Oct. 5, 2013
Chattanooga, Tenn. - The Western Carolina volleyball team stayed perfect in Southern Conference play with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-21) sweep of Chattanooga Saturday afternoon.
The Catamounts improve to 14-4 overall and 4-0 in the SoCon. WCU's current six-match winning streak is the longest streak since the 2003 squad won seven in a row. Western Carolina is one of only two teams left unbeaten in the SoCon with Furman starting out 4-0, as well. The two teams are scheduled to face off Sunday, October 13 in Cullowhee. However, Furman plays App State prior to the WCU match, and the Catamounts host Wofford on Friday, October 11 for their next match.
In the first set, WCU turned a 13-12 lead into a 17-13 advantage with a 4-1 run sparked by kills from Addy George and Cristina Nazario. The Catamounts never let the Mocs within three points as WCU went on to claim the first set 25-20.
Western Carolina broke the second set extended a 6-5 lead into a 12-6 advantage with a 6-1 run. WCU went on to extend the lead out to 18-10 en route to a 2-0 advantage in the match with a 25-19 set two win.
With the third set tightly contested until WCU broke a tie at 19 with a 4-0 run highlighted by a kill from junior outside hitter Jordan Timmermann and an ace by her classmate and fellow outside hitter Caitlin Piechota to take a 23-19 lead. Western Carolina held on and completed the sweep with a 25-21 set three win.
George, a junior middle blocker, led the Catamount attack for the second straight match with 11 kills on 17 swings with three errors for a .471 hitting percentage. Timmermann followed with nine kills. Senior libero Morgan Cochran collected 17 digs, and sophomore middle blocker Nicole Ford, for the second consecutive match, led the team with five total blocks, four block assists and one solo block. Nazario, a sophomore setter, handed out 25 assists in the win.
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