CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina volleyball team held their annual Purple & Gold scrimmage Saturday afternoon at the Auxiliary Gym inside the Ramsey Center. The action lasted just under an hour as the team separated into two squads, but many student-athletes switched sides as the WCU coaching staff continued to mix-up both lineups throughout the scrimmage to allow for position assessment.
The “home” squad won all three sets but nearly every Catamount saw action on the “home” side throughout the event. With 13 of WCU’s 15 student-athletes available to compete, every athlete played the entire three sets.
The Catamount roster features six newcomers, five of whom were able to take to the court for the first time wearing the Purple & Gold.
Seniors Gabby Edmondson and Katie O’Connor both reached double-figures in kills to lead the Catamounts. Edmondson led the way with 11 kills while compiling a .381 attack percentage from the outside while O’Connor patrolled the inside with 10 kills and a .400 attack percentage. Sophomore Aleah Keaton was next in line with seven kills while freshman MaKenzie White was the top newcomer with six kills.
Defensively, O’Connor led the team with eight blocks including two solo stops while Keaton chipped in four total blocks and two solo.
Sophomore Meagan Sanchez had an outstanding day at the service line collecting six aces without committing an error.
The “home” side won the opening set 25-13 with Edmondson and White combing for nine kills on the winning squad. Edmondson put down five kills in the set while White had four. The second set was a tight 25-22 victory for the home squad as O’Connor led the way with four kills while freshman Morgan Williams, Price and VerVelde each chipping in two kills on the winning side. The third set was played to 15 as the “home” team won 15-4. VerVelde and Keaton each had two kills in the set to lead the way.
The Catamounts will continue to prepare for their season opener against Charleston Southern on Friday, Aug. 25. The match is part of the 2017 Catamount Volleyball Classic. Charleston Southern, Jacksonville State and Towson are all traveling to Cullowhee to take part in the two day event. The tournament begins at 4 pm on Friday with Jacksonville State taking on Towson. WCU and Charleston Southern will follow at 6:30 pm.