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.

Randy Smith: Mocs Hoops Looking For Huge Season

In the midst of what is an exciting college football season, I thought we might talk some college hoops as the Chattanooga Mocs are gearing up for what could be an amazing 2016-2017 season. Coach Matt McCall returns practically every starter from last year's squad that won the SoCon regular season and tournament titles as well as a school record 29 wins. The Mocs scored wins at ... (click for more)

3rd Annual McCallie Basketball School Starts Sunday

3rd Annual McCallie Basketball School starts this Sunday, October 30th, from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30. The instructional school runs for seven Sundays focusing on the basic fundamentals of the game - shooting, passing, dribbling, defense and learning how to REALLY play the game.  Cost is $175 for the 7 sessions and that includes instruction, basketball and a t shirt. ... (click for more)

2 Shot On Shepherd Road Tuesday Evening

Two people were shot Tuesday evening on Shepherd Road. Chattanooga Police were dispatched just before  6:30 p.m.   Tuesday,  to a parties shot call in the 1900 block of Shepherd Road.   Upon arrival, police were told two injured parties were transported to a local hospital via personal vehicle.  Both victims told investigators they were walking ... (click for more)

In Surprise Vote, Chattanooga City Council Turns Down Short Term Vacation Rentals

In a surprise vote, the City Council on Tuesday night turned down allowing a process to legalize short term vacation rentals in Chattanooga. Only Chip Henderson and Jerry Mitchell voted in favor. Opposed were Carol Berz, Yusuf Hakeem, Larry Grohn, Moses Freeman, Ken Smith and Russell Gilbert. Chris Anderson was absent. Afterward, Councilman Smith said, in light of the vote, ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saving A Life & More

About 40 years ago I was at an afternoon football practice when one of those who was also watching from the fence was bitten by a bumble bee or yellow jacket or whatever it was and almost died from anaphylactic shock. Luckily an athletic trainer had an EpiPen, jammed it into the man’s thigh and it is believed to have saved the victim’s life. For years I kept an EpiPen on the top ... (click for more)