Oct. 18, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Led by an efficient offensive attack the Western Carolina volleyball team got back to its winning ways with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-9, 25-14) sweep of The Citadel Friday night in a Southern Conference match in the Ramsey Center.
The Catamounts held a .330 hitting percentage - 50 kills with 12 errors on 115 attempts -- tying for the fourth best team hitting percentage in a match. Jordan Timmermann - 19 kills with two errors on 28 attempts - and Addy George - 14 kills with two errors on 20 swings - each set a career-high with Timmermann hitting at a .600 clip and George finishing with a .607 hitting percentage. Timmermann's 19 kills was a match-high, while George was the only other player in double-digit kills in the match. Cristina Nazario directed the WCU offense with 42 assists.
Morgan Cochran continues to inch closer to the all-time WCU dig record as the senior libero collected a match-high 26 digs; she now has 1,958 career digs just 194 short of the record -- 2,152 digs held by Liz Rondone. It was her 95th career match in double-digits and 20th time this season. She has recorded 20 or more digs in three consecutive matches for the second time this season. Paige McConlogue contributed to the defensive effort with 15 digs.
The first set was tightly contested as WCU saw a 12-9 lead evaporate when The Citadel tied the set at 13. The Catamounts retook the lead, 17-15, only to see it disappear again when the Bulldogs pulled even at 18. The Citadel mounted a 4-2 run to take a 22-20 lead late, but WCU rallied with a 5-1 run to earn the 25-23 set win.
The second and third sets were never close as WCU held the Bulldogs to a -.147 hitting percentage en route to a 25-9 set two win and hit a .341 clip aiding in a 25-14 set three win to complete the sweep.
WCU improves to 15-6 overall and 5-2 in the SoCon remaining in second place in the league. The Catamounts host Georgia Southern, who outlasted Appalachian State in five sets Friday, Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Eagles, 6-1 in the SoCon, are tied atop the standings with only one loss in conference play with Furman, who swept Davidson Friday to improve to 7-1.
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