Western Carolina women’s soccer freshman Sayres McKenna, a former Hoggard High standout, earned a spot on the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team as voted on by the league’s 10 coaches.
McKenna led the team and tied for fourth in the league with seven assists. She added two goals and ranked third on the team with 11 points.
Western Carolina ended the season with an 8-8-3 record and tied for fifth in the Southern Conference. The Catamounts earned a No. 6 seed in the Southern Conference Championships and fell to No. 3 seed UNCG 3-1 in the quarterfinals.
The Catamounts ended the regular season by upending SoCon regular season champions Samford, handing the Bulldogs their only loss on the conference schedule. WCU also scored the only goal on Samford in a conference game, defeating them 1-0 on Oct. 26.
Across the Western Carolina campus, which is one hour’s drive southwest of Asheville, Alyssa Zupan (Hoggard) is having a strong rookie season for the Catamounts volleyball team (10-19, 4-9). She’s second on the team in kills (211) and sets played (106). Zupan is one of 10 underclassmen for Western Carolina, joining 11 of 14 players expected to rejoin the program next season.
In Boone, sophomore Cassidy Stephenson is part of an Appalachian State volleyball team (19-4, 11-0) currently on a 15 game winning streak and poised to play for a conference championship this weekend against Arkansas State in a battle of Sun Belt Conference unbeaten teams. Stephenson played in just three matches in her first season, but is fourth on the team in kills (84) and third in blocks (38) this year.