Nov. 3, 2012
STATESBORO, Ga. - After taking a 2-0 lead over the team with the best record in the Southern Conference, Western Carolina relinquished its lead and the match as Georgia Southern came storming back to win the five-set match in Statesboro, Ga., Saturday evening.
The Eagles were led by the offensive effort of Crysten Curry, Kym Coley and Meredith Paskert, who all finished with at least 10 kills. Defensively, Alexandra Beecher picked up 40 digs, averaging 8.0 digs per set as Georgia Southern picked up the 3-2 (25-23, 25-18, 20-25, 15-25, 8-15) win.
After falling behind 8-3 early in the first set, Western Carolina chipped away at the GSU lead before going on a 4-0 run thanks to two consecutive blocks sandwiched by two Jordan Timmermann kills to even the match at 10. A 4-1 run by the Catamounts gave WCU a 19-14 lead before Georgia Southern began to come back to pull within one of the Purple and Gold, 22-21. With the Catamounts serving set point with a 24-22 lead, the Eagles picked up a kill by Crysten Curry to keep the set alive. A Caitlin Piechota kill would give WCU the early 1-0 lead over the top-ranked team in the conference.
The second set started off much the same way as the first with Georgia Southern jumping out to an early lead, but that lead never got above two points before Western Carolina jumped ahead at 10-9. From there, the two teams would trade points and the lead before WCU pulled away with a three-point lead, 19-16. The Catamounts extended their lead to four, 21-17, forcing the Eagles to take a timeout. WCU picked up three straight points out of the timeout with kills by Addy George and Abbey Scroggins before the Eagles could sideout with a kill of their own. With their backs against set point, the Eagles served the ball into the net, giving WCU a 2-0 lead going into the break.
After the break, the team that sits atop the SoCon standings began to wear down the Catamounts. Set three remained close well after the halfway point with both teams tied at 19. From there, the Eagles went on a 6-1 run to take the set and shift the momentum in the match.
Georgia Southern cruised to a 25-15 win in the fourth to set up a fifth set showdown.
WCU got on the board first and the match was tied at three when GSU began to pull away from the Catamounts, as the Eagles took the set, 15-8.
Even with the match going to five sets, only Caitlin Piechota picked up double-digit kills with 14.The sophomore added 14 digs to pick up the double-double. Freshman setter Tina Nazario also scored a double-double with 41 assists and 11 digs.
Senior Abbey Scroggins and sophomore Addy George hit well as both hit over .300 as Scroggins picked up nine kills (.333) to George's eight (.375). Jordan Timmermann also added nine kills and eight digs.
The Catamounts scored 11 blocks on the night as Nicole Ford, George and Timmermann each had five blocks.
Western Carolina returns home for its final two matches of the 2012 regular season with SoCon Tournament implications on the line as the Catamounts open the weekend with a Friday evening tilt with Chattanooga at 6 p.m. The Catamounts then face Samford on Saturday for Senior Day.