UTC Volleyball Drops Close Match To Tulsa

Saturday, August 30, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas – The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball lost a hard-fought match to Tulsa Friday afternoon to open up the 2014 season.  A 3-1 loss to the Hurricane, UTC forced extra points to claim the second set 26-24, but fell 25-19, 25-14 and 25-22 in the first, third and final frames.

“Our team played well tonight,” Head Coach Travis Filar said.  “I thought we played well as a team and did some great things on offense.  We kept the score close in three sets, and won the second set with our backs to the wall.  We just have to be sharper tomorrow.”

Junior Briana Reid (Houston,Texas) starred in her collegiate return to her home city.  The Lone Star State native collected a double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs, while fellow Houston resident Lauren Greenspoon (Houston, Texas) made her first college start at setter.  The freshman boasted 35 assists along with eight digs to kick off her career.

“Lauren and Briana both played great today,” Filar said.  “It was good to see them start in their home town, and they performed really well.  Briana scored 11 points for us and Lauren ran our offense very smoothly.”

Also posting a double-double was newcomer Kristy Wieser (Lincoln, Neb.) with 10 kills, 11 digs.  The sophomore led the Mocs scoring effort with 12 points.

Chattanooga’s second-set victory came with the Mocs trailing 24-20 with the Hurricane serving for set-point.  With Allie Davenport (Tyrone, Ga.) back to serve, UTC’s defense forced Tulsa to commit six consecutive attacking errors to fall in the frame.

Despite tying the match 1-1 after the second set, Tulsa dominated in the third set and just edged the Mocs by three points in the final stanza.

Chattanooga is back in action tomorrow to wrap up its Texas swing with a 1 p.m. match against Northern Arizona and an 8 p.m. date with hosting Houston Baptist.

Both games are available free to follow via live stats.  Video is provided courtesy of HBU for the Mocs’ match against the Huskies.

UTC returns to Maclellan Gym to open its home schedule Tuesday at 6 p.m. as the Scenic City hosts Kennesaw State.


Former Chattanooga Lookout, Corey Seager, Turns 23 Today

Before steadily hitting and fielding his way to the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year , Corey Seager was a blue-chip prospect for the Dodgers. In 2014, he played 38 games for the Chattanooga Lookouts.  Today (April 27th, Seager celebrates his 23rd birthday (yes, he's still that young), and he is well one his way to much success in Major League baseball. ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: Honoring Terry Cordell

About a year ago, members of the Chattanooga TSSAA Umpires Association voted to honor two schools in the area we serve with the Terry Cordell Memorial Sportsmanship Award; one for baseball and one for softball, named for the long-time assigner of games in the area. The 2017 winners will be announced soon, but today I wanted to let everyone know about the man the award ... (click for more)

County School Teachers To Get 3% Raise Under Balanced County School Budget

Hamilton County Schools teachers are slated to get three percent pay increases under the balanced budget approved by the School Board on Thursday afternoon. That comes on top of a two percent hike last year. Lee McDade, assistant superintendent, said a large influx of cash came from the state, and Governor Bill Haslam outlined that it was to raise the pay level for teachers. ... (click for more)

Law Enforcement Shuts Down Convenience Store Near College Hill Courts As Public Nuisance

Law enforcement on Thursday took steps to shut down a convenience store near the College Hill Courts as a public nuisance. The action was taken after District Attorney Neal Pinkston filed a petition with Criminal Court Judge Tom Greenholtz about the Westside Shop. The store is operated by Salma Ambo, and the real property is owned by AAA Investment Properties LLC. The petition ... (click for more)

White Coat Syndrome And The Medical System - And Response (2)

Today I wish to share what I am feeling as a patient in our medical system. I am too old to put on airs at this point, and this is too pervasive of a problem for me to contain.   As I enter my AARP years, I am faced with so many medical encounters that evoke all kinds of uncomfortable feelings. I dread physician’s appointments riddled with government regulatory hypocrisy, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: County Commissioners Not Getting Bang For Their School Bucks

The Hamilton County School Board passed a balanced budget to present to the County Commission at a Special Called Meeting on Thursday night. They also attached a prioritized list of $24.5 million in critical needs for the County Commission to consider that will never see the light of day. The long and short of it is easy to see -- the County Commissioners have had enough. It ... (click for more)