Muench Connects for 16 Kills in Sweep Over Western Carolina
CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Spartan volleyball defeated the Western Carolina Catamounts 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-18) on Friday evening at the Ramsey Center on Western Carolina’s campus. With the win, UNCG improves to 13-10 overall, and 7-3 in the Southern Conference. WCU falls to 8-16, and 3-8 in SoCon play. The Spartans have now won seven of their last eight matches, including five-straight.
Junior Ashley Muench (Hurdle Mills, N.C./Orange) led all competitors with 16 kills, hitting at a .375 average in the match. Alexis Mourier (Elkview, W.Va./George Washington) added nine kills, with Jasmine Jones (Stafford, Va./Brook Point) adding eight.
The first set was close, with each team earning 20 points before the Spartans scored back-to-back points forcing the Catamounts to call their first timeout. UNCG scored three of the final five points to take the first set. Mourier added a pair of kills, and a Western Carolina attack error gave the Spartans the win.
The second set started 8-8, when the Spartans used a 5-1 run to take its largest lead of the evening at that point, 14-10. A pair of kills from Anna Romaniszyn (Port Orange, Fla./Spruce Creek), along with a block and a kill from Jones contributed to the run. The Catamounts pulled within one at 15-14, before a quick 3-1 UNCG run forced WCU to call a timeout. Western Carolina was able to cut the Spartan lead down to one on three occasions down the stretch before the Spartans put the set away on a Muench kill.
UNCG trailed 10-9 in the final set, before going on a 4-0 run to take a 13-10 lead, forcing Western Carolina to call its first timeout. The timeout didn’t slow the Spartans too much, as they continued their run to go up 17-11. In total, the Spartans used an 8-1 run to take the six-point lead. Down the stretch, UNCG led by as many as eight points and the closest the Catamounts could come was within six, at 21-15.
UNCG returns to action tomorrow night at 5:00 against SoCon-leading ETSU at home in Fleming Gymnasium.