time it was Western Carolina with an efficient attack with 16 kills on 35 attempts and one error for a .429 hitting percentage. Davidson struggled with 11 kills on 40 attacks with seven errors for a .100 attack percentage.
With the score tied at 13 in the third set, WCU mounted a 5-0 run sparked by two Cristina Nazario service aces to take an 18-13 lead. The Catamounts kept the lead between five and six points as they took a 2-1 advantage in the match with a 25-16 win.
Davison answered in the fourth set when they broke a tie a six with a 10-2 run to take a 16-8 lead. WCU fought back and trimmed the lead down to 23-21, but Davidson forced the decisive fifth set with the final two points on two Western Carolina attack errors. WCU hit .064, while Davidson hit at a .265 clip.
In the fifth set, Western Carolina took a 12-9 lead late, but Davidson rallied highlighted by a kill and a service ace to tie the set at 12. Neither team could win consecutive points with each team fighting off three set points. With the score tied at 19, Caitlin Piechota gave WCU a 20-19 lead, and the Catamounts clinched the match, 21-19, on a Davidson attack error.
Jordan Timmermann and Piechota led WCU offensively with 14 kills each. Piechota came up huge in the fifth set with five of her 14 kills. Piechota earned her second consecutive double-double with 20 digs. Paige McConlogue tied with Piechota for the WCU dig lead with 20 kills. Addy George had five total blocks, four block assists and one solo block.
Davidson held a narrow hitting percentage at .201 compared to WCU's .197. The Catamounts continued their blocking dominance with an 8-4 team blocks advantage.
WCU travels to Samford on Friday, October 4 for a 7 p.m. match before making the trek up to Chattanooga for a 3 p.m. match on Saturday, October 5.
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