CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina's volleyball team looks to bounce back from a tough five set loss to mountain-rival UNC Asheville on Tuesday as the Catamounts travel to Raleigh for the NC State Courtyard Midtown Invitational held at Reynolds Coliseum.
The Courtyard Midtown is two days of volleyball action featuring three teams from the state of North Carolina in WCU, NC State and Campbell - who all participated in the event a season ago. Central Michigan also makes the trip down for the event.
Play opens up Friday with Central Michigan (4-3) taking on the Campbell Camels (4-4) at 4 pm. The Catamounts will then play NC State at 7 pm.
The Wolfpack come into the match with an impressive 5-1 record with every match for NC State being played at home so far in the 2012 season. The Pack won two of its three matches last weekend, beating South Florida 3-1 and sweeping Kent State before falling to VCU in a five set match.
The 5-0 start for NC State was the best start that the Wolfpack has had since 1995.
Friday's match will be streamed, as will all matches featuring the Wolfpack, through NC State's All-Access page.
Saturday, Western Carolina begins the day against the Chippewas of Central Michigan at 11 am before concluding play against Campbell at 5 pm.
In the Catamounts last time out against UNCA, WCU jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the match behind solid offensive play by sophomore middle blocker Leah Butler who picked up eight first set kills. Butler finished the day with a career-high 17 kills. Classmates Caitlin Piechota and Jordan Timmermann also had career days with Piechota logging 20 kills and Timmermann 15, respectively.
Despite the solid offensive performance by the Catamounts, UNCA came all the way back from being two down to take the match.
Live stats for all matches this weekend can be found on CatamountSports.com via GameTracker.