Oct. 16, 2010
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Western Carolina volleyball team dropped a three-set match (25-19, 25-19, 25-19) with Wofford on Saturday evening at Benjamin Johnson Arena.
“Our outside hitters couldn’t find their game throughout the whole match,” said Western Carolina head coach Manuel Concepcion. “We did a good job finding our middles more in the offense.”
Junior Carrie Minogue paced the Catamounts with eight kills and two blocks. Freshman Leah Best added five kills while Abbey Scroggins and Rebecca Stoltz chipped in four.
Defensively, freshman Morgan Cochran recorded a match-high 23 digs while classmate Kelcie Randazzo added 16.
The opening set saw the Catamounts (6-17, 1-7 SoCon) and the Terriers (12-12, 2-5 SoCon) tied 11 times with the final tie at 17. Wofford rattled off four consecutive points to take a four-point advantage (21-17) before WCU rallied back to score back-to-back points on kills from Best and Scroggins. Wofford took advantage of four Catamount errors to take set one, 25-14.
The Catamounts kept the battled to six ties early in set two and trailed by only two (11-9) midway through the set. Wofford jumped out to a seven-point lead (22-15) late in the set before WCU rallied back using a 4-2 run to make the score 24-19. The rally fell short as the Terriers won the set 25-19 on an Amanda Liguori kill.
Wofford took an early 6-1 advantage to open set three before WCU battled back to get within two (7-5) by using a 4-1 run. The Terriers returned the favor by using an 8-3 run to take a 15-8 lead. Four consecutive points by WCU capped by back-to-back service aces by Cochran brought the set within three (15-12) before a Stacy Byrd kill gave Wofford a 16-12 lead. A 5-3 run by the Catamounts got the set within two (19-17), but the Terriers used three kills and took advantage of three WCU miscues to finish the match on a 6-2 run to defeat the Catamounts, 25-19.
“We will take these next two days to rest physically and mentally and get back on track for our next mission next week,” said Concepcion. “This team knows adversity well and will overcome these past two weekends with courage and hunger for more wins. They will not give up, I believe in them.”
The Catamounts return to action on Oct. 22 as they play host to Georgia Southern at 6 p.m.