Oct. 25, 2013
Davidson, N.C. -
Junior outside hitter Jordan Timmermann recorded a career-high 23 kills to lead the Western Carolina volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-21, 28-26, 25-23, 25-16) win on the road at Davidson Friday night in a Southern Conference match inside the Belk Arena.
Timmermann surpassed her previous mark of 21 kills set back on September 8, 2012 against Campbell. In Friday's match, her 23 kills came on 52 attempts with six errors for a sizzling .327 hitting percentage from the outside. With her 52 attempts on the night, she moves into sixth place on the all-time on the career attack attempt list with 3,045 - becoming the sixth Catamount over 3,000 attacks.
Following Timmermann was classmate and fellow outside hitter, Caitlin Piechota, with 12 kills on 41 attempts with only two errors for a .244 hitting percentage. Piechota had five aces for a career-high. Cristina Nazario ran the offense with 45 assists.
Defensively, senior libero Morgan Cochran picked up a team-high 26 digs, while Paige McConlogue followed with 23 digs. Nazario had 12 digs to earn her seventh double-double of the season.
Cochran became remains in second place with 2,004 career digs, and became only the second Catamount to surpass the 2,000 dig mark. She needs just 149 digs to surpass Liz Rondone atop the list with her 2,152 digs.
The win improves WCU to 16-7 overall and 6-3 in SoCon play and gives the Catamounts the season sweep over the Wildcats. It is the second straight match WCU has won on the road at Davidson, but only the sixth time in 18 attempts in the all-time series. With the win, WCU has surpassed the 15-win mark for the first time since 2003 and the first time since the 2002 season WCU is guaranteed a winning season.
WCU took control of the opening set with a 13-8 lead and held the slim margin en route to a 25-21 win.
In the second set, Davidson broke a tie at 13 with a 3-0 run to take a 16-13 lead. The Catamounts came back and took a 22-18 lead following a 9-2 run. The Wildcats stayed in the set and pulled even at 24. WCU fought off set points at 25-24 and 26-25 before eventually falling 28-26 as Davidson evened the match at one set apiece.
The third set saw WCU take a 16-11 lead and hold the lead until Davidson tied the set at 23. The Catamounts took a 2-1 advantage in the match with back-to-back kills from Timmermann for the 25-23 win.
Western Carolina ended the match in the fourth set as they jumped out to a 13-9 lead on its way to a 25-16 win.
The Catamounts will travel to SoCon rival Appalachian State for their next match on Saturday, October 27 at 5 p.m.
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