Nov. 8, 2011
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina (12-18, 7-7 SoCon) defeated arch-rival Appalachian State (18-10, 10-4 SoCon) in a thrilling, four set match in Cullowhee at the Ramsey Center Tuesday evening, defeating the Mountaineers 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-23, 25-22).Over 200 fans were on hand to say goodbye to Catamount seniors Brittany Lysik, Carrie Minogue and Rebecca Stoltz.
"I was really pleased with our execution tonight," said head coach Karen Glover.
"We were able to have a balanced attack because of our girls' ability to execute. They did a great job of leading us tonight, and I'm glad we were able to defeat our rival for their last match at home."
Senior Rebecca Stoltz led the Catamount offensive attack, finishing with 12 kills and seven total blocks, one shy of her career-high eight, which Stoltz logged against Appalachian State in 2008. The Catamounts outblocked the Mountaineers 14-7 in the match, one shy of the team's season-high of 15. Classmate Brittany Lysik picked up her team-leading fourteenth double-double of the season on 39 assists and 17 digs.
Western Carolina got on the board first with a 25-19 win in the first set. The set remained close until the Catamounts, behind the serve of Abbey Scroggins, went on a 6-0 run to take a 24-18 lead. The six-point WCU lead would be the largest by either team in the match. Minogue would add a kill to give the Catamounts an early 1-0 lead in the match.
Appalachian State answered in the second set, with a key 3-0 stretch that would open up the set for the first time for the Mountaineers, taking a 17-13 lead before the Catamounts would call timeout to try to reel the Mountaineers back in. The Catamounts fought back to within one of ASU with the Apps serving for set point, but the Mountaineers finally took the set 25-23.
Western Carolina would come out of the intermission with enthusiasm in the third set and would not trail by more than three for the rest of the match. WCU would take sets three and four, defeating its rival in Cullowhee for the first time since Oct. 15, 2008.
Steady senior Carrie Minogue finished the match with eight kills. Freshman Jordan Timmermann finished in double-digit kills, 10, for the fifth straight match. Sophomore libero Morgan Cochran added a team-high 23 digs to the winning effort.
"Tonight was the most memorable experience that I've had in the four years of playing volleyball here at Western," said senior Rebecca Stoltz.
"Now, we just need to get back and work on some of our strategies in preparation for the weekend. We need to match the enthusiasm and effort that we played with tonight."
Western Carolina now wraps up its regular season play with a two-match road swing, first at Samford on Saturday afternoon followed by a visit to Chattanooga for an afternoon tilt against the Mocs. Another WCU win or an Elon loss will give the Catamounts their first SoCon Tournament bid since 2006.