The Chattanooga Mocs traveled to Hattiesburg, Miss. to conclude their preseason, non-conference action in the Southern Mississippi Classic.
The Mocs came into Hattiesburg hoping their time was better spent than when they hosted their own Chattanooga Classic one week prior -- where they fell short in all three matches against Tennessee Tech (0-3), Virginia Tech (2-3) and Troy (1-3). UTC entered the Southern Miss Classic with a record of 3-7 and with hopes of bettering this by facing Lamar, Eastern Kentucky and Southern Miss.
The action began Friday afternoon and the Mocs had a competitive first match though, on paper, it doesn’t seem that way since they swept Lamar 3-0. The competitive nature stems from the first set having seven ties and two lead changes. Chattanooga ultimately fared superior and captured the set 25-22.
The second set of the afternoon was the closest the Cardinals would get to besting the Mocs. UTC had to come from behind after trailing 21-16. This was accomplished by solid play from a Mocs trio of Gylian Finch, Sophia Bossong and Kate Neill. The set came down to the wire -- but Chattanooga prevailed -- and came out on top 27-25.
The final set was a breeze for UTC. Though it was all tied up at 12, the Mocs ran away with it from there, going on an unanswered seven-point run. They would win the game 25-19.
Sadly, the Lamar match was the only victory Chattanooga would claim below the border. The Mocs refused to go down without a fight, however.
They saw EKU in the second back-and-forth match of the day and went five sets with them. They lost the first set (25-23) but came back the second (25-22). This pattern repeated until EKU took it home in the final set 15-11.
Chattanooga came in Saturday looking solid as they handled host Southern Miss with ease in the first set of the match 25-19. Despite this, the solidity wouldn’t continue. USM would win the next three sets.
On a more positive note for the Mocs, Gylian Finch was named to the Southern Miss Classic All-Tournament team. She accomplished this by averaging 3.67 kills per set throughout the three matches.
That’s all she wrote for non-conference play this season for the Mocs. UTC will return to the Scenic City Friday, Sept. 24 to begin Southern Conference action. The first team they will see will be UNCG in Maclellan Gym.