Oct. 13, 2012
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Western Carolina volleyball team fell to the Wofford Terriers, 1-3, Saturday evening in a match in which the Catamounts won the first set. The Terriers overcame the 1-0 deficit to win the match at home.
Western Carolina came out and got an early win in the first set of the match, winning 25-20. WCU had a comfortable 23-14 lead before Wofford rattled off a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to four, 23-19. The Catamounts shut the door on the set with a Piechota kill off the Tina Nazario set before a Wofford service error ended set one.
In set two, the Terriers picked up from the momentum it gained towards the end of the first, jumping out to a 6-2 lead. WCU came back in the set to tie the match at 12, but a 7-0 run by Wofford quickly put the Terriers in a comfortable situation, leading 19-12. The Catamounts chipped away to get as close as 18-22, but Wofford would again keep the Catamounts from siding out with another long run, regaining the lead and tying the set with seven straight points, winning 25-18. Wofford came out of the break and continued where it left off from, taking sets three and four by scores of 25-18 and 25-19.
With the win, Wofford improves to 12-8, 3-5 SoCon while Western Carolina falls to 7-16, 3-5 SoCon.
Sophomore Caitlin Piehota picked up her team-leading eighth double-double, finishing with 13 kills and 12 digs. Setter Tina Nazario had one of her best all-around matches of the season, finishing with 35 assists, eight digs and matched her career-high in blocks with four.
Wofford's offensive attack was led by Rachel Woodlee, Amanda Liguori and Wendy Burnett who finished with 14, 14 and 13 kills. Wofford hit at a .250 hitting percentage.
Western Carolina returns home next Friday as the Catamounts welcome The Citadel and then College of Charleston on Sunday as part of Family Weekend. Friday's match against the Bulldogs begins at 6:00 p.m.