Aug 29, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina volleyball team opens the 2013 season with the five-team two-day WCU Invitational tournament Friday, August 30 through Saturday, August 31.
Boston College from the ACC, UNC Asheville from the Big South, USC Upstate from the A-Sun, and Wright State out of the Horizon League make up the tournament field.
The Catamounts kick off the event with the first match against Wright State at noon on Friday. USC Upstate and Boston College make up the second match at 2 p.m. with Wright State and UNC Asheville at 4:30 p.m. Western Carolina and Boston College wrap up the final match of day one at 7 p.m.
Five matches are slated for Saturday with Wright State against Boston College starting play at 10 a.m. Western Carolina and USC Upstate faceoff at noon, followed by Boston College and UNC Asheville at 2:30 p.m. USC Upstate and Wright State play at 5 p.m. with mountain rivals Western Carolina and UNC Asheville playing the tournament finale at 7:30 p.m.
The tournament formally known as the Catamount Clash started in 2001 and was last played in 2008. It changed its name to the VB Rags Western Carolina Invitational from 2009 to 2010 before taking year hiatus in 2011 and coming back in 2012 as the WCU Invitational.
Last season WCU went 2-1 with wins over North Carolina A&T and St. Peter's, but fell to Northern Kentucky. Caitlin Piechota and Jordan Timmermann headlined the all-tournament team for the Catamounts, now in its second year.
The Catamounts are looking to improve on an 8-23 overall record and a 4-12 SoCon record from 2012. Sophomore Piechota and junior Timmermann paced the team with a 3.05 and 2.82 kills per set averages respectively a season ago. Sophomore Cristina Nazario averaged 9.27 assists per set, while Senior Morgan Cochran held a 5.53 digs per set average to rank her second in the SoCon. Cochran became the 16th WCU volleyball player to break the 1,000 kill plateau in 2012. Her current mark of 1,484 career digs is ranks her third all-time and 668 away the WCU school record. Junior Addy George's .97 blocks per set average ranked her fourth in the SoCon.
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