Western Carolina’s volleyball team lost its first two Southern Conference contests of the season during the past week.

The Lady Cats (12-9, 6-2) fell to East Tennessee and Samford. They are now third in the league . ETSU is in sole possession of first place after a victory over Samford.

ETSU led almost the entire match in a 25-20, 25-18, 25-18 victory Oct. 16 at the Ramsey Center. Merry Gebel topped WCU in kills with nine. Hannah Price handed out 25 assists, and Abigail Veit came up with 11 digs.

Saturday’s match at Samford went the distance as the Lady Bulldogs pulled out a 25-14, 11-25, 25-21, 17-25, 19-17 win. Five players reached double figures in kills. Gebel led the way with 17, followed by Veit with 14, MaKenzie White and Haley Multerer with 11 apiece and Aleah Keaton with 10. Price finished with 50 assists and 16 digs. Meagan Sanchez led in digs with 22. Caroline Perrett added 15 digs, and Gebel had 14.