Aug 17, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina volleyball team held its preseason intrasquad Saturday night in the Ramsey Center with the team's returners leading the way.
The team split into two teams, but had to alternate players on each side of the net as they played three first to 25 sets.
Leading the way was junior outside hitter Jordan Timmermann, who had 17 total kills and nine digs in the three sets. Freshman outside and right side hitter Courtney Ireland had 12 kills, while junior middle blocker Addy George, junior right side hitter Brandi Anderson and junior outside hitter Caitlin Piechota each had 11 kills. George also paced the Catamounts with five block assists. Sophomore middle blocker Nicole Ford and sophomore setter Cristina Nazario had four block assists apiece. Nazario also handed out 38 assists and earned ten digs. Junior defensive specialist Paige McConlogue picked up 15 total digs, while senior libero Morgan Cochran collected ten digs.
"I was really impressed with the level of play today and pleased with how the girls came out and fought for points," head coach Karen Glover said. "I appreciate all the fans and that came out tonight for just an intrasquad. I hope that they will continue to come out and support us during the season and for the WCU Invitational.
The Catamounts wrapped up the preseason with the scrimmage Saturday night before classes start Monday at WCU. The team will open the season with the WCU Invitational August 30 through August 31 as host of the two-day five-team tournament in the Ramsey Center. Boston College, Wright State UNC Asheville and USC Upstate round out the tournament field.
WCU plays Wright State at noon and Boston College at 7 p.m. on day one before facing USC Upstate at noon and UNC Asheville at 7:30 p.m. on the final day.
The squad hits the road for tournaments at Memphis, Tenn. for the Memphis Invitational, Wilmington, N.C. for the Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire UNCW Volleyball Classic, Columbia, S.C. for the Carolina Classic presented by Courtyard Marriott to prepare for the Southern Conference slate.
WCU is scheduled for eight home SoCon games from September 26 against App State through November 10 with Chattanooga.
Western Carolina is looking to improve on an 8-23 overall record and a 4-12 SoCon record from 2012. Piechota and Timmermann paced the team with a 3.05 and 2.82 kills per set averages respectively. Nazario averaged 9.27 assists per set, while Cochran held a 5.53 digs per set average to rank her second in the SoCon. George's .97 blocks per set average ranked her fourth in the SoCon.
Fans can keep track of many of the preseason activities through the Catamount Athletics social media outlets on Facebook (fb.com/catamountsports), Twitter (@catamounts), YouTube (CatamountSports) and Instagram (wcu_catamounts). Additionally, CatamountSports.com will be updated throughout the 2013 preseason.