Nov. 1, 2012
BOONE, N.C. - Western Carolina Volleyball traveled to Boone, N.C., Thursday evening to take on rival Appalachian State in the Holmes Convocation Center. Appalachian State avenged its loss in the first meeting of the season in the Ramsey Center, winning 3-0, preventing the Catamounts from picking up its second conference road win. After leading in the first set, WCU could not find its rhythm as the Catamounts fell to 8-20 and 4-9 in the SoCon. Appalachian State improved to 7-20, 3-10 SoCon.
With Western Carolina up 9-5, Appalachian answered with a seven point run to take its first lead in the match and force the Western Carolina timeout with ASU leading 12-9. The Mountaineers added a point out of the timeout before WCU could sideout. The Apps would maintain a cushion throughout the rest of the set, winning the first by a score of 25-20. Abbey Scroggins finished the opener a perfect 3-for-3. Caitlin Piechota also added three kills. As a team, the offense hit at a higher percentage than its season average, hitting .212.
ASU opened the match with a .333 hitting percentage. Sophomore Dalton Tolliver picked up seven kills in the first set while middle blocker Jacqui Spurgeon totaled four.
The second set began with each team trading point with neither able to sustain a lead until Appalachian went on a 4-0 run to take a 10-6 lead. WCU got two points back with a block by Abbey Scroggins and Nicole Ford and a kill by Caitlin Piechota cut the ASU lead to two before the Mountaineers could sideout. Several runs of two and three would give the home team an 18-12 lead before WCU called its first timeout of the second. The Mountaineers extended their lead to take the set 25-18 to give them a 2-0 lead going into the break.
In the third, Appalachian State jumped ahead 5-3 early. A two point swing brought WCU within one, 5-6, before Appalachian sided out. The Mountaineers continued to add to its lead, going up by six to make the score 14-8 when head coach Karen Glover called her first timeout of the set. ASU added to its lead going on a 7-2 run to force the second timeout of the set for WCU. Down 21-10, the Catamounts went on a 4-0 run to cut the lead to 21-14 before Appalachian could sideout. WCU would immediately sideout, cutting the lead to seven, 15-22. The Catamount picked up two more points pulling within five - 17-22 - before Appalachian State head coach Matt Ginipro called timeout to try to slow down the WCU offense. Jordan Timmermann added another kill before ASU picked up a kill to shift the balance back to the home team, up 23-18. ASU's Lauren Gray knocked down a kill giving the Mountaineers set point with Appalachian State then getting match point to win the set 25-18.
Sophomore Addy George picked up six blocks against ASU to go along with the career-high 10 blocks she picked up in the first match of the season, giving the middle blocker 16 against the Mountaineers this season. WCU had eight total blocks Thursday, with six Catamounts knocking down blocks.
Western Carolina returns to action to end the four-match road swing Saturday in Statesboro, Ga., against Georgia Southern at 7:00 p.m.