After playing its first four Southern Conference matches away from the friendly confines of the Ramsey Center, the Western Carolina volleyball team returns home this weekend to face The Citadel on Friday and Wofford on Saturday in a pair of 6 p.m. contests. Both matches will be streamed on ESPN+ (paid subscription required) along with live stats.
WCU (10-7, 4-0) has won eight straight matches, its longest winning streak since winning eight straight during the 2000, 2001 and 2002 seasons.
Senior libero Meagan Sanchez was named SoCon Defensive Player of the Week for the second straight week and fourth time this season on Monday. She is the first Catamount to receive four SoCon Player of the Week awards in the same season since the league began its weekly award during the 1985 season, and the first player to win four weekly awards in the same season since Samford’s Erin Bognar accomplished the feat in 2016. Sanchez is also just the 10th player in league history to win five weekly awards in her career.
WCU leads the SoCon in kills per set with 12.97, digs with 1,181 and digs per set at 17.89 which is 8th in the NCAA. Sanchez paces the league with 364 digs and 5.52 per set, a mark that ranks her 11th nationally.
The Citadel is 4-11 overall and 0-4 in league play after a 3-1 loss at Furman on Saturday. Friday’s match is the 39th all-time meeting with the Catamounts holding a 30-8 edge. The Bulldogs and Catamounts split the season series in 2018 with both teams winning on their home court. The Citadel eliminated WCU in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament with a 3-1 win to take the seasonal rubber match.
Saturday’s opponent, Wofford, enters the weekend with a 10-8 overall record and 3-1 conference mark. Riley Coonan leads the SoCon in hitting percentage at .371 and blocks with 62. The Terriers lead the conference with 118 service aces and are 20th nationally at 1.77 aces per set. WCU leads the all-time series 25-15 as both teams claimed 3-1 wins on their home court in 2018.
WCU wraps up a three-match homestand against ETSU on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The match will be streamed on ESPN+ and will also have live stats.