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Volleyball Hosts Wofford, The Citadel This Weekend


Following a four-match road swing, the Western Carolina volleyball team returns to Ingles Court at the Ramsey Center this weekend for a pair of matches, hosting Wofford on Friday and The Citadel on Saturday. The first serve for both contests is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Admission to all volleyball matches is free of charge with the entrance to the Ramsey Center located on the ground level near the truck tunnel which is adorned by the WCU logo. Both matches will be streamed on ESPN+ (paid subscription required) with free live stats available on CatamountSports.com.

Friday night is “Stranger Things Night” featuring 80s music, special videos featuring WCU volleyball student-athlete’s Vecna songs, and special concession offerings including two Eggo waffles with syrup for $3 and a Hawaiian Pizza for $10. Saturday’s match is Halloween Night featuring a costume contest, Halloween-themed music, Trick or Treat at the marketing table, and special concession offerings including $3 caramel apples and $2 candy corn shaped Rice Krispie Treats.

WCU is 14-8 overall and 6-3 in Southern Conference play after splitting a pair of matches on the road last weekend. The Catamounts kicked off the weekend with a sweep of Mercer on Friday before a 3-1 loss to Samford on Saturday. In Friday’s match, WCU recorded a season-best 10 service aces with sophomore Sarah Janourova responsible for four aces. Fifth-year seniors Merry Gebel and Sydney Carlson both recorded double-doubles in Saturday’s contest.

Wofford is 13-10 overall and 5-6 in league matches after a 3-2 road win over Furman on Wednesday. In the win over the Paladins, Kennedy Smith had a team-best 16 kills along with 15 digs. Last weekend the Terriers dropped a pair of matches at home, falling 3-2 to Chattanooga on Friday and 3-1 to ETSU on Saturday. In the first meeting between the schools on Oct. 1 in Spartanburg, the Terriers claimed a 3-0 victory.

The Citadel enters this weekend with a 10-12 seasonal record and a 3-6 league mark after a home sweep of Furman on Oct. 19 that ended a three-match losing streak. The Bulldogs are led by sophomore Ali Ruffin, who leads the SoCon in kills with 3.93 per set and ranks seventh in digs with 3.54 per set. Kenzie Kellerman is ninth with 3.40 digs per set. The Citadel leads the conference in digs per set with 16.32.

Next weekend the Catamounts close out the road portion of the regular season, heading to ETSU on Friday and Chattanooga on Saturday.

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