Nov. 14, 2003
Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina volleyball team fought back in the third game to stay alive, but the College of Charleston Cougars proved too tough as they claimed the 3-0 victory with scores of 30-17, 30-19, 30-26. With the loss, the Catamounts drop to 15-16 overall and 7-10 in the Southern Conference. Charleston improves to 25-5, 16-1 with the win.
The Cougars hit a match-high .350 in the first game to take control of the match and hold WCU to -.068 hitting. Led by Kaycie Carr's double-double 12 assists and 10 digs in the first, C of C dominated with 16 kills and six team blocks, while Western posted eight kills and no blocks. Freshman Kellyn Thaut did serve up two aces, but it was not enough to spark the Cats as Charleston took the first game, 30-17.
Led by Stephanie Ballard's five kills in the second game, the Cougars continued their route of the Catamounts as Carr dished out 15 more assists and dug the ball seven times. Thaut led the attack for Western with four kills, but the Cats still were not able to put together much offense against the powerful hitting and excellent defense of Charleston. WCU came up with two rejections in the second game, but the Cougars pulled out the 30-19 win in the end.
Western came back more focused after intermission as the Cats led most of the way through the third game. Charleston took their first lead in the game at 22-21 and didn't give Western much of a chance to take back the lead as the Cougars closed the deal at 30-26.
The Catamounts were led by Thaut and senior Sara Komosinski's seven kills apiece. Senior Shari Harder posted another double-double on the season with her 22 assists and 11 digs. Sophomore Ellie Talbot led the squad with 13 digs, while junior Stefanie Peters recorded two blocks for the Cats, who were out-blocked, 14-4, in the match. Peters added 10 digs, three assists and four kills.
The College of Charleston was led by Ballard's 14 kills, adding 12 digs and three assisted blocks. Rebecca Wieters had 12 kills for the Cougars to go along with four assists and a team-high seven blocks (one solo). Becca Shaw posted seven assisted blocks on the night and recorded eight kills on 12 attacks with no errors for a .667 hitting percentage to lead the team. Carr led the way with 22 digs and 47 assists.
Western Carolina closes out its regular-season Saturday afternoon at 2 pm (Nov. 15) in the RAC. Saturday is Senior Day and WCU will be recogizing three seniors and their four-year Catamount careers in a pregame ceremony.