UTC Volleyball Team Falls To Florida A&M

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Chattanooga Mocs (0-3, 0-0) dropped their third match of the season Sunday morning with a 2-3 loss to Florida A&M on the final day of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Invitational. FAMU improved to 1-2 with the win. Despite the loss, sophomore Julimar Alvarado was named to the tournament’s all-tournament team.

Chattanooga jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first set with a 25-16 victory over the Rattlers. The Mocs scored early and forced Florida A&M to a timeout to regroup. Leading 4-0 at the break, Chattanooga went on to dominate the set 25-16.

The second set was all Rattlers as FAMU jumped out to a 5-0 lead over Travis Filar’s Mocs. Chattanooga pulled within two points, 8-10, midway through the match, but Florida A&M pulled away soon after to take a 25-20 win in the stanza.

FAMU again streaked to a victory in the third frame, piecing together two long scoring possessions. The first went for six points while the second nailed seven consecutive points onto the scoreboard for the Rattlers. Florida A&M went on to win the set 25-16 and take a 2-1 lead in the match.

Chattanooga battled back from elimination in the fourth set to force a fifth frame. A narrow 26-24 win in the set, Chattanooga led by as much as four points before the Rattlers mounted a comeback. The Mocs snagged the win  on back-to-back kills from sophomore Sarah Batterton (Colbert, Wash.).

Florida A&M controlled the temp from the start in the fifth set, taking a massive 8-2 lead against UTC. Despite the deep hole, Chattanooga climbed back into the set on four consecutive points late to bring the score to 10-13. Despite the comeback, two quick FAMU points cost the Mocs the match, falling 2-3.

Despite the loss, freshman Allie Davenport (Tyrone, Ga.) registered 15 kills and recorded 13 digs to claim her first career double-double. Davenport also lead the Mocs with three solo blocks. The freshman was followed up with a 14-kill performance from Batterton. The Colbert, Wash., native also claimed three assisted blocks.

Sophomore libero Catherine Chason (Alpharetta, Ga.) lead Chattanooga with 16 digs. Sophomore Brian a Reid (Houston, Texas) also registered 10 digs for the Mocs.

Alvarado was Chattanooga’s lone all-tournament selection, totaling 22 kills on the weekend along with 23.5 points. The sophomore also hit a team-best .333 on offense. It is her first all-tournament honor.

The Mocs return home this week to host the Country Inns & Suites Invitational at Maclellan Gym. Chattanooga begins the tournament Thursday night at 7 p.m. when the Mocs host the Tennessee Lady Vols.


Griffey, Piazza Are Newest Members of MLB Hall Of Fame

The National Baseball Hall of Fame inducted two legends of its grand game Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown, N.Y., as Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza become the newest members of one of the most iconic groups in the world. More than 50,000 fans and 50 Hall of Famers were on hand at Clark Sports Center to welcome Griffey and Piazza into the Hall of Fame. Piazza, who went in as ... (click for more)

Complete Results From 2016 Scenic City Scorcher

**** OVERALL FEMALE **** Place Name                     Ag Div   Hometown             Guntime Pace      ===== ======================== == ===== ==================== ======= =====      1  Rachel Mason            30 FOPEN Hixson, ... (click for more)

Hixson Man Charged With Sending Threatening Emails To General Sessions Court Judge

A 30-year-old Hixson man has been charged with making threats to kill General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom after police said they found evidence to tie him to recent threats against the judge. David Lee Graham, of 1730 Colorado St., is charged with retaliation against a judge. His bond was raised to $100,000. Detective Ric Whaley said he had been conducting an investigation ... (click for more)

Rescuers Carry Injured 15-Year-Old Boy Out Of Pocket Wilderness

First responders spent Sunday afternoon rescuing an injured 15-year-old boy at the Pocket Wilderness at the foot of Mowbray Mountain. At 1:20 p.m. , a 911 call was made reporting a teenager had injured his ankle from cliff jumping at the "Blue Hole " at the Pocket Wilderness. Tennessee State Parks and the Mowbray Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and immediately ... (click for more)

Make America Good Again

“No people can be great, who have ceased to be virtuous.”   Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784) Last week I witnessed first hand the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. As I observed the happenings within the Quicken Arena, the one theme that continued to pop up again and again, was  Make America Great Again .  Of course, that being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Jerika’s Last Dance

There is a horrifying disease called spinal muscular atrophy type 2 that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. What happens is the nerve cells in a person’s brain stem and spinal cord slowly die and, without the ability to voluntarily control your muscles, your body withers away in one of the most painful ways you can imagine. Jerika Bolen, age 14, can’t stand it any longer, nor ... (click for more)