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 and a half as the event featured two teams, but interchangeable personnel as the WCU coaching staff continued to mix-up both lineups throughout the scrimmage to allow for position assessment.
The gold squad won all three sets but nearly every Catamount saw action on the gold side throughout the event. With a roster of 12, every athlete played the entire three sets.
The Catamount roster features four newcomers who were able to take to the court for the first time wearing the Purple & Gold.
Junior Kaycey Cermin and sophomore Alyssa Zupan led a group of four Catamounts who reached double-figure kills over the three sets. Cermin and Zupan each had 11 in the match while both hitting above .300. Sophomore Moea Osbey and freshman Abigail Veit each added 10 kills with Veit leading the squad with a .429 attack percentage. Veit registered just one error on 21 swings.
Freshman libero Meagan Sanchez dug up a team-high 19 balls while junior Reeve Reinsborough and Veit each had 13. VerVelde and senior Lauren Saxby added 10 digs apiece.
Gold took the opening set 25-15 with Osbey collecting a team-high four kills in the set. The second set was decided by the exact same score with junior Gabby Edmondson picking up a team-high six kills in the set followed by Zupan who had five. The third set finished at 25-14 as Cermin put down six kills for the victorious gold side.
The Catamounts will continue to prepare for their season opener against UAB on Friday, Aug. 26. The match is part of the 2016 Catamount Volleyball Classic. UAB, Charleston Southern and Tennessee Tech are all traveling to Cullowhee to take part in the two day event. The tournament begins at 4 pm on Friday with Charleston Southern taking on Tennessee Tech. WCU and UAB will follow at 6:30 pm.