CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga volleyball team fell to Samford, 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-22), despite senior Courtney Barnes (Franklin, Tenn.) registering nine kills and tying a career-high with seven blocks. The Lady Mocs are now 11-10 and 3-6 in the Southern Conference, while the Bulldogs improved to 13-10 and 7-2.
Even though Chattanooga lost in straight sets, the two teams played with a lot of intensity and at a fast pace that included dramatic lead changes for both sides. The Lady Mocs recorded eight blocks overall and Barnes' seven was one more than the Bulldog total of six.
Freshman outside hitter Heater Parman (Ooltewah, Tenn.) notched seven kills and five digs and sophomore Laura Brock (Chattanooga, Tenn.) added five kills and six digs.
Chattanooga's defense was a factor all night causing 20 errors by the Bulldogs, two more than the Lady Mocs committed. Freshman libero Paula Passmore (Merritt Island, Fla.) dug up 11 attacks and had a service ace.
After Samford took an 11-6 lead in the first set, Chattanooga fought its way back to tie the match at 16-all. The Lady Mocs were unable to continue the pressure as the Bulldogs took the set 25-22. Even though Samford hit .355 for the set, Chattanooga was able to keep itself in the match with three blocks and 11 kills.
The two teams played at a blusterous pace as this time Chattanooga jumped out to a 12-3 advantage in the second set. Samford responded with an 8-1 run to make it 13-12 in favor of the home team. The Bulldogs continued their impressive play by taking a 23-18 advantage and eventually the set before a Lady Mocs rally, 25-21.
In an exciting final frame, neither team gained more than a three-point advantage. In fact, the Lady Mocs held that lead four times in the middle of the set, but Chattanooga was unable to capitalize and Samford hung around. The Bulldogs took eight of the last 11 rallies taking the match, 25-22.
Samford generated 29 of their 46 kills between two players Allie Bettinger and Casey Garvey, who the Lady Mocs were unable to stop. With 36 assists, Hillary Fountain was able to keep the Bulldog offense on track all night.
The Lady Mocs begin a four-match Southern Conference road swing starting Saturday at Furman at 2 p.m. Then, the squad makes a stop at Wofford on Sunday at 2 p.m. Finishing up non-conference action, Chattanooga hosts Kennesaw State for the team's annual "Dig for the Cure" Match and youth day on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Samford def. Chattanooga 25-22,25-21,25-22
Samford (13-10, 7-2) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Sheriden Stangohr 15-2-3;
Allie Bettinger 14-0-0; Rachel Gadberry 7-0-2; Elizabeth Neisler
5-0-2; Hillary Fountain 4-2-2; Alexis Bauer 1-0-0; Katie Luckman
0-0-1; Samantha Bland 0-1-0; Casey Garvey 0-1-0; Totals 46-6-6.0.
(Assists) - Hillary Fountain 36. (Dig leaders) - Alexis Bauer 13;
Allie Bettinger 9
Chattanooga (11-10, 3-6) (Kills-aces-blocks) - BARNES, Courtney 9-0-7;
PARMAN, Heather 7-0-0; BROCK, Laura 5-0-1; KUHN, Ellie 3-0-1;
HARVILLE, Stephanie 2-1-2; CONNER, Cassie 2-1-1; SCOTT, Jessica 1-0-0;
CHASTAIN, Bailee 0-0-1; PASSMORE, Paula 0-1-0; Totals 29-3-8.0.
(Assists) - CONNER, Cassie 15. (Dig leaders) - PASSMORE, Paula 11;
BROCK, Laura 6
Site: Chattanooga, Tenn. (Maclellan Gym)
Date: Oct 21, 2009 Attend: 256 Time: 1:23
Referees: Keith Weller, Pat Martin