Oct. 19, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina erased a four-point Citadel margin in the second set to pick up a 3-0 sweep of The Citadel Friday evening in the Ramsey Center. Three Catamounts picked up double-doubles on the night as outside hitters Caitlin Piechota (12 kills, 14 digs) and Jordan Timmermann (10 kills, 11 digs) joined setter Tina Nazario (43 assists, 10 digs) in assisting the Catamounts to improve to 8-16 overall and 4-5 in the Southern Conference.
After WCU cruised to a 25-15 win in the first set, the Bulldogs led WCU late in the second with a 23-19 advantage over the Catamounts. Following a Western Carolina timeout, the Purple and Gold came out on a 3-0 run to get within one of the Bulldogs. A WCU attack error gave The Citadel their last point of the set, taking a 24-23 lead. From there, a Leah Butler kill and two Citadel attacking errors gave the Catamounts a 2-0 lead in the match going into the break.
The Catamounts did not let off of the accelerator in the third as WCU picked up its fifth 3-0 sweep of the season, winning the third set 25-14.
WCU held the Bulldogs to a .078 hitting percentage, hitting at a .206 clip. The Bulldogs fell to 4-21 overall, 4-5 SoCon.
"We came out really strong in the first set and really took care of the ball," said head coach Karen Glover. "We had a little letdown in the second set, but I was pleased with how they fought all the way to the end to take the set. In the third set, Tina did a really nice job of spreading out the offense and our defense stepped up, especially our blocking."
Senior Abbey Scroggins had one of her best offensive performances of the season, totaling 11 kills while hitting at a .526 hitting percentage. She also picked up three blocks on the night. Sophomore Addy George added to her team blocks lead, picking up five on the night. The Aberdeen, N.C., native now has 61 blocks for the season.
Libero Morgan Cochran picked up 21 digs on the night, putting her career total at 1,328, just 10 digs shy of Shari Harder (2000-03) who is in fifth place on the all-time Catamount digs chart. Sophomore Paig McConlogue totaled seven digs in the win while senior Cayla Crawley and freshman Elyssa Mulheron also picked up a dig apiece.
Western Carolina returns to the floor of the Ramsey Center as Family Weekend continues in Cullowhee on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. as the Catamounts take on the College of Charleston.