Oct. 4, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - With the match all tied at two sets apiece going into the decisive fifth set, Western Carolina relied on a .476 hitting percentage and a perfect five-for-five sideout rate to dominate the fifth set against rival Appalachian State, winning 15-4, as five Catamounts finished the match with at least four total blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Addy George and freshman Nicole Ford knocked down 10 and nine blocks - both career-highs - as both teams accounted for 33 total blocks.
"I was really pleased with how we came out in the first set," said head coach Karen Glover who is now 2-0 in her career at home in the Ramsey Center against the Mountaineers. "We started strong offensively and defensively. We struggled to find rhythm through the middle of the match, but our blocking and the rest of our defense really stepped up."
Defensively, aside from the five with at least four blocks (Ford - 9, George - 10, Tina Nazario - 4, Jordan Timmermann - 4, Abbey Scroggins - 5), Timmermann, Caitlin Piechota, Paige McConlogue and Morgan Cochran all scooped double-digit digs. Libero Morgan Cochran picked up a career-high 35 digs, pushing her career total to 1,254 digs. She needs 1,338 to pass Shari Harder to move into the top-five for career digs at Western Carolina.
WCU jumped out to a quick lead in the match, taking the first set, 25-20. Both teams would alternate winning sets from there on out with scores of 18-25, 27-25, 12-25 and then the fifth set score of 15-4.
"I was pleased with how the girls regrouped after set four and came out and played with a lot of enthusiasm in set five," continued Glover. "As [head football] coach Mark Speir would say, we finished strong."
Jordan Timmermann led the Catamounts in kills with 14, picking up her fourth double-double of the season adding 11 digs. Timmermann came up big when the Catamounts needed her most as the sophomore notched four kills in the fifth set.
Caitlin Piechota was one kill shy of her fourth consecutive double-double as she finished with nine kills and a career-high 25 digs. Freshman setter Tina Nazario navigated the offense distributing 45 assists. She also added a kill, an ace, four digs and four blocks.
Nicole Ford was solid all-around for WCU as the freshman finished matching a career-high 11 kills, had two aces, led the Catamounts in hitting percentage at .241 and picked up four digs to go along with her nine blocks.
Matching Ford's offensive production was steady senior co-captain, Abbey Scroggins. Scroggins picked up at least two kills in every set. Scroggins finished with 11 kills and five blocks.
Western Carolina improved to 7-13, 3-2 SoCon while the Mountaineers dropped to 5-14, 1-4 SoCon. WCU plays its last of a four-match homestand against Davidson in the Ramsey Center on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. Fans are reminded that the Catamount football team plays Georgia Southern at 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon so parking will be limited and unavailable in the lots adjacent to the Ramsey Center and in the Creek lot until the end of the football game.