CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina used double-digit kills from freshman Abigail Veit and a .264 hitting percentage to down Furman, 3-0 (11-25, 23-25, 23-25) on Saturday afternoon inside the Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, N.C. The loss drops the Paladins to 9-15 on the year and 5-7 in SoCon play, while the win moves the Catamounts to 9-16 and 4-8 in SoCon play.
After Western Carolina took the first set 25-11, the teams traded points early in the second until Furman used a 5-0 run to take a 12-9 lead and force a Western Carolina timeout. The teams again traded points until Furman opened up a 21-19 lead. The Paladins couldn't hang on, however, as the Catamounts used a 6-2 run to close out the set and win it 25-23, for a 2-0 match lead.
Western Carolina opened up a 10-7 lead in the third set, but Furman rallied to tie the set at 12, forcing a Catamount timeout. The Catamounts then pushed the lead back to three at 16-13, but the Paladins cut the lead to one at 20-19. The teams then traded points until the Catamounts grabbed a two-point lead at 23-21, forcing a Furman timeout. Out of the timeout, the Paladins cut the lead to one at 23-22, then again at 24-23, but Western Carolina used their 12th block of the match to take the third set, 25-23, and the match, 3-0.
Furman is back in action next weekend, returning to Alley Gym to host Mercer and Samford in the final two home matches of the season.