By Zack Kirby, Chattanooga, TN—The Chattanooga Women’s Volleyball program finished with a strong season, including a conference tournament berth, until they fell short to the College of Charleston.
But the SoCon recognized two particular players for their outstanding efforts.
Senior Paula Passmore, from Merritt Island, Fla., and freshman Briana Reid, from Houston, Texas, both earned SoCon Awards. Passmore was named to the All-SoCon Second Team as well as being named Libero of the Year for the second time in her career and Reid earned All-Freshman team honors.
During the regular season, Passmore tallied a career-best 757 digs which blew away her previous best by 103. She lead the SoCon with an average of 6.36 digs per set and not to mention that she is also second in the country in digs per set. The senior rounded out her career by moving into second all-time in school history with a total of 2389 digs.
“She really took her game to the next level,” head coach Travis Filar said. “Defensively, she’s been outstanding and she got a great recognition. I think she was well deserved as the best libero in the conference. She was our floor leader this year.”
Reid, who was a two-time SoCon Freshman of the Week, finished the season with a total of 234 kills, including a career-best 17 kills against UNC Greensboro. Throughout the regular season, she averaged 2.34 kills per set and she finished fourth in blocks with 29.0 (15 assisted, 14 solo).
Reid also put up double-digit digs in eight matches and she recorded a total of six double-doubles. The hitter also tallied 20-dig matches and reached her personal best against Elon on Nov. 3 with 28.
Filar said that Reid’s contribution came from everywhere on the court.
“We needed her to pass, to be a great defender in the back row, and obviously score points and attack in the front row and get kills, while also being a good blocker. I think she is a confident player and that confidence allowed us to finish the season strong,” he said.
“Her potential is really high,” Filar continued. “She’s going to get stronger and I think her increase in strength and she’s going to be not only a steady player for us on the court, but I think her potential as a leader will take great strides for us on and off the court.”
But the big news does not stop there for the Lady Mocs. Coach Filar announced on Nov. 26 that the volleyball program had signed four recruits for the 2013 season.
Kendall Sexton, from Orlando, Fla., Emily Morrison, from Norcross, Ga., Anne Bachman, from Lincoln, Neb., and Allie Davenport, from Tyrone, Ga., signed their national intent during the early signing period to become future players who will contribute for the Lady Mocs.
Our current five freshman who just finished the season had a great year, and for a long stretch of the year all five were starting,” Filar said. “ The great thing with this incoming class, with our four signees for 2013, is if we’re able to follow up a great class in 2012, I think that all four have the ability, the competitiveness, and the will to win to make an impact on our program early.”