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Jo-Leigh VerVelde

Jo-Leigh  VerVelde


Oostburg, Wis.

High School:
Oostburg HS




Volleyball Earns Three Spots on NCCSIA All-State Teams

Seniors Jo-Leigh VerVelde and Katie O'Connor along with freshman Gabby Gray earned all-state honors


WCU Volleyball Falls in SoCon Quarterfinals

Five seniors conclude their Catamount careers


Catamounts Close Out Regular Season with Sweep

WCU downed The Citadel on the road 3-0 Friday night


Catamounts Nearly Upset Spartans on the Road

O'Connor once again leads the way with 18 kills and four blocks


Catamounts Drop Hard Fought Senior Day Match

Senior Katie O'Connor led with a career-high 21 kills while compiling a .677 attack percentage


Western Carolina versus ETSU

Western Carolina versus ETSU Southern Conference Championship Quarterfinals


Western Carolina Volleyball Senior Night

Western Carolina Volleyball Senior Night


WCU versus UNC Asheville

WCU versus UNC Asheville


Western Carolina versus Charleston Southern

Western Carolina versus Charleston Southern


WCU volleyball versus UNCG

WCU volleyball versus UNCG

2017 (Senior): Appeared in and started 26 matches for the Catamounts while missing four due to injury … Finished career ranked in the top-10 of nine different career categories in the WCU record book … Named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) All-State First Team …. Ranks first in the WCU record book for service attempts (1721), fifth in serve percentage (.953), seventh in assist percentage (.343), tied for seventh in digs (1297), eighth in assists (2923) and assists per set (6.70), ninth in service aces (118) and block assists (223) and 10th in digs per set (2.97) … Had double-digit assists in every match except one in which she appeared … Dished out a career-high 51 assists at Chattanooga (9/22) after tying her career best mark the match before with 49 against ETSU (9/19) … Reset her career-best mark later in the season versus ETSU (10/22) with 53 helpers … Posted 30 service aces over the season with four coming versus New Orleans (9/15) … Had 15 double-digit dig matches which all converted into double-doubles … Dug up a career-best 25 balls at UNCG (11/8) late in the season … Had three 20-plus dig performances during the year … Had 52 blocks with a season-high seven coming at Wofford (10/7) …. Named to the 2017 Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference team.

2016 (Junior): Appeared in and started 25 matches for the Catamounts ... Missed five matches due to injury and played through injuries in several matches ... Earned Second Team All-State honors from the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) ... Named to the USF Classic All-Tournament Team ... Led the Catamounts in assists (860) and ranked second in the Southern Conference in assists per set (9.25) ... Had seven matches with 40 or more assists ... Turned in a career-high 49 assists in the second match of the season against Charleston Southern (08/27) ... Along with the career-high in assists, also set a career-high in digs (22) and blocks (6) against the Buccaneers ... Had 14 matches with double-digit digs which all led to double-double performances ... Tied a career-high with five kills against Florida Atlantic (09/03), The Citadel (09/25) and Samford (10/01) ... Had at least one kill in all but one match in which she appeared ... Had 25 service aces on the year including a career-high four at Chattanooga (10/08) ... Had 14 matches with three or more blocks including setting and tying a career-high with six against Charleston Southern (08/27) and Mercer (10/14) ... Named to the 2016 Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference team ... Appeared on the 2016-17 Southern Conference Honor Roll.

2015 (Sophomore): Appeared in and started 33 matches for the Catamounts ... Led the NCAA with 10 triple-doubles during the season ... Led the Catamounts in kills, 268, and service aces, 35, and finished second in assists, 554, and digs, 392 ... Went over the double-digit kills mark 14 times throughout the season including a career-high 17 in the season opener against Georgia State (08/28) ... Led or shared the team lead in kills 14 times throughout the season ... Had double-figure assists in all but five matches on the year including tying her career-high with 30 against Wofford (09/25) ... Led or shared the team lead in assists 20 times ... Had two or more service aces nine times and had a streak of 10 matches with at least one service ace to close out the year ... Achieved a career-high four service aces twice against Penn (09/06) and The Citadel (10/30) ... Led or shared the team lead in service aces 15 times ... Went over the double-digit mark in digs 23 times including a season-high mark of 21 against Idaho (09/18) ... Led or shared the team lead in digs five times ... Had three or more blocks 16 times throughout the year including a career-high eight against Chattanooga (11/14) in the regular season finale ... Led or shared the team lead in blocks six times ... Had triple-doubles against UNCG Asheville (09/01), George Mason (09/05), Penn (09/06), East Carolina (09/12), Idaho (09/18), Wofford (09/25), Mercer (10/09), The Citadel (10/30), Mercer (11/07) and Chattanooga (11/14) ... Named to the 2015 Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference team.

2014 (Freshman): Appeared in all 32 matches for the Catamounts while starting 29 ... Played in all 122 sets ... Named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team ... Named Western Carolina Athletics Female Rookie of the Year at the annual A-Cat-Emy Awards ... Selected as the Southern Conference Freshman of the Week on Nov. 3 and Nov. 10 ... Named to the Deacon Classic All-Tournament Team ... Became the first Catamount in modern history to record a triple-double with 10 kills, 30 assists and 15 digs against Chattanooga (10/31) ... Ranked fourth on the team in kills per set (1.25) while leading the squad in assists per set (5.32) ... Also ranked third in digs per set (2.87) ... Recorded 19 double-doubles ... Led or shared the team lead in assists 24 times during the season ... Dished out a career-high 30 assists against Chattanooga (10/31), ETSU (11/04) and Samford (11/07) in back-to-back-to-back matches ... Had 20 or more digs in four matches while reaching double-figures 19 times ... Dug up a season-high 24 balls against Furman (10/15) ... Reached double-figure kills twice with 10 against Furman (09/27) and Chattanooga (10/31) ... Had 28 service aces to rank third on the team while picking up a season-high three against High Point (09/07) and UNCG (10/21).

Prior to Western Carolina: Two-time WIAA Division 3 State Champion at Oostburg High ... Two-time State Tournament All-Tournament Team member ... Two-time MaxPreps Small School All-American ... Two-time Prep Volleyball High School All-American ... 2013 MaxPrep Preseason All-American ... 2013 Prep Volleyball High School Preseason All-American ... Two-time WVCA First Team All-State selection, and WVCA Second Team All-State following her sophomore season ... Four-time First Team All-Central Lakeshore Conference ... Four-time Sheboygan Press All-Area team member, including three-time Sheboygan Press Player of the Year ... Served as team captain for three years ... Represented her home state of Wisconsin and served as the starting setter that helped lead the Badger Region Girls Select team to a High Performance Championship in 2010 ... Finished her volleyball career with 1,526 kills, 3,528 assists, 1,291 digs, and 780 aces ... In basketball, she was contributing member of the WIAA Division 3 State Runner-Up during the 2011-12 season.

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