Oct. 11, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Trailing 2-0 the Western Carolina volleyball team mounted a furious comeback, winning the third and fourth sets, but Wofford eked a nail-biter in the fifth set as the Terriers edged out a 3-2(25-17, 27=25, 15-25, 21-25, 15-13) over the Catamounts in a Southern Conference match in the Ramsey Center Friday night.
After dropping the first two sets, Western Carolina's comeback started when the Catamounts came out of the ten-minute intermission with a 14-5 run to open the third set. WCU cruised to a 25-15 set three win to keep the match going. The Catamounts held the Terriers to their worst hitting percentage in the match .054, while WCU hit a .233 clip.
In the fourth set, WCU pushed a 9-8 lead out to a 17-12 lead with an 8-4 run. The Terriers came back and trimmed the margin down to two points, 21-19, but WCU finished off the set, 25-21, and forced the decisive fifth set with four of the final six points. WCU had their highest hitting percentage in the set at .390.
The fifth set saw Wofford take an early 5-2 lead, but WCU reeled in the Terriers as the Catamounts tied the set at five. From there the set saw nine ties and four different lead changes before the Terriers took the fifth and final lead of the match, 14-13, on a Catamount attack error. Wofford ended the match, 15-13, and claimed the match with a kill.
The loss moves the Catamounts to 14-5 overall and 4-1 in the SoCon -- their first SoCon loss of the season. WCU remains in a tie atop the SoCon standings at 4-1 with Furman and Georgia Southern. Furman, WCU's Sunday opponent at 3 p.m. in the Ramsey Center, suffered its first loss Friday night at Appalachian State, while Georgia Southern picked up a win over UNCG.
Jordan Timmermann and Caitlin Piechota each picked up double-doubles in the loss. Timmermann recorded a team-high 16 kills and 10 digs for her fourth double-double of the season and 17th of her career. Piechota recorded 12 kills and 14 digs for her 34th career double-double and ninth of the season. Leah Butler came off the bench to record 12 kills and a career-high 10 total blocks, all block assists. It was the fifth time in her career she led WCU in blocks in a match. Cristina Nazario handed out 45 assists and had seven block assists.
Morgan Cochran collected her conference leading fifth 30-dig match of the season - ninth time in her career - with 30 digs. Paige McConlogue followed with 20 digs for her fourth 20-dig match of the season.
Western Carolina had more blocks, 14-5, more digs, 84-83, and held a higher hitting percentage, .235-.201, but Wofford edged the Catamounts in kills, 71-57, and aces, 8-3.
The first set was all Wofford as the Terriers turned a tie at five into a 12-7 lead. The Catamounts cut the lead to 12-11, but the Terriers closed out the first set, 25-17, with a 13-5 run.
WCU held 16-9 advantage in the second set, but Wofford clawed back and pulled even at 20. Wofford took a 24-22 lead, but WCU fought off three set points and tied the set at 24. The Catamounts fought off a fourth set point at 25-24 to retie the set at 25, but Wofford picked up a kill and won the set, 27-25, on an ace to take the 2-0 lead in the match before the WCU's exciting comeback.
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