Western Carolina’s volleyball team opened its season by losing two of three matches in the Georgia State Invitational.

The Lady Cats defeated Georgia State 27-25, 27-25, 21-25, 25-23 Friday. Merry Gebel put down 12 kills, and Sydney Carlson handed out 37 assists. Meagan Sanchez and Abigail Veit came up with 22 and 12 digs, respectively.

Fordham took a 25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 25-9 victory Saturday morning. Madison McNally led in kills with 14, followed by Gebel and Veit with 10 apiece. Veit also led in digs with 18. Caroline Perret had 18 assists and 15 digs. Noelle Soldo finished with 11 assists, and Haley Multerer had 10.

The event ended Saturday afternoon with Lamar winning 25-22, 25-18, 25-19. Perret had 23 assists, and Sanchez totaled 16 digs. Gebel put down eight kills.

Sanchez, a senior libero from Bristow, Virginia, was named Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week