Lady Mocs Volleyball Hosts Samford Wednesday

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team wraps up its three-match home stand Wednesday night at 7 p.m. as UTC entertains Samford at Maclellan Gym and renews the Southern Rail Rivalry.

Head Coach Travis Filar’s Mocs are looking for their first home wins of the season when the Bulldogs visit for their midweek battle.

“I think our offense made strides in the right direction Saturday,” Filar said. “Right now we are our biggest opponent. We have to cut down on errors and take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves to us.”

Freshman Allie Davenport (Lincoln, Neb.) continues to lead the Mocs with 174 kills on the season, accounting for 223.5 of Chattanooga’s total points. Fellow outside hitter Briana Reid (Houston, Texas) provides power from the opposite end of the net with 139 kills and has shared the defensive load with 190 digs thus far. Sophomore Julimar Alvarado (San Juan, Puerto Rico) continues to show improvement with 228 kills on the season along with 38 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 237 and 230 digs, respectively. Standing tall at the net is freshman Kendall Sexton (Orlando, Fla.) as she leads the Mocs with 53 total blocks. Forty-one  of the freshman’s blocks have been assisted while 12 have been credited as solo.

On the other side of the net, Samford is led by junior Michaela Reesor. The outside hitter leads the Bulldogs with 251 kills while senior middle blocker Katie Murphy follows up with 189. Reesor is averaging 3.80 kills per set while Murphy is averaging 2.86 kills per set. Murphy has displayed outstanding ball control, committing just 37 errors through 367 attacks for a .414 hitting percentage.

The Bulldog defense is guided by libero Chelsi Carter. The junior totals 282 digs on the season while averaging 4.27 digs per set. Samford’s blocking game is steered by Murphy, as well, as the middle blocker leads the team with 65.0 blocks.

Samford has claimed wins over Wofford, Appalachian State and UAB this season while falling 3-1 to Furman and 3-2 to Western Carolina Saturday.

Wednesday night’s match renews the Southern Rail Rivalry for the first time in 2013. UTC has claimed the rivalry trophy three years in a row. The match is available via live stats and live video. Live stats are free to view on the GoMocs.com volleyball schedule page while video through Mocs Vision is subscription based. 


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