Lady Mocs Volleyball Team Travels To Bulldog Classic

Thursday, September 4, 2014
The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team travels to Athens, Ga., this weekend to participate in the Bulldog Classic.  The three-match tournament begins Friday at 7 p.m. with UTC taking on the hosting Bulldogs.  The team wraps up play Saturday with a 10 a.m. match against College of Charleston and at 4 p.m. against Belmont.

“There are no easy teams on our schedule in the preseason,” Head Coach Travis Filar said. “All three teams we face in Athens are NCAA Tournament perennials. We wanted these tough matches scheduled to prepare us for the Southern Conference season.

The Mocs are coming off a 3-0 loss to Kennesaw State Tuesday night, falling in their home opener.  Despite the loss, sophomore Kristy Wieser (Lincoln, Neb.) delivered eight kills to lead the offense and collected eight digs.  The 6-foot-2 middle blocker also totaled two block assists.

Overall, Wieser also leads the team with 35 kills.  Briana Reid (Houston, Texas) follows closely behind with 34 kills and is averaging 2.33 kills per set.  Junior Julimar Alvarado (San Juan, Puerto Rico) is the offense’s leader with 3.00 kills per set with 53 total attacks.

The Chattanooga defense is led by junior libero Catherine Chason (Alpharetta, Ga.) with 69 digs, averaging 4.60 digs per set.  On the block, junior Lauren Gainer (Boca Raton, Fla.) is ranked first with 16 total blocks, including four solo and 12 assisted.  In the SoCon, Gainer ranks seventh in total blocks.

UTC goes into its Friday night match with an 0-1 record all-time against the Bulldogs.  Since becoming a varsity sport in 1983, the Mocs and Georgia have met just one.  Chattanooga was defeated 1-3 Oct. 7, 1984.

The Bulldogs are 1-2 on the season after competing in the University of San Francisco Bay Area Challenge.  They claimed a 3-1 win over Fordham while falling 3-1 to SMU and San Francisco.  Junior middle blocker Jasmine Eatmon was named to the all-tournament team after hitting .447 and totaling 27 kills.  She also led the team with 21 blocks, averaging 1.75 blocks per set.

Since leaving the SoCon, the Mocs and College of Charleston have once with the match going in favor of the Cougars 3-2.  Chattanooga looks to even the post-conference record Saturday against the 1-3 team.  Thus far, CofC has a 3-2 win over Davidson under its belt, while falling 3-2 to Kent State and Eastern Washington, and 3-0 to newly-added Southern Conference-member Mercer.  The Cougars control the series 9-27, winning its last meeting in 2013.

Three Cougars have totaled more than 40 kills this season, including outside hitter Melissa Morello who leads the team with 66.  Morello also leads the College with an outstanding 3.67 kills per set.  Right sides Sloane White and Cara Howley follow Morello’s lead with 47 and 44 kills, respectively.

Belmont enters the tournament with the same record as Chattanooga, claiming a 3-2 win at the Belmont Invitational in Nashville, Tenn., over Evansville.  The two teams have faced one common foe, Kennesaw State, as the Bruins also fell to the Owls.  The Mocs last met Belmont in 2013, falling 3-0.

Bruins’ Scarlet Gable leads the team with 29 kills and has seen action in 14 sets.  Defensively, libero Ellie Ivancich paces Belmont with 57 digs, while middle blockers Alex Martin and Jocelyn Youngdahl stand tall at the net with 14 and 13 blocks, respectively. 

Live stats are available for each match free via the volleyball schedule page links.  A free audio feed is also available for Chattanooga’s Friday match against Georgia.  The audio link can also be found on the schedule page.

The Mocs return to Maclellan Gym next weekend as UTC hosts the Chattanooga Classic.  The four-team tournament hosts Murray State, Mississippi Valley State and Wright State.  Chattanooga is set to play three matches over the two-day event.

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