Seniors Jo-Leigh VerVelde and Katie O'Connor along with freshman Gabby Gray earned all-state honors
Five seniors conclude their Catamount careers
WCU downed The Citadel on the road 3-0 Friday night
O'Connor once again leads the way with 18 kills and four blocks
Senior Katie O'Connor led with a career-high 21 kills while compiling a .677 attack percentage
Prior to Western Carolina: Prepped at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn. ... Compiled a 172-27 record and won four-straight region championships ... Team finished second in the state during freshman and senior campaigns, third as a junior and won the State Championship as a sophomore ... Left the program as the all-time career leader in kills with 2,369 ... Was an All-Region and All-State selection all four years ... Named the Gatorade Player of the Year as a sophomore after leading her team to the state title ... Named the Most Valuable Player at the State Tournament ... Was the 2014 MaxPreps Sophomore National Player of the Year ... A USA Today All-American her sophomore season ... A Best of Preps Second Team selection as a freshman and the Best of Preps Player of the Year as a sophomore ... As a freshman, was named the 2013 Prep Volleyball Freshman National Player of the Year ... As a senior, was on the 2016 Prep Volleyball Senior Aces 150 ... An Honorable Mention All-American by Under Armour as a senior ... 2016 PreVolleyball.com High School All-American ... Played club volleyball with fellow WCU volleyball student-athlete MaKenzie White at A5 Volleyball Club out of Alpharetta, Ga. ... Team finished fifth at the USA Volleyball Open and the AAU Open in 2016 ... Was second at the Big South Qualifier ... Named a 2015 AAU All-American at AAU Nationals with her club team.