Lady Mocs still undefeated at home

The UTC Lady Mocs volleyball team remains undefeated on their home court after beating Alabama State Tuesday night 3-0.

This was Chattanooga’s fifth straight home win for the season and maintains their 2012 Maclellan Gym record. The Lady Mocs are now 6-6 for their season.

Head coach Travis Filar said that he enjoys that the team has won at home twice in a row.

“I love the fact that this is the second Tuesday night in a row we’ve played and we’ve had a great atmosphere for both matches,” Filar said. “Having everyone show up to watch us compete, having the band here and getting the win is great. It is great for our kids to be able to play in this type of atmosphere. It is what college volleyball should feel like.”

And the team hustled, he said. That is what he is most proud of.

“Overall, I loved the way we came out tonight and fought,” he said. “We were scrambling, and I told them at the break what I was most impressed with, and that was how hard we fought. It wasn’t pretty at times, but we kept the ball off the floor and put the pressure back on Alabama State. It is great to be able to carry that over into Indiana this weekend.”

The Alabama State Hornets fall to 0-12 on their season, and the Lady Mocs improve their record against Alabama State to 2-0 all-time.

Shining offensively for the Lady Mocs was freshman Briana Reid, an outside hitter from Houston, Texas, led Chattanooga with 10 kills on 26 attacks. Freshman Lauren Gainer, Boca Raton, Fla., was not far behind with eight kills and freshman Julimar Alvarado, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., had six.

Junior Bridget Camacho, a setter from Cumming, Ga., had a team-high of 33 assists for the night. She also added three kills in four attempts.

Leading the Lady Mocs in digs was senior Paula Passmore, a Merritt Island, Fla. native, with a total of 18. Following her was sophomore Boca Raton, Fla. Native Melissa Green with 14.

Even though Alabama State took the first point of the game, Chattanooga won the first set of the night 25-16. But the Lady Mocs allowed the Hornets to score back to back points four times.

The Lady Mocs are back on the road to compete in the Indiana Hoosier Classic Friday Sept. 14-15. They will face Miami (Ohio), Indiana and Valparaiso.

Filar said that the tournament will be a tough one and the team is ready for the challenge.

“We have a tough road ahead of us at Indiana,” he said. “We play three very quality teams. Obviously, the host institution, Indiana out of the Big 10, is always really strong and solid. Valparaiso and Miami also do a great job and are two very competitive teams. They are all well coached and our kids are ready for the challenge.”

Chattanooga will not return to Maclellan Gym until Sept. 21, when they will face the Appalachian State Mountaineers.


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