Oct. 4, 2011
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - In a match that saw 18 tie scores and six lead changes, Western Carolina fell to mountain-rival UNC Asheville in three sets (16-25, 23-25, 22-25). With the loss, Western Carolina fell to 7-13 on the season while UNC Asheville improved to 9-7.
After jumping ahead to a 7-3 lead, a service error followed by an attack error put the Catamounts back in the match. A Brittany Lysik kill brought the Catamounts within one at 7-6. UNC Asheville would climb to a 16-11 lead, before head coach Karen Glover would decide to take a timeout. With the score at 18-11, a solo block by Carrie Minogue would cut the lead to four, 18-14. Both teams would trade points before the Bulldogs would return to a six-point, 21-15, lead before Glover would call another timeout to try to corral the Bulldogs, but UNCA would go on to take the set, 25-16. The Bulldogs outhit the Catamounts .196 to -.024 in the first set.
The Catamounts came firing back in the second, though, as WCU got to a 5-2 start before a UNCA timeout. After the timeout the Bulldogs would go on a 4-1 run. A kill followed by a Jordan Timmermann service ace would even up the set. After a Karen Glover timeout, a pair of Timmermann aces would bring the Catamounts within one before a Caitlin Piechota block would tie the match at 20. Piechota would come up big again in the set, laying down a kill to again even the match. An attack error would even the second set before UNCA would take the set 25-23.
Head coach Karen Glover would try a different wrinkle to the lineup after the break, inserting freshman Addy George. UNCA again went ahead for an early 8-5 lead. Western Carolina put together a much-needed 4-0 run to even the set at nine. One of Jordan Timmermann's five third set kills tied the match at 15. The Catamounts would take a 16-15 lead before the Bulldogs were able to side out to, again for the sixth time, tie the match at 19. An Anna Moore kill for UNCA would give the Bulldogs a one point lead before a Karen Glover timeout. With match point at 24-20, a UNCA error would allow the Catamounts to pick up two points to make a 24-22 UNCA lead. UNCA would get one final kill to seal the set and the match, 3-0.
As a team, Western Carolina mustered a .039 hitting percentage. Sophomore libero Morgan Cochran totaled a season-high 20 digs for the night making it the tenth time the Mebane, N.C.-native has logged double-digit digs in 2011.
"We just couldn't recover from our mental mistakes tonight," said head coach Karen Glover.
"We'll look to get back on track against Davidson Friday."
Western Carolina will resume conference play again Friday evening as the Catamounts travel to Davidson to take on the Wildcats for a 7 pm tilt.