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Samford Spoils Catamount Senior Day

2012 Western Carolina seniors: Abbey Scroggins and Cayla Crawley

Nov. 10, 2012

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The offensive attack of divisional leader Samford was too much for the Catamounts as the Bulldogs swept Western Carolina on Senior Day in the Ramsey Center Saturday evening to wrap up the 2012 season in front of 211 fans.

Samford got the offense going early and quickly, beginning with a 19-4 run before WCU began to put points on the board, picking up a few kills before a 5-0 run made the score 21-11. Samford would end the rally, picking up the first set win, 25-12. The Catamounts began the set with an early point to lead things off and would stay within two of the Bulldogs before Samford stretched the lead to three, 17-14. The Catamounts continued to battle down 21-18. Samford then picked up four consecutive points to win set two, 25-18.

The third set started off with a 7-0 run behind the serve of Samford's Casey Garvey. The Bulldogs would maintain a comfortable cushion, winning the final set 25-18.

The Bulldogs held the Catamount offense to just 22 kills, with no one reaching double digits. Addy George picked up nine blocks, just one block short of her career-high 10 that she tallied against Appalachian State back on Oct. 4. Abbey Scroggins notched five blocks - matching a career-best - in her final match in the Purple and Gold.

Fresh off her first career kill, defensive specialist Elyssa Mulheron scooped eight digs. Morgan Cochran again led the defense with 13 digs.

Before the match, Western Carolina athletic director Randy Eaton and head coach Karen Glover met on the floor to honor WCU's two seniors - Cayla Crawley and Abbey Scroggins. Western Carolina says goodbye to its two seniors this weekend - Abbey Scroggins and Cayla Crawley. Scrog¬gins is a co-captain for the Catamounts this season. The Gaston, Ind., native has been a solid presence for WCU over the past two seasons, starting nearly every match during that time period. Scroggins is currently third on the team in kills with 170 while also boasting the second best hitting percentage at .214. She has played in 116 total matches - 334 sets - and has 499 total kills. Scroggins is a political science major who participates in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Phi Gamma Mu and the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Cayla Crawley transferred to Western Carolina after playing three seasons at Lenoir-Rhyne University. In her one season in Cullowhee, the Bryson City, native has brought leadership on and off the court to the team. The defensive specialist has played in 29 sets this season, scooping up 33 digs, while averaging 1.14 digs per set. In her time at L-R, Crawley led the Bears in aces in 2011 with 36, while finishing fourth on the team in digs with 262. In 2010, Crawley was third on the team in kills with 144. She was also third in assists and fourth in blocks and digs. As a freshman, Crawley played in 77 matches, picking up 63 kills, 17 blocks and 192 digs. Cayla Crawley boasts a 3.7 GPA and will graduate in the spring with a degree in marketing. She is a member of PRSSA, CatCom and Reformed University Fellowship.

"I'm really appreciative of all the seniors have brought the the program - the sacrifices they have made, the leadership they provided," said head coach Karen Glover. "I also want to take this time to thank all the people who have worked our matches. We greatly appreciate the time and energy that you've given to make game day a good experience."