Lady Mocs Volleyball Falls In Conference Tournament Opener

Saturday, November 17, 2012
The Chattanooga Mocs (14-17, 8-8 SoCon) fell 3-1 to the College of Charleston (23-7, 14-2 SoCon) Saturday night at the Southern Conference Volleyball Tournament in Davidson, N.C., at Belk Arena to bring the 2012 season to a close.

The Mocs were unable to find a rhythm in the first set, falling 25-15 to the Cougars. Chattanooga posted just six kills, two coming from freshman Lauren Gainer (Boca Raton, Fla.). The College of Charleston, however, downed 17 kills and committed only seven errors to hit .250.

Finding holes in the UTC defense early, CofC's Kerstin Koehler and Sloane White recorded .667 hitting percentages in the set. The Mocs were able to dig just 15 of Charleston's 40 attacks.

After the 10-point loss in the first frame, Chattanooga came out hot in the second set. With freshman Catherine Chason (Alpharetta, Ga.) on the serve, UTC forced the Cougars to take an early timeout after building a 5-0 lead.

Charleston was able to pull the match within three and put pressure on Chattanooga throughout the rest of the set. The Cougars eventually tied the frame at 24, but a strong kill from freshman Sarah Batterton (Colbert, Wash.) and an attacking error gave the Mocs the two points they needed, 26-24, to tie the match 1-1 going to the intermission.

At the break, UTC had blocked five Cougar attacks, Gainer downing three and senior Christina Teter (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) with one solo block. Senior Paula Passmore (Merritt Island, Fla.) led the ground game with nine digs, and Batterton was the Mocs offensive leader with five kills.

Despite a tight back-and-forth matchup in the third set, the Mocs fell 25-20 after keeping the score neck-and-neck throughout most of the frame. Tied at 18, Charleston put up four big blocks to take a four-point advantage, the largest lead of the set. Before the four-point lead, the largest scoring margin was a three-point Mocs' lead.

Charleston put UTC away in the third set with a 10-3 run. The Chattanooga offense was held to a .061 hitting percentage, unable to avoid six Cougar blockers. Despite the tough defense, Batterton was able to down five kills in the losing stanza.

UTC dropped the fourth and final set of the match 25-14, falling 3-1 in the match. Chattanooga was unable to bounce back from a quick 5-1 lead taken by the Cougars to open up the final set.

The Mocs totaled nine team blocks, Gainer leading with six and Teter finishing with two. Batterton was Chattanooga's kills leader with 11, and Passmore led the defense with 23 digs. Junior Bridget Camacho (Cumming, Ga.) collected 37 assists.

The Chattanooga season comes to an end with the Mocs posting their best record since going 17-16 overall, 12-6 in the SoCon, in 2008 for a third place finish in the SoCon North.


Phillips, Woerner Win Signal Mountain Pie Run

Geno Phillips must enjoy running hilly courses on Signal Mountain. The 43-year-old middle school teacher and coach won the Signal Mountain Pie Run 10K on Saturday morning with a time of 35 minutes, four seconds as he ran about a minute faster than last year’s winning effort. Joseph Goetz was second in 35:29 while Patrick Hall was third in 35:55.   Peyton Miller and Ryan ... (click for more)

Lee Wins in Three Over West Alabama

The Lee volleyball team made it a perfect 6-0 home stand as they defeated the University of West Alabama, 3-0 (25-12, 25-21,25-21)   on Saturday afternoon at Walker Arena. On Friday   night the Lady Flames made quick work of Mississippi College with a straight-set victory. Lee has now won three matches without dropping a set this season.   The ... (click for more)

Additions And Improvements At Camp Jordan Arena Coming Soon

Additions and improvements are coming to Camp Jordan Arena in the near future. At the Thursday night meeting of the East Ridge city council, approval was given for buying new playground equipment. It will come from Gametime, a locally-based company. The VP of Marketing lives in East Ridge and made a proposal to set up the playground at Camp Jordan so his company could use it for ... (click for more)

Teenager Killed In ATV Accident Thursday Night

Damon Lee Jones, 15, was killed Thursday night in an ATV accident in Walker County. It was reported he was riding with a 17-year old, when they tried to enter a church parking lot, but ran into a cable barrier. The accident happened on Dunwoody Road in LaFayette. The other rider, identified as Timothy J. Wallin, was not injured.   (click for more)

Tom Dugan Was A Good Man

Tom was my boss for most of my 36 years at Carta.  At the ceremony where I was awarded my 30-year service award, Tom said, "Don disagrees with 85% of my decisions, but I wish I had 80 more employees just like him." This kind of indicates our relationship. When I asked him to help with my plans for a reunion for the group of Veterans that I served with in Vietnam, he quickly ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Veterinarian’s Horse Sense

I suspect you’ve heard by now that a doctor in New York City, who volunteers with “Doctors Without Borders,” just got back from the African nation of Guinea on October 17 – last Friday – and on Thursday tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus. Luckily, he came in actual contact with only a few people but he reportedly rode a subway, took a taxi, went on a three-mile run and ... (click for more)