Volleyball Falls At Western Carolina Despite Morgan’s Career High

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – The Samford University volleyball team dropped a closely contested four-set match to Western Carolina on the road Saturday evening.

BOX SCORE (PDF)

HOW IT HAPPENED:  
 
The early going of Saturday’s match was back-and-forth, but just as Western Carolina looked to be finding their footing, Samford went on a 10-3 run to lead 13-8. The Bulldogs continued to hover at a five-point margin through the majority of the first set as Kenya McQuirter and Lauren Deaton dominated at the net notching seven and five kills respectively. Despite two Catamount timeouts, the Bulldogs secured the first set 25-16.
 
Western Carolina jumped out to an early lead in the second set opening the frame on a 4-0 run. The Bulldogs fought back in the set eventually pulling within one point following a rejection from Briana Holmes and McQuirter (8-9). However, Western Carolina exploded with a massive eight-point run to close out the second set 25-16.
 
Samford looked to get back on track in the third frame as the Bulldogs quickly took an 9-5 lead on a four-point run with two kills from Sarah Hayes Farley and a point from Lauren Deaton. The Catamounts responded with a run of their own tying the match at 10-10 as both teams settled in for a back-and-forth affair. Samford’s efforts to stifle the Catamount run fell just short as WCU won set three 25-22.
 
Both teams were looking to keep possession in the early part of the fourth set, but neither side was able to pull away as the set remained tied into double-digits, 10-10. However, WCU put together a mini run taking a 15-12 lead into the media timeout. Despite a late Bulldog run, Western Carolina wrapped up the match in four sets taking the fourth frame 25-20.

FROM THE BOX SCORE

  • McQuirter continues to lead the way for Samford offensively tallying 19 kills in the match, while Lauren Deaton had 14 kills and three assists on the night.
  • Kate Morgan posted a new career high in digs with 27, while Deaton added a season high 18 digs.
  • Farley and Aly Durban again split the reps at setter with Farley posting 20 and Durban tallying 24 assists on the evening.
  • For Western Carolina, Merry Gebel led the way with 16 kills, while Sydney Carlson posted 19 assists. The Catamounts also had a balanced back row, with four players recording double-digit digs.

UP NEXT

  • The Bulldogs will continue their SoCon road swing in Tennessee taking on East Tennessee State next Thursday, Oct. 7 at 5 PM CT and facing Chattanooga Friday, Oct. 8 with first serve set for 5 PM CT.

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