Oct. 21, 2011
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Western Carolina efficiently handled The Citadel in three sets Friday night, defeating the Bulldogs 26-24, 25-16, 25-17 as every Catamount saw action in the victory. The Catamounts reach five conference wins for the first time since 2005, improving their overall record to 10-15. The Citadel falls to 7-15, 0-9 in the SoCon.
"Our passing was strong tonight which allowed Brittany [Lysik] to spread out the offense," described head coach Karen Glover.
"It was very much a team effort tonight."
Senior setter Brittany Lysik had one of her best three set matches of the season 37 assists for the match. That was one assist shy of her three set career-high 38 that Lysik had in the match against Charleston Southern back in September.
Western Carolina hit effectively throughout the match, hitting at a .257 clip for the night, third best match hitting percentage on the season. Four Catamounts hit seven kills or better, with freshman Jordan Timmermann logging 11 kills. Carrie Minogue (10 kills), Caitlin Piechota (eight kills) and Rebecca Stoltz (seven kills) all hit over .330 for the match with Rebecca Stoltz hitting an accurate 46 percent for the match.
In all three sets, the Bulldogs would trade points with the Catamounts early on. The first set would be most closely contested by The Citadel with neither team leading by more than three points before the Catamounts took a 15-11 lead. The Citadel would continue to stay with WCU, eventually tying the match at 23 with a 3-0 run off the serve of Alexa Dahlstrom. WCU took a 25-24 lead off of a service error by The Citadel before an attack error would give the first set to the Catamounts. Previous to tonight's match, the Catamounts were 7-1 after winning the first set. WCU would improve that record to 8-1 with tonight's win.
In set two, two big WCU runs would give the Catamounts the set easily. After going 2-1 to start the set, Rebecca Stoltz would lead the Purple and Gold on a 5-0 run, highlighted by two aces. After picking up another ace in the third, Stoltz now has 22 service aces for the season. Classmate Carrie Minogue would lead WCU on a 7-0 run to take a 20-6 lead over the Bulldogs. During that stretch, five different Catamounts would pick up points - Rebecca Stoltz, Carrie Minogue, Brittany Lysik, Jordan Timmermann and Brandi Anderson who picked up her ninth kill of the season. Freshman Addy George picked up two more kills in the set as WCU won set two, 25-16.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 5-1 lead to begin the third set, but runs by freshmen servers Jordan Timmermann, Caitlin Piechota and Paige McConlogue would bring the Catamounts back. A Timmermann kill and ace would bring the Catamounts within one at 5-6. A Piechota kill to make the score 9-8 would give the Catamounts the lead for good as WCU would stretch their lead to eight, winning the set and the match with a 25-17 third set win off of a Stoltz kill.
The win gives the Catamounts a 17-7 all-time record against the Bulldogs. The win also snaps a three-match winless drought against The Citadel.
Defensively, sophomore Morgan Cochran picked up 11 digs while Abbey Scroggins, Stoltz, Lysik and Minogue each picked up two block assists in the match. The blocks for Minogue put her at 275 blocks for her career, two away from Emily Tillotson's 277 blocks. Tillotson sits at seventh place on the all-time blocks list, while Minogue is at eighth and climbing.
The Catamounts continue their trip to the South Carolina Lowcountry as WCU takes on the College of Charleston tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. Live stats will be available for the match on CatamountSports.com.