(Kills-aces-blocks) - ALBRITTON,Kayla 12-1-1; JOHNSON,Maggie 8-0-0; BLOOD,Tara 7-0-0; MCCOY,Allison 7-0-2; MYER,Jen 4-3-0; ADAMS,Lexi 1-0-0; SALAVA,Channing 1-6-1; CLEMENTS,Megan 0-1-0;
FRAZIER,Carly 0-3-0; Totals 40-14-2.0.
(Assists) - SALAVA,Channing 34.
(Dig leaders) - CLEMENTS,Megan 17; MYER,Jen 7
(Kills-aces-blocks) - Jennifer Kuroski 10-0-2; Ellie Kuhn 7-0-3; Christina Teter 4-0-1; Tess Kosycarz 2-0-0; Jessica Scott 2-0-0; Bailee Chastain 1-0-2; Heather Parman 1-0-0; Courtney Barnes 1-0-4; Paula Passmore 0-1-0; Totals 28-1-6.0.
(Assists) - Tess Kosycarz 12; Bailee Chastain 10.
(Dig leaders) - Paula Passmore 18;
Jennifer Kuroski 5
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – In front of an energetic crowd of 320, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga volleyball team opened up its home slate at Maclellan Gym falling to Belmont in straight sets, 3-0 (25-20, 25-9, 25-22). Freshman outside hitter Jennifer Kuroski (Acworth, Ga.) paced the Lady Mocs with 10 kills, while recording a season-high .300 hitting percentage.
“I am a very energetic player,” said sophomore libero Paula Passmore (Merritt Island, Fla.). “And it felt great to have the fans. I would have like to think that we stepped up in the final set because of the energy from the crowd. They were able to help us. I wish that we could have done it the whole time, but we have a great team and there is a lot of potential.”
Contributing to the offensive attack was sophomore middle blocker Ellie Kuhn (San Antonio, Texas), who compiled seven kills for a .667 hitting percentage and three assisted blocks, while sophomore right side Christina Teter (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) recorded four kills.
“Coach [Lisa Rhodes] has done a great job this season in thinking about positive things after each game,” said Kuhn. “There were a few positives in that game, but there is also a lot of improvement that needs to be made. We have to keep our heads up and be ready to put on a fight tomorrow.”
Once again, Passmore led the match with 18 digs for the 11th time this season. Also adding to the defense was Kuroski with five digs along with senior Bailee Chastain (Signal Mountatin, Tenn.) and freshman Tess Kosycarz (Temecula, Calif.) with three each.
Teaming up at the setting posion was Kosycarz and Chastain as they totaled 12 and 10 assists, respctively.
“I just tried to push everyone as much as I could,” said Passmore. “I try my best every game and I know that the team can feed off my defensive play. I do what it takes and know that the team appreciates it.”
Senior middle blocker Courtney Barnes (Franklin, Tenn.) registered a match-high in block assists with four.
Chattanooga (3-9) and Belmont (5-8) battled in a tightly contested first set that saw both teams trading points until the Bruins closed out the set on a 6-1 run, 25-20. The Lady Mocs compiled their best hitting performance of the night connecting on 12 kills with only two mistakes for a .345 pct.
The second set was all Belmont as they took a 14-7 lead and then coasted to the 25-9 victory. The Bruins compiled seven service aces in the set along with 12 kills.
After a tough second set, Chattanooga rallied to end the third scoring on five of the final six points establishing momentum going into Saturday’s doubleheader. The Lady Mocs did not give up in the set as they were down 21-15 and battled back to make it close at 25-22 feeding off the energy of the crowd.
“I personally and a lot of girls on the team love big crowds,” said Kuhn. “It gets you pumped up and motivated inside. When you are standing there on the on court, you want to do it for yourself, the team and fans.”
Chattanooga returns to the Maclellan Gym tomorrow at 11:30 with back-to-back matches against UCF and James Madison to close out the Country Inns & Suites Invitational. Following the volleyball matches, the Mocs football team takes on Eastern Kentucky at Finley Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m.
The Lady Mocs continue a four-match home stand on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against East Tennessee State before starting Southern Conference action the following weekend.