Volleyball Wins Three Straight

The Western Carolina volleyball squad won its third straight conference match Sunday at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1-14, 1-5). Earlier in the week, the Lady Cats (8-6, 5-1) topped Furman at home and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga away.

Sunday, Western handled UNCG for a 3-1 victory. The Lady Catamounts recorded 64 kills to just 37 for the Lady Spartans and had 8.0 team blocks against 1.0 for UNCG.

The first game saw WCU notch a .457-.129 advantage in hitting percentage as they captured the game 30-21. The second game proved even easier, as the Lady Cats scored 16 straight points at one time in route to a 30-7 win.

UNCG battled back in the third game, however, finally showing life and winning the game 30-24. It was the only game UNCG out killed the Lady Cats, recording a 17-11 advantage.

Western then quickly ended the match in the fourth game, returning to their form in the second game and breezing to a 30-13 win.

Senior Christy Attebury led the way in kills with 17 to go along with 13 digs, one of three Lady Cats to record a double-double. Senior Bri Milan-Williams paced the offense with 48 assists to go along with 13 digs and five service aces. Freshman Stephanie Peters added 10 kills and 10 digs with sophomore Pamela Stein who scored 15 kills.

Western defeated Furman Saturday afternoon at the Ramsey Center 3-0. The Lady Paladins (6-4, 2-3) were held to a hitting percentage of just .119 and managed only 39 kills against the stingy WCU defense.

The first game saw the teams draw even at 28 before Western was able to win the final two points and take the game 30-28. Taking control of the match, however, they coasted through the second game winning 30-18 and held on to the third game with a slim 30-27 win to take the match.

Attebery and Peters led all Lady Cats with 12 kills each. Attebery led the way for the defense, recording 18 digs while sophomore Shari harder had 10 digs. Milan-Williams added 43 assists, seven kills and eight digs.

Last Wednesday, WCU defeated UTC (2-4, 7-5) in a marathon five-game affair. Trailing 2-1 after three games, the Lady Catamounts rallied to win the fourth and fifth games and take the match.

Attebery and Stein took the match over for the Cats. Attebery had 20 kills and 25 digs while Stein recorded a triple-double with 18 kills ,22 digs and 10 block assists.

Western jumped out to an early lead, taking the first game 30-23. The Lady Mocs, last year’s second-place finisher in the conference, won the second game by that same score and captured the third 30-24.

The fourth game saw the Lady Cats fight back against elimination with a 30-24 win to force a fifth and final game. Western then quickly pulled away from UTC, finishing the match 15-4.

Komosinski and Peters also had double-digit assist totals with 17 and 10, respectively. Milan-Williams ended the match with 59 assists and 17 digs.

Western will return home tonight to take on Wofford at 7:00 in the Ramsey Center. They will then travel to Charleston this weekend to take on the College of Charleston on Saturday and The Citadel on Sunday.