Volleyball team drops two in a row

After winning two of their four games in the Catamount Clash, the Western Carolina women’s volleyball team couldn’t continue the momentum and dropped two SoCon matches in a row. The Cats lost at Chattanooga 3-0 on September 18 and then returned home and dropped a match to App State 3-0 on September 21. The match against Chattanooga was Western’s first conference road game of the year and the Cats really didn’t show up. The Mocs demolished WCU by scores of 30-15, 30-20, and 30-13. Western had nothing going their way as the Cats finished with 24 errors, only 25 kills, no aces, and a microscopic .007 attack percentage. Sophomores Katie Hennessey and Liz Rondone were the only Catamounts to play decently. Hennessey had a double-double with 15 assists and 10 digs, while Rondone had 15 digs. Things didn’t get much better once the Cats got back home as Appalachian State beat Western 30-25, 30-20, and 30-25. WCU didn’t lead at all in game one and trailed by as much as 11 points before coming back to lose by 5. Game two was better, and worse, as the Cats got their first lead of the match at 8-7 and stretched it to two points before ASU came back and outscored the Cats 23-11 over the rest of the match to win by 10. Western led by as many as three points early in game three, but the Mountaineers once again came roaring back and led by as many as eight before winning by five points. Hennessey and Rondone led the way again in this match; Hennessey had 25 assists and Rondone had 26 digs. The Cats once again had an insignificant team attack percentage of .046. The two losses dropped Western to 5-12 overall and 1-2 in the SoCon.