Mocs Volleyball Falls To Appalachian State 3-1

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team fell to 2-16 and 1-2 in the Southern Conference Friday night with a 3-1 loss to Appalachian State at Maclellan Gym. The victory for the Mountaineers ties their SoCon record with the Mocs for seventh in the standings. App. State is now 10-7 overall with the win.

The match began with Chattanooga claiming the upper-hand. A tight first set with seven tied scores and five lead changes took the team to extra points to finish the leadoff frame. While Appalachian State dominated on offense with 18 kills – a match high for both teams – Chattanooga’s nine kills were able to outlast the Mountaineers’ barrage 27-25.

“It was a set we shouldn’t have won,” Head Coach Travis Filar said. “Appalachian State played great in the first set, but we were able to hang on and get the win. Our girls showed a lot of fight and resiliency. We came out with a lot of energy and earned that one.”

Leading 1-0 in the match, Chattanooga suffered a close 25-20 second-set loss in the following round. The set was tied a match-high 10 times and saw the lead change five times for the second frame in a row. The Mocs .093 hitting percentage led to the UTC downfall as the Mountaineers recorded 14 kills en route to tying the match 1-1 going into the locker room.

After the intermission, Appalachian State put up back-to-back set-wins to take the match 3-1. A 25-11 final in the third and a 25-15 victory in the fourth put the Mocs away as Chattanooga ran out of steam down the stretch.

Freshman Allie Davenport (Tyrone, Ga.) led the Mocs with seven kills and fellow freshman Kendall Sexton (Orlando, Fla.) followed up with six. Sexton was also tied for the team-lead in blocks with four along with sophomore Lauren Gainer (Boca Raton, Fla.). Both middle blockers totaled three assisted and one solo block.

Sophomore outside hitter Briana Reid (Houston, Texas) led the Chattanooga defense with 21 digs and junior libero Melissa Green (Boca Raton, Fla.) finished second with 20. Sophomore defensive specialist Catherine Chason (Alpharetta, Ga.) was Chattanooga’s assists leader with 12.

The Mocs are back in action Saturday afternoon as UTC hosts Western Carolina at 3 p.m.

East Ridge Soccer Wins 2-1 Over McMinn County

East Ridge held on to beat McMinn County Friday night in the Ooltewah soccer tournament.   East Ridge led 2-1 at the half.  Rijad Kazic had two goals for East Ridge.  Adam Adem and Lus Padilla had one goal each.  Bryan Alonza had two assists and Erik Lopez had one.   Darian Smith had four saves in the goal for East Ridge who improve to 6-0-1 ... (click for more)

Covenant Baseball Wind 6-3 Over Piedmont

The Covenant men's tennis team continued its roll through the USA South with a 6-3 victory over visiting Piedmont on Friday evening at the Covenant Tennis Complex. The win kept Covenant (10-2, 5-0 USA South) undefeated in conference play and atop the USA South West Division standings. The Scots are two matches up in the loss column from both LaGrange and Piedmont (7-5, 5-2 ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Council Debating Future Of Mountain Center; Vice Mayor Gee Goes Off Council After Marrying And Moving Out Of Town Limits

A discussion regarding the Mountain Arts Community Center lease and memorandum of agreement with a non- profit organization that has been formed with a proposed to manage it took place at the Signal Mountain town council meeting Friday afternoon. City Manager Boyd Veal had created a document for the purpose of starting a discussion and to identify how the council would like to move ... (click for more)

Students OK After Bag Containing Meth Found At Nolan Elementary

Officials say students at Nolan Elementary School on Signal Mountain are okay after discovering a bag that contained meth. The incident happened on Friday afternoon during a reading fair.  Principal Dr. Shane Harwood sent this message to parents: "Good Afternoon Nolan Families - We wanted to share some information related to an event that has taken ... (click for more)

Tax All County Property Owners Once For School Safety

Our School Board, Sheriff Hammond, school administrators and the community are thoughtfully considering how to maintain safety in classrooms. Currently, discussions indicate more funding will be needed to ensure school safety. If schools are not safe and more money will change that, by all means let’s move to fix the problem.   There are many caring and knowledgeable ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

I don’t make much of a secret that I hated every single second of the short time I spent in college or that I never took a journalism class. Instead what I know about writing was taught by a far greater collection of experts than you can find on any college campus. Andy Rooney, for example, was a genius with a dry humor who lectured to me almost every Sunday night for about 30 years. ... (click for more)