CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina volleyball team took on Chattanooga Friday night for the second time this season. WCU earned a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Mocs earlier this season but Chattanooga came out on top inside the Ramsey Center as they took a convincing 3-0 win in the contest. WCU struggled in the opening set and never was able to recover as Chattanooga evened up the season series.
Chattanooga placed three hitters in double-figures for kills as Miranda Elpers, Dani Szczepanski and Ally Ford all put down 11 in the match. WCU picked up just four kills as a team in the opening set and was led in the match by freshman MaKenzie White who tallied seven over the three sets.
Sophomore Aleah Keaton chipped in six kills and three blocks including one solo stop. Freshman Gabby Gray, who played prep volleyball in the city of Chattanooga, added five kills and a pair of digs. Senior Katie O’Connor put down four kills and four blocks including one solo.
Sophomore Meagan Sanchez led the Catamounts with 13 digs in the match while classmate Abigail Veit added 11 digs to go along with a block and three kills. Setters Jo-Leigh VerVelde and Hannah Price once again split time in the 6-2 rotation. VerVelde, a senior, finished with 12 assists, nine digs and three blocks while Price, a freshman, had nine assists and nine digs.
Chattanooga held the Catamounts to a negative attack percentage in the opening set as the Mocs cruised to a 25-13 victory. The second set saw the Mocs lead most of the period but it was close throughout as Chattanooga won 25-22. The third set was the closest of the match as the Catamounts pushed the Mocs to the brink before Chattanooga took home the 25-23 victory.
WCU will have a day of preparation before taking on ETSU Sunday afternoon inside the Ramsey Center. The Buccaneers defeated WCU 3-1 earlier this season in Johnson City. The match on Sunday is set for a 2 pm start.