Nov. 16, 2013
Senior libero Morgan Cochran moved within six digs of tying and seven digs of breaking the all-time Western Carolina volleyball dig record with 20 digs in the Catamounts regular season finale- a 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-23) sweep of The Citadel - Saturday afternoon in McAlister Fieldhouse.
Cochran's 20 digs in the match gives her 2,146 career digs as she continues to close in on Liz Rondone's mark of 2,152 digs.
Cochran, who entered the weekend averaging 6.13 digs per set and leading the NCAA, is already WCU's all-time digs per set record holder with a mark of 5.12.
Jordan Timmerman led the Catamount offense with 12 kills, while Addy George followed with eight kills. Nicole Ford and Caitlin Piechota each chipped in seven kills. Cristina Nazario handed out 39 assists. Trailing Cochran's effort on the defensive end was Piechota, who had 17 digs, and Paige McConlogue, who had 10 digs. Addy George had six total blocks, two solo and four block assists.
WCU cruised through the first two sets with a 25-18 set one win and a 25-15 set two, but The Citadel made the third set a tightly contest set.
Trailing 16-12, the Bulldogs mounted a 6-2 run to pull even at 18, but the Catamounts answered with three straight points - two on The Citadel errors and one on a kill from Leah Butler - to take 21-16 lead. However, The Citadel fought back and again evened the score at 22 as they took advantage of two WCU miscues. The Catamounts edged out the 25-23 after WCU broke the 22-22 tie with three of the final four points.
The Catamounts had 13 more kills than The Bulldogs, 45-32, and held an advantage at the net with nine team blocks compared to six team blocks for The Citadel.
Western Carolina ends the season at 18-12 overall and 8-8 in the Southern Conference. The .500 mark in conference play tied the 2011 team's winning percentage - head coach Karen Glover was named coach of the year during the season. The team's 18 wins in 2013 season are the most since the 2002 squad recorded 22 wins.
The Catamounts await the remaining results from around the land before they receive their SoCon Tournament seeding. WCU could be slotted in the sixth through eighth seed.
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