The Western Carolina volleyball squad beat Chattanooga and Georgia Southern in the Ramsey Center over the weekend.
The two wins move WCU (18-8, 13-3) into second place in the Southern Conference, a single game behind frontrunner College of Charleston.
Sunday, the Lady Cats defeated Chattanooga 3-0 (14-11, 6-9) in the Ramsey Center. The victory improved WCU to a perfect 12-0 on the year in Cullowhee.
The first game saw Western hold UTC to a .056 hitting percentage and doubled their kills 20-10 in a comfortable 30-21 win. The Lady Catamounts fell behind 12-6 in the second game before evening the score at 17 and eventually winning 30-23.
The final game once again began with the Lady Mocs taking an early lead. This time, however, WCU regained the lead at 8-7 and held it the rest of the way for a 30-26 win.
Sophomore Sara Komosinki, named Southern Conference player of the week, led the way on offense with 17 kills with a game-high .469 hitting percentage and added 16 digs.
Senior Christy Attebery led the defensive effort with 23 digs and chipped in 13 kills. Meanwhile, senior Bri Milan-Williams also had a double-double with 47 assists and 11 digs.
As a team, the Lady Cats fired 54 kills to 42 by UTC and outhit the Lady Mocs .217 to .110.
Friday night, Western defeated then second-place Georgia Southern in the Ramsey Center 3-1. The Lady Eagles (16-9, 12-4) have since lost another match to fall to fourth in the Southern Conference.
The Lady Catamounts jumped out to an impressive start by winning the first game 30-13. The squad committed just one hitting error to seven by GSU and outhit them .378 to .073.
Western won the second game by a mark of 30-22 before falling in the third 26-30. The Lady Cats put the match away in the fourth game by battling to a narrow 30-28.
Attebury tied game-highs on both sides on the net with 21 kills and 17 digs. She also added two service aces and five block assists. Komosinki and Milan-Williams also had double-doubles for Western, the former with 12 kills and 11 digs and the latter with 47 assists and 15 digs.
With the two weekend wins, the Lady Cats have won five straight conference matches and six straight overall. They will travel to Greenville tonight to take on Furman (13-9, 9-7).