October 18, 2012

Dogs Face SoCon North Division Foes Appalachian State, Western Carolina

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel volleyball team will trek to the Tar Heel state this weekend to face Southern Conference North Division foes Appalachian State and Western Carolina.

The Bulldogs (4-20, 0-8 SoCon) look to earn their seventh all-time victory in the series against Western Carolina when the two teams clash on Friday evening at 6 p.m. The Citadel will then complete the weekend series at Appalachian State on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

Last weekend, sparked by the play of Ise d'Angelo and Rachael Farrell, who finished with 11 kills each, and a record-tying performance by Erin Bucherl, The Citadel went to five sets with visiting Chattanooga before falling by scores of 25-20, 20-25, 25-21, 14-25 and 15-13.

The tandem of d'Angelo and Farrell reached double-digit kills for the Cadets, while Jessica Maxwell and Lauren Hurt recorded nine each. Defensively, Erin Bucherl tied the school mark with 41 digs, set during the 2008 season by Rachel Sanders. Farrell was also instrumental among back row hitters with 19 digs, while Emily Dalton added 13. Freshmen setters Mikaela Tracy and Rachel Keefer posted 34 and 10 assists, respectively, but the Dogs fell to 4-20 overall and 0-8 in SoCon play.

Chattanooga outside hitter Julimar Alvarado totaled 27 kills and led a unit that finished with 66 in the match. Alongside Alvarado, who posted the fourth-most kills by a Citadel opponent in program history, in double-digit kills was Sarah Batterton (11) and Briana Reid (10). The Mocs also got a lift on the defensive end from Paula Passmore (23 digs), Briana Reid (20 digs) and Bridget Camacho (19 digs). Camacho also handed out a match-high 58 assists.

Western Carolina (7-16 Overall/3-5 SoCon)
Match Date:
  Friday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m.

Led by Amanda Liguori and Rachel Woodlee, who had 14 kills apiece, the Wofford volleyball team rallied to beat Western Carolina 3-1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-19) in last Saturday's Southern Conference match at the Benjamin Johnson Arena.

Wendy Burnett added 13 kills and a .360 hitting percentage for the Wofford attack.  Arden Anderson tallied eight kills on 18 swings with no errors for .444 hitting percentage.  Burnett accounted for 17.5 point as she added six total blocks, five block assists and one solo block.  Anderson and Woodlee recorded four block assists, as well.  Bekah Dorsey had a match-high 45 asssits and picked up ten digs to earn her team leading seventh double-double of the season.  Regan Styles tied for a match-high with 22 digs.
 
Catamounts Sophomore Caitlin Piehota picked up her team-leading eighth double-double, finishing with 13 kills and 12 digs. Setter Tina Nazario had one of her best all-around matches of the season, finishing with 35 assists, eight digs and matched her career-high in blocks with four.

Appalachian State (5-17 Overall/1-7 SoCon)
Match Date:
  Saturday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Dalton Tolliver tallied a match-high 16 kills, but it was not enough as Appalachian State University volleyball suffered a 3-0 loss to Furman on Saturday, Oct. 13  at Alley Gymnasium.

The Mountaineers suffered their fifth-straight Southern Conference defeat as the Paladins won by scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-20.

Tolliver was the only Mountaineer to finish with double-digit kills as Appalachian was limited to an attack percentage of just .051 while the Paladins hit at a .189 clip. Lauren Brown had a team-best 16 assists while Courtney Rhein tallied 16 digs.

Furman's Natalie Braun recorded 11 kills and 16 digs for her 15th double-double of the season as the Furman volleyball team extended its winning streak to five matches.

Junior Elle Ross posted 13 digs in the win, and freshman Jo Wilks added 30 assists.  Senior Caroline Adams led the Paladins with a .375 attack percentage, while collecting eight kills and a team-high six blocks. Junior Amanda Komisarow added nine digs, and fellow junior Christina Dorismond contributed seven kills.

For more information on Bulldog volleyball, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics at www.citadelsports.com.

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