October 12, 2012
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Western Carolina volleyball team was swept by Furman despite an eight kill, .700 hitting percentage effort by senior Abbey Scroggins. The Paladins hit at an effective .330 rate, holding the Catamounts to a .186 hitting percentage.
Furman's big three of Natalie Braun, Caroline Adams and Christina Dorismond led the offensive attack for the Paladins with each totaling at least nine kills. The Paladins' effective ball placement held the SoCon digs leader - Western Carolina - to just 41 total digs, its second lowest digs total in conference play (39 against Samford). Coming into the match, WCU averaged 23.71 digs per set in conference play, being held to just 13.67 Friday evening. Sophomore Caitlin Piechota led the Catamounts in digs with 10.
Furman ( 15-5, 5-2 SoCon) set the tone of the match early, taking the first set by a 25-15 advantage, the worst Catamount first set performance since playing against Samford back on Sept. 21. The first set has been vital for WCU, with each of its three wins in SoCon play coming off a first set win. The Paladins took sets two and three by scores of 25-18 and 25-16.
The Catamounts (7-15, 3-4 SoCon) look to rebound from Friday's setback tomorrow continuing their tour of South Carolina against the Wofford Terriers at 6:00 p.m. Wofford comes into the weekend with a 10-8 overall record, but have only picked up one win in conference. The win came last week in a 3-1 victory over The Citadel.
Wofford averages a hitting percentage of .211 while holding opponents to a .197 average. The Terriers have outblocked their opponents 127 to 102, averaging 1.8 blocks per set.
Amanda Liquori leads the Terriers offensively, averaging 2.75 kills per set. Rachel Woodlee trails Liquori by just six kills, averaging 2.63 k/s. Bekah Dorsey is the Wofford setter, averaging 6.90 assists per set.
Last season, WCU defeated Wofford in its only meeting, winning in Cullowhee, 3-2. Western Carolina leads the overall series 21-7.
A recap and complete stats from Saturday's match can be found at CatamountSports.com.