Oct. 21, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina used a 12-to-1 run in the third set to force a fourth against the No. 1 team in the Southern Conference South Division - College of Charleston - Sunday afternoon in the Ramsey Center.
Down two sets to none and by a count of 22-12 late in the third, WCU used three Leah Butler kills, to tie the match at 23 points apiece. Then, College of Charleston's Darcy Dorton - who knocked down a match-high 23 kills - gave CofC a 24-23 advantage.
The Catamounts continued to fight with Jordan Timmermann picking up a kill and an attack error by the Cougars giving WCU its first lead in the set since starting out with a 6-5 lead earlier on. A service error and another Dorton kill gave Charleston its final lead in the set, ahead 26-25. Three straight points by the Catamounts, an Addy George Kill, a CofC attack error and a Tina Nazario service ace gave WCU its lone set win of the match, putting the Catamounts behind at 2-1.
College of Charleston rallied back in the fourth - using a 70% sideout percentage - to win the set 25-17 and the match, 3-1 (23-25, 23-25, 28-26, 17-25).
All told, the match featured 28 tie scores and 14 lead changes.
"I was proud of how we continued to fight throughout the match," said head coach Karen Glover.
"Even when we were down, we never stopped fighting."
Western Carolina's offensive production was balanced throughout with four Catamounts reaching double figures and seven total recording kills. Outside hitter Jordan Timmermann led the way for WCU with 16 kills, hitting at a .265 rate. Caitlin Piechota picked up her second double-double of the weekend, finishing with 15 kills and 10 digs.
Addy George and Leah Butler also scored double figure kills, with George tallying 12 and Butler 10. Both George and Butler picked up four blocks apiece for the Catamount front line as well.
Defensively, Paige McConlogue and Morgan Cochran each picked up 23 digs apiece. With her 23 digs Sunday, Cochran now enters the WCU top five for all-time digs with 1,351 career digs, only six short of fourth place on the list. Liz Rondone (2006-09) leads the top 10 with 2,184.
Aside from College of Charleston's Dorton scoring 23 kills, Sloane White added 18 for the Cougars with Melissa Morello and Emily Neideffer notching 11 and 10 kills.
Western Carolina now begins a four-match road swing beginning Oct. 26 at UNCG. The Catamounts then face the Elon Phoenix the following day.