By Cameron Wood, Staff Writer —
The Mocs volleyball team played Wofford at home to end the regular season in a losing effort, falling in four sets. The same problems that have plagued the Mocs all season showed up again on Friday night.
In the first set, the Mocs started out slow and inconsistent. On some points they looked capable of winning the conference, but on others they looked helpless. At the end of the set, the Mocs had lost 25-17 and only converted 2.9 percent of their attacks compared to Wofford’s 19.4 percent. The Terriers also dominated the Mocs at the net, out blocking them four to zero.
In the second set, the Mocs looked significantly better, keeping the score close and taking the lead on a couple of occasions. There was a chance to take the set, with the Mocs leading 22-21, but after dropping four of the last five points, the second set was lost 25-23.
The third set went the Mocs’ way, 25-22. In this set, sophomore Mikaela Gauthreaux, Johns Creek, Georgia, set the tone with five kills and two blocks. The Mocs also saw contributions from sophomore Brianna Anderson, Austin, Texas, and freshman Sarah Root, Waterford, Virginia.
The fourth set saw a return to form for the Mocs, with inconsistency plaguing their ability to stay in the match. Wofford controlled the set after getting ahead early and not allowing the Mocs to come back. The set ended 25-22 and the match three sets to one.
The Mocs’ attack was led by Gauthreaux who had 11 kills and junior Ally Ford, Leesburg, Virginia, who chipped in with 13 kills. Senior Lauren Greenspoon, Houston, Texas, set well with a team-high 29 assists.
The loss means the Mocs end the regular season with a 13-17 record, going 6-10 in conference play. This record gives the Mocs the sixth seed heading into the conference tournament this weekend in Cullowhee, North Carolina. The Mocs face off against third seeded UNC-Greensboro on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the match will be streamed on the SoCon Digital Network.