UTC Volleyball Falls To Wofford

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Wofford Terriers got the best of the UTC volleyball team 3-0 Friday night at Maclellan Gym as the Mocs near the end of the 2013 season. Despite a strong showing by the Mocs, Wofford proved to be too much offensively for UTC.

“I was really proud and happy with how our student-athletes came out and played at a very high level,” Head Coach Travis Filar said.

“The problem with tonight was that Wofford was playing with that same intensity, and they are playing for a berth in the tournament. They won a lot of long rallies tonight.”

With its closest set of the night, Chattanooga was within two points of the Terriers before Wofford took a 25-23 win to begin the night. The Mocs recorded a night-best 13 kills in the first set and forced three lead changes against Wofford.

Sophomore Sarah Batterton (Colbert, Wash.) led the Mocs with nine kills on the night, claiming five in the first set alone. Freshman Allie Davenport (Tyrone, Ga.) followed with three in the set and would end the night with seven.

Wofford claimed its largest victory of the night leading 1-0 with a 25-17 mark in the second set. The Terriers were led by attacker Amanda Liguori who finished out the evening with 17 kills and a .341 hitting percentage. Wendy Burnett finished second in the stats with 10 kills, representing the only other Terrier to register double-digit kills on the night.

Despite a closer set in the third frame, Chattanooga fell 25-18 and suffered its fifth loss in a row.

Freshman Hannah Merkle (Parker, Colo.) led Chattanooga with 15 digs, playing in all three sets. The freshman entered the third set as libero in place of the injured Melissa Green (Boca Raton, Fla.). Sophomore defensive specialist Catherine Chason (Alpharetta, Ga.) finished second on defense with 10 digs while fellow sophomore Lauren Gainer (Boca Raton, Fla.) led the Mocs at the net with five assisted blocks.

The Mocs wrap up their season on Saturday at 3 p.m. as Maclellan Gym hosts Furman. Live stats and video are available for the match via the Mocs volleyball schedule page.


Tennessee Starts Turning Serious Eye Toward Utah State

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Vols began their on-field preparation for the season opener against Utah State on Thursday. The scout team donned blue jerseys for the first time as Butch Jones led the Vols in their first practice since classes started in Knoxville on Wednesday. "The message from (Jones) is quite clear to me, we are in game week mode," said offensive ... (click for more)

UTC's Jay Hay Has Found a Football Home

“Without a doubt, I cannot think of a place I would rather be than here at UTC playing football. The veteran players welcomed me this summer as a junior college transfer with open arms.” UTC defensive back Jay Hay It’s been a crazy, at times frustrating and difficult, four-year football journey for Dade County, Fla. native Jeremiah “Jay” ... (click for more)

School Board Delays Decision On Big-Ticket Health Insurance Item For 1 Week

The Hamilton County School Board on Thursday night voted to delay a vote on a new insurance plan for employees until next Thursday. Sandy Hughes, president of the Hamilton County Education Association, said, "I have a difficult time trying to think of what priority in spending is more important than the well-being of your employees and their children...You've not given us enough ... (click for more)

Man Charged In Westview Elementary Rampage Under Treatment At Moccasin Bend

The 22-year-old charged with a rampage through Westview Elementary School is under treatment at Moccasin Bend Psychiatric Hospital, officials said. Aaron Roden had been set for his first court appearance on Thursday morning. Attorney Allen Dunn of the public defender's office said the hearing needed to be delayed. A status court appearance will be Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Sheriff ... (click for more)

Black Creek TIF Decision-Who Guards The Hen House? - And Response

Citizens of Chattanooga were invited to give public comment before their own Industrial Development Board Aug. 15. They arrived to find foxes guarding their hen house.  Many thought the meeting was their opportunity to seek redress in the ill-conceived Black Creek Tax Increment Financing plan. However, they learned it was a sham orchestrated by both the past and present ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Let’s ‘Pay It Forward’

At 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning, this at a Starbucks coffee store located at 2186 Tyrone Blvd. in St. Petersburg, Fla.,  an unidentified woman who was first in line at the drive-through window, politely told the drive-through window clerk she would like to “pay it forward.” The clerk checked the next order – it was a caramel macchiato – and the first customer paid for both her ... (click for more)