The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team opens a three-match home stand Friday evening as UTC hosts Appalachian State at 6 p.m. and Western Carolina Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Appalachian State enters the weekend 9-7 overall with two losses in the Southern Conference while Western Carolina is 12-4 with two conference wins.
Chattanooga goes into the weekend 1-1 in the SoCon, coming off a split of Furman and Wofford. The Paladins topped the Mocs 3-1 but UTC battled back against Wofford to claim a 3-2 victory over the Terriers.
“We battled against Wofford and had some great chances against Furman,” Filar said of UTC’s weekend split. “We saw a lot of good things in the Furman match and we played tough against Wofford. Getting a split on a tough road series is big for us as we begin the SoCon slate.”
Freshman Allie Davenport (Lincoln, Neb.) continues to lead the Mocs with 161 kills on the season, accounting for 206.0 of Chattanooga’s total points. Fellow outside hitter Briana Reid (Houston, Texas) provides power from the opposite end of the net with 126 kills and has shared the defensive load with 190 digs thus far. Sophomore Julimar Alvarado (San Juan, Puerto Rico) continues to show improvement with 111 kills on the season along with 20 coming over the weekend.
The UTC defense is headed up by junior Melissa Green (Boca Raton, Fla.) and sophomore Catherine Chason (Alpharetta, Ga.). The defensive specialists have collected 200 and 2014 digs, respectively. Standing tall at the net is freshman Kendall Sexton (Orlando, Fla.) as she leads the Mocs with 48 total blocks. Thirty-seven of the freshman’s blocks have been assisted while 11 have been credited as solo.
On the other side of the net, Appalachian State is coming off back-to-back losses to Western Carolina and Davidson. The Catamounts and Wildcats both defeated the Mountaineers 3-1 last weekend.
Appalachian State is out-killings its opponents 746-708 and has made 60 fewer errors that its opponents. Emily Corrigan leads the team with 213 kills on the season and is averaging 3.61 kills per set. The sophomore has also contributed 167 digs and 21 blocks from the outside hitter’s position.
Megan Mahoney is the Mountaineers’ defensive leader with a team-best 273 digs through 59 sets. The libero was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week as the sophomore recorded 20 digs against WCU and a weekend-best 36 against Davidson. Mahoney currently ranks second in the conference in digs.
Saturday’s opponent, Western Carolina, comes into the weekend riding a four-match winning streak. Before coming to Chattanooga, the Catamounts make a stop in Birmingham, Ala., Friday afternoon for a matchup with the Samford Bulldogs.
WCU - despite its stellar record - has been out-killed 744-724 by opponents. Low error numbers and high blocking numbers against opposing attacks has led to the Catamounts success this season. Western’s 139.5 team blocks is led by Addy George. The middle blocker totals 81 blocks – 16 of which are solo blocks. Fellow middle blocker Nicole Ford follows up with 45 blocks.
The Western Carolina offense is led by Jordan Timmerman. The outside hitter totals 182 kills and is averaging 3.19 kills per set. The sophomore has also assisted with 19 attacks and 131 digs on the season.
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