Kristy Weiser Lincoln, Neb., spikes a ball during UTC’s 3-0 win over Cal State Fullerton. Photo by Chad Pasinger
By Trevon Wiggins
The volleyball team finished the Chattanooga Classic Sunday afternoon at Maclellan Gym with a win over California State at Fullerton in their fourth 3-0 sweep of the tournament weekend.
Chattanooga held the upper-hand for a majority of the match, winning the first set 25-11. The opening set win was followed by two competitive sets that UTC won 25-18 and 25-17 accordingly. The Mocs move to a 4-0 start on the season and earned their 11th straight non-conference win dating back to last season.
“We really didn’t have a great week of practice and I really challenged our team,” said UTC head coach Travis Filar said of his team before the tournament. “I thought we played tremendously this weekend despite the bad week of practice.”
The Mocs demonstrated once again a strong defense after they forced the Titans into a .016 hitting percentage. With that performance, the Mocs have now forced opponents to a combined -.045 hitting percentage in their four matches this season.
Starting libero, sophomore Rachel Petkosh, Merritt Island, Fla., recorded a match-high 29 digs and also provided two service aces in the win. Lauren Greenspoon, Houston, finished the match with a team-high 28 assists while earning 9 digs on the day.
“For us to play the way we did at the level that we did I couldn’t have been more excited with that opening weekend for our kids. I also couldn’t have been more excited about the turnout of the fans, a lot of that is probably because of the success we had last year but I also think a lot of it comes from how much our kids are engaged in the community not only in Chattanooga but the university as well,” added Filar.
The Mocs now prepare for a six-match road trip beginning this weekend with a trip to Dayton, Ohio as part of the University of Dayton Invitational. The four-team tournament consists of UTC, Dayton, Xavier, and Northwestern who represent the Atlantic 10, Big East, and Big 10 conferences respectively.
Filer said the team is excited to get better and will be prepared for their opening match this weekend.
The undefeated 4-0 Mocs return to action Friday, Sept. 2 at 3:30 p.m. against Northwestern who is also undefeated at 3-0. The tournament will be held at the Frericks Center.
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