CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Following three weeks of practice with new head coach Travis Filar, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga volleyball team begins their spring slate on Wednesday at Belmont. The situational scrimmage is set for 6 p.m. (E.D.T).
This past week the team voted on captains for the remainder of the spring and rising senior middle blocker Ellie Kuhn (San Antonio, Texas) and junior libero Paula Passmore (Merritt Island, Fla.) were selected by their peers. GoMocs.com interviewed Kuhn and Passmore to discuss the spring so far and preview playing Belmont. The videos can be viewed at the top of the page.
Chattanooga looks to improve on its 12-20 overall and 7-9 Southern Conference record last season. The Lady Mocs have to fill the void left by graduating senior Courtney Barnes (Franklin, Tenn.), who paced the team in kills (281) and hitting percentage (.340), and was named ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team in 2010.
Fellow middle blocker, Kuhn has her sights set on a memorable senior season as she led the team in blocks the past two campaigns including setting the Lady Mocs single-season block assists mark with 103 in 2009. The San Antonio, Texas, native has totaled 245 career blocks, eighth all-time, and has 438 kills.
Defensively, the Lady Mocs return the the SoCon Libero of the Year in Passmore, who finished the season with a conference leading 5.45 digs per set. The Merritt Island, Fla., native has totaled an even 1200 digs in her two-year career.
The Bruins compiled a 14-15 mark overall and 7-3 A-Sun record during 2010. They are also replacing a graduating senior in Kayla Albritton, who was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-South Region Team with 48 aces and 411 kills.
The Lady Mocs kickoff their home schedule at Maclellan Gym on Sunday with a 4 p.m. match against UAB.
Chattanooga Spring Volleyball Schedule
March 30 - at Belmont - Nashville, Tenn. - 6 p.m.
April 3 - UAB - Maclellan Gym - 4 p.m.
April 9 - at UAB Spring Tournament - Birmingham, Ala. - All Day
April 17 - UTC Alumni - Maclellan Gym - TBA
All times are Eastern and be sure to check GoMocs.com for updated game times.