Oct. 18, 2009
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina volleyball (3-19, 0-8 SoCon) pushed visiting Wofford (16-8, 3-5 SoCon) to five games, but fell 3-2 Sunday in the Ramsey Center.
The Catamounts forced a game five with some clutch play by Western Carolina. The Terriers had match point, in the fourth set 24-20, when WCU Paloma Alvarez registered a kill and got the side out for the Catamounts.
Sophomore Rebecca Stoltz served five straight Western Carolina points to help take set four and force a game five. Stoltz opened up by serving two straight aces to pull within one point, 23-24. An attack error by Wofford tied the game at 24 and a kill by Carrie Minogue and an attack error by Wofford secured the game four victory.
There were three ties in the fifth, and final set, and Western Carolina led 8-5 at one point. Wofford tied the game at 11 and then at 12 before Stacy Byrd notched her 20th kill to take the lead. Two consecutive attack errors by Western Carolina secured a Wofford victory.
Down 1-0, Western Carolina showed its ability to battle in the match when the Catamounts took game two before heading into the locker room. Down, 24-23, Western Carolina tied the match off a Terrier attack error. Tied at 25, Stoltz registered a kill to give WCU a 26-25 win and then a kill by Amanda Kerr gave the Catamounts a victory in the second game.
Paloma Alvarez led Western Carolina with 13 kills and Kara Lynzee Brooks followed with 10. Senior setter Katie Hennessey added 41 assists.