CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina volleyball team took to the court in the main arena of the Ramsey Center for the first time this season as the Catamounts held their annual Purple & Gold scrimmage. The action lasted just under two hours 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 purple squad won the first three sets with gold taking the final period. All 15 Catamounts saw significant action in the scrimmage as head coach Karen Glover evaluated her young squad.
With just five upperclassmen on the roster, it was an opportunity for the young players to see competitive action prior to the start of the season.
Junior Lauren Saxby, who missed most of last season due to injury, led the squad with 20 kills over the four sets including a match-high eight in the third set as her purple side won 25-17. Freshman Devan Ingram matched her match-high eight kills in the fourth and final set as she led the gold squad to a 25-22 victory. Ingram ended the scrimmage with 13 kills which ranked second for the day.
Freshman Savannah Kohlhagen (12) and senior Nicole Ford (10) were the only other Catamounts to register double-digit kills. Sophomore Jo-Leigh Vervelde and junior Courtney Ireland came up one kill each from reaching double-figures.
Defensively, freshman Moea Osbey held her own block party as she rejected nine total attacks from the opposition including one solo stop. Sophomores Katie O'Connor and Vervelde each added six blocks.
Senior libero Elyssa Mulheron led all Catamounts with 30 digs while sophomore Lucy Lambert added 17. Freshman Alyssa Zupan (15), sophomore Reeve Reinsborough (12) and freshman Dakoda Hawkins (10) all registered double-digit digs as well.
Vervelde and senior Cristina Nazario saw the majority of the time at setter with Nazario handing out 37 assists and Vervelde dishing out 31.
The Catamounts will complete four more practices prior to the season opener against Georgia State on Friday, Aug. 28. The match is part of the 2015 Catamount Volleyball Classic. Georgia State, Fresno State and Murray State are all traveling to Cullowhee to take part in the two day event. The tournament begins at 4 pm on Friday with Fresno State taking on Murray State. WCU and Georgia State will follow at 6:30 pm.