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Catamounts Host The Citadel and Georgia Southern This Weekend

Paige McConlogue and Morgan Cochran dig a ball during a match.

Oct. 17, 2013

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Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina volleyball team welcomes The Citadel and Georgia Southern into the Ramsey Center to wrap-up a four-match home-stand.

The Western Carolina Review The Catamounts enter the week at 14-6 overall and 4-2 in the Southern Conference ... WCU had its a six-match winning streak -- the longest streak since 2003 -- snapped with a pair of losses last weekend, 3-2 to Wofford (10/11) and 3-1 to Furman (10/13) ... WCU is off to its best start to season through 20 matches since the 2002 when the team started 14-6 ... The Catamounts picked up two wins over teams from a BCS conference -- 3-1 over Boston College (08/30) and 3-2 over Memphis (09/06) -- for the first time since 1987 ... WCU's win at Samford (11/04) snapped an 11-match losing streak to the Bulldogs ... Senior libero Morgan Cochran was named SoCon Player of the Month for the month of September ... Cochran leads the SoCon and is second in the NCAA with 6.05 digs per set ... She has turned in five 30-dig matches on the season including two in the same day -- 31 against N.C. A&T (09/14) and 30 at UNC Wilmington (09/14) ... She has five of the 11 30-dig matches in the SoCon this season ... WCU has had three players named SoCon Player of the Week -- Cochran, week three, and Addy George, week four, earned defensive honors and Jordan Timmermann earned offensive honors in week three ... Timmermann leads the team, and seventh in the SoCon, with 3.12 kills per set ... George paces WCU and the league with 1.29 blocks per set to rank 37th in the NCAA ... George also leads the team with a .281 hitting percentage ... Cristina Nazario is sixth in the league with 9.91 assists per set ... WCU leads the SoCon -- third in the NCAA -- with 18.32 digs per set ... They top the league with 2.41 blocks per set ... WCU limits opposing teams to a .167 hitting percentage, second in the league ... Karen Glover, who was named 2011 SoCon Coach of the Year, is in her third season at the helm of the Catamount program ... WCU is 4-3 in the Ramsey Center this season as they continue the current four-match home-stand.

Western Carolina vs. The Citadel (5-17, 0-6) Match Notes
The Catamounts and Bulldogs have met 24 times with WCU owning an 18-6 overall recorded and an 18-5 record in SoCon matches ... WCU is 8-3 against The Citadel in Cullowhee ... The Catamounts have won the last two meetings between the two teams including a 3-0 win on October 19, 2012 in Cullowhee ... WCU has won five of the last eight meetings ... WCU holds the longest winning streak in the series -- 11 matches -- from 1998 to 2003 ... The Citadel has lost seven of its last eight matches, but picked up a win, 3-0, over Savannah State in its last match ... The Bulldogs have lost 24 straight SoCon with their last win, 3-2, over Wofford on November 5, 2011 ... Ise d'Angelo leads the team with 1.96 kills per set, while Lauren Hurt has a team hight .226 hitting percentage ... Erin Bucher averages 4.01 digs per set ... Amir Khaledi is in his third season as the head coach of the Bulldogs.

Western Carolina vs. Georgia Southern (17-3, 5-1) Match Notes
The Catamounts and Eagles have met 41 times with Georgia Southern hold an 18-23 advantage overall and 15-19 edge in SoCon matches ... WCU is 9-9 at home against GSU ... The Eagles have won 17 of the last 18 meetings in the series dating back to 2002, and nine straight ... WCU's last win, 3-2, game on October 1, 2006 ... Georgia Southern has won 11 of its last 12 matches including the last two matches, a 3-0 win over UNCG and a 3-0 win over Elon ... The Eagles are led by Jamie DeRatt with 3.70 kills per set, while Crysten Curry holds a .312 hitting percentage ... Katalin Minnerly averages 11.06 assists per set to lead the SoCon ... Alexandra Beecher holds a 4.48 digs per set average, and Curry is second in the league with 1.21 blocks per set ... As a team, GSU holds opponents to .147 hitting percentage to lead to the SoCon ... Dustin Wood is in his first season as the head coach of the Eagles ... GSU plays at Appalachian State on October 18 prior to the match against the Catamounts.

Western Carolina's Next Week
WCU hits the road for a four-match road swing that begins with an October 25 match at Davidson at 7 p.m. and followed by an October 27 match at App State at 5 p.m.