The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team claimed a 3-2 win Friday afternoon over the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in its first match of the Ole Miss Rebel Classic. The win is Chattanooga’s first victory of the season and puts the Mocs at 1-0 in the tournament.
Chattanooga took the first set of the match with a convincing 25-13 win over Southern Miss. Sophomore Briana Reid (Houston, Texas) downed four kills and an ace against the Golden Eagles while freshman Allie Davenport (Tyrone, Ga.) collected two aces, a kill and two blocks. Sophomore Catherine Chason (Alpharetta, Ga.) assisted in six kills for the Mocs in the set.
Chattanooga claimed the second set with a 25-21 score, taking a 2-0 lead in the match at the break. Davenport added five more kills to her total and freshman setter Anne Bachmann (Lincoln, Neb.) totaled eight assists and an ace for the second frame.
Southern Miss caught the Mocs slipping the in the third set with a 25-19 win over UTC, shortening the Chattanooga match score to 2-1. Southern Miss’s Kristen Fleming collected 13 assists and attacker Elise Ames spiked five kills against the Mocs.
The Golden Eagles stormed back in the fourth set to take the frame 25-22 from the Mocs. Despite tallying more attacks (37) UTC was outscored by the Eagles with 14 kills while Chattanooga committed eight errors.
In the fifth and final set of the match, Chattanooga outscored Southern Miss 17-15. Forcing the match to extra points, The Mocs had to play catch-up with the Eagles at the midway point. Down by two, Chattanooga climbed back on top and fought off Southern Miss despite back-to-back points tying the frame at 14-14.
Davenport emerged as the offensive leader with 16 kills as freshman Kendall Sexton (Orlando, Fla.) found a groove with 11 points. Junior Melissa Green (Boca Raton, Fla.) led the defense with 23 digs and sophomore Lauren Gainer (Boca Raton, Fla.) registered seven blocks – including two solo.
Chattanooga continues play later this evening at 5:30 with a matchup against Louisiana-Lafayette. Live stats are available for the match. The Mocs wrap up the Rebel Classic Saturday at Noon against Ole Miss. Live stats and a live video feed are both available for the match.