Nov. 22, 2013
Greenville, S.C. - Morgan Cochran became Western Carolina's all-time digs leader with 19 digs in the No. 6 seed Catamounts 3-0(25-22, 25-18, 25-16) opening round loss to No. 3 seed Samford in the Southern Conference Championship Tournament Friday night in Timmons Arena.
Cochran entered the match needing only seven digs to eclipse the all-time career mark of 2,152 held by Liz Rondone. Her 19 digs in the match gives her 2,165 career digs. Her 5.13 digs per set average will also rank her number one after playing in her final match as a Catamount.
Jordan Timmermann led the WCU attack with nine kills, while Addy George and Nicole Ford followed with seven kills each. Ford accumulated a .600 hitting percentage as her seven kills came on 10 swings with only one error. Cristina Nazario finished with 28 assists directing the WCU offense. Paige McConlogue collected 10 digs.
Samford built on a 7-5 lead early in the first set with a 5-2 run to take a 12-7 lead. The Bulldogs held the margin until the Catamounts clawed back to pull within one point, 21-20. However, Samford went on to take the set, 25-22, with four of the final six points.
In the second set, Samford broke a tie at eight with a 6-0 run to take a 14-8 lead. The Bulldogs opened the lead out to 18-11 en route to the 25-18 set win.
With the third set knotted at 10, the Bulldogs strung together five straight kills to take a 15-10 lead. Samford completed the match sweep as extended the lead in the 25-16 set win.
The Purple & Gold end its season at 18-13 overall and 8-8 in the SoCon. The 18-win mark was the highest since the 2002 team collected 22 wins; at 18-13 overall it was also the first time since 2002 WCU had a winning season - the 18th time in program history. WCU's eight SoCon wins are the highest since the squad's 8-8 record in 2011.