Western Carolina’s volleyball team opened  Southern Conference play by winning a pair of road matches.

The Lady Cats (8-7, 2-0) swept UNC-Greensboro 25-14, 25-20, 25-23 Friday. Merry Gebel had a double-double with 14 kills and 11 digs. Hannah Price handed out 26 assists. Meagan Sanchez came up with 14 digs, and Abigail Veit had 12.

WCU outlasted Furman 19-25, 25-16, 25-16, 26-28, 15-12 Saturday. Gebel and Veit both put down 24 kills. Price totaled 51 assists and 14 digs. Sanchez led in digs with 30. Gebel recorded 14, and Veit and Caroline Perret came up with 13 apiece.

Sanchez was named conference defensive player of the week.