Oct. 8, 2010
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Samford Bulldogs picked up their second Southern Conference victory by holding the Western Carolina volleyball team to a season-low 17 kills, upending the Catamounts in three sets (25-13, 25-11, 25-17) on Friday night.
"Samford kept our offense out of system so we couldn't run anything," said Western Carolina head coach Manuel Concepcion. "We will regroup and get ready for Chattanooga tomorrow. I know the girls will bounce back."
The first set saw the Catamounts (6-14, 1-4 SoCon) and Bulldogs (8-11, 2-3 SoCon)tied three times early in the set before WCU took an 8-7 lead. Samford responded by going on a 13-1 run to jump out to a 20-9 lead. WCU went on a 3-1 run capped by a Carrie Minogue kill to get the match within nine (21-12), but Samford would score four of the final five points of the set to win, 25-13.
Set two saw the Bulldogs take an early 13-5 before the Catamounts retaliated with a 3-0 run capped by an Amanda Chaparro kill to make the score 13-8. WCU only scored three more points in the set as the Bulldogs ran away with set two capitalizing on a 12-3 run to win the second frame of the match.
The Catamounts battled to an 11-10 advantage in set three before Samford regained the lead, 15-12, by rattling off five consecutive points. A Bulldog service error and a Minogue kill brought the set back within one (15-14), but Samford used a 10-3 run to win the match and their second SoCon contest of the season.
Minogue and Rebecca Stoltz paced the Catamount offense with four kills apiece while Chaparro and Abbey Scroggins each chipped in three kills. Junior Emily Franklin posted a team-high 13 assists in the loss.
Defensively, Morgan Cochran
had a team-high nine digs while freshman classmate Kelcie Randazzo
recorded seven digs.
Samford's Elizabeth Neisler posted a match-high 16 kills while teammate Hillary Fountain registered a match-high 40 assists in the Bulldogs' victory over WCU.
The Catamounts return to action tomorrow (Oct. 9) at 7 p.m. as they travel to SoCon foe Chattanooga.