Volleyball Travels to North Carolina for Two Matches

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga volleyball team completes its final two Southern Conference road contests of the season at UNCG and Elon. The Mocs battle the Spartans on Friday night at 6 p.m., then play the Phoenix on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Fans can follow the action with links to live stats and free video coverage of both matches courtesy of UNCG and Elon on the schedule page of GoMocs.com.

This week's "Get to Know" features junior libero Paula Passmore (Merritt Island, Fla.). The season-long video series profiles the student-athletes on the volleyball and provides comments from head coach Travis Filar.

Chattanooga returns to Maclellan Gym to finish up the regular season by hosting Appalachian State and Western Carolina on Nov. 12-13.

GAME #28 | CHATTANOOGA (5-22, 3-9 SOCON) AT UNCG (14-14, 6-6 SOCON)

Mocs all-time vs. UNCG: 24-7
Series History:
Chattanooga looks for the season sweep after defeating the Spartans 3-2 at Maclellan Gym in October. The Mocs have historically dominated the series taking at one point 21 of 22 meetings, but UNCG has come out on top in four of the past six matchups.
Scouting Report: The Spartans enter the match up at 14-14 on the season, which includes six league victories against Elon, The Citadel, Davidson, Georgia Southern, Wofford and Western Carolina. Navy and Florida Atlantic are among UNCG's non-conference wins. The duo of Karrian Chambers and Ariel Newman pace the Spartan offense with 3.05 and 3.10 kills per set, respectively. Ari Lysacek runs the UNCG offense registering a 7.61 assists-per-set average. At the net, Morgan Freeman has blocked down 0.80 attacks per set, while the back row is led by Kellie Orewiler with 4.82 digs per set. Head Coach Patrick Nichols is in his third season leading UNCG.

GAME #29 | CHATTANOOGA (5-22, 3-9 SOCON) AT ELON (16-22, 4-8 SOCON)

Mocs all-time vs. Elon: 11-7
Series History: Chattanooga took 10 of the first 13 matchups, before the Phoenix won the five in a row. The Mocs took a 3-1 decision over Elon back in mid-October.
Scouting Report: Elon has secured Southern Conference victories against Appalachian State, Western Carolina, Davidson and Wofford, but is on a three-match losing streak. The Phoenix picked up notable non-conference wins against Campbell (twice), Austin Peay, Central Michigan and Florida Gulf Coast earlier in the year. The offensive attack is fired by five players Channelle Smith, Caroline Lemke, Allison Johnson and Carley Ledbetter with each registering 2.00 kills per set. Megan McMahon distributes the ball on the attack compiling 8.46 assists per set. Ali Deatch heads up Elon's defense with 4.36 digs per set. Kris Harris provides a net presence for the Phoenix blocking down 0.86 attacks per set. Head Coach Mary Tendler has guided the Phoenix for the past nine seasons.

Chattanooga dropped to mid-week conference matches against Furman and Samford at Maclellan Gym. The Mocs fell in straight sets to the Paladins and were led by sophomore setter Bridget Camacho with 21 assists and freshman libero Melissa Green with 19 digs. Chattanooga then came out against Samford in the Southern Rail Rivalry and took the second set by capitalizing on mistakes and forcing the Bulldogs to earn every point, but fell 3-1 in the match. Outsides sophomore Jennifer Kuroski and junior Heather Parman each registered 11 kills, while junior middle blocker Christina Teter added 10. Camacho also contributed 32 assists.

Chattanooga suffered two straight-set defeats at Davidson and Georgia Southern on Oct. 22-23. Junior middle blocker Christina Teter posted a match-high 12 kills for the MOcs, while sophomore setter Bridget Camacho registered 31 assists against the Wildcats. The following day against the Eagles junior outside Jennifer Kuroski paced the offense with 10 kills, while freshman libero Melissa Green recorded 22 digs.

The Mocs concluded the non-conference portion of their schedule on Oct. 18 with a 3-1 loss at Mercer. Junior libero Paula Passmore posted her second 30-dig match of the season with 31 against the Bears. Sophomore outside Jennifer Kuroski led all players with 14 kills, while junior Christina Teter notched 11. Chattanooga dropped the first two sets before using a 16-4 run to end the third set, 25-20, and force a fourth frame. Mercer closed out the match with a 25-22 victory.

The Cumming, Ga., native notched her third-straight double-double on Oct. 15 against College of Charleston. She tallied a career-best 52 assists and added 11 digs. Last weekend, sophomore setter Bridget Camacho tallied 43 assists in both matches against UNCG and Elon, while totaling 11 and 13 digs, respectively. The first double this year for Camacho included 45 assists and 11 digs at Western Carolina. She has a total of four on the season and six in her career.

Teter has been a force for opponents in the middle of the Mocs offense and posted a career-best 19 kills (6.33 per set) in three sets against The Citadel on Oct. 16. She then added 11 kills at Mercer and 12 at Davidson. The Signal Mountain, Tenn., native has posted double-digit kills in 18 matches this season, while hitting at a .297 clip. She additionally leads the blocking game with a 0.72 per set average and has tallied 23 solo blocks on the season.

The Acworth, Ga., native has posted at least 10 kills in 17 of the past 19 matches for Chattanooga. Kuroski posted 14 kills on Oct. 15 against College of Charleston and Oct. 18 at Mercer. She registered a career-best 25 kills in a four-set contest vs. Elon on Oct. 9, which was also her second career double-double adding 14 digs. She has been turned into an all-around player for the Mocs.

Last weekend, Passmore registered 31 digs, her second 30-dig match of the season, at Mercer and is currently in third place all-time in that category with 1,613 digs. Ahead of her is Kari Krouse (2000-03) with 1,769 and NCAA record holder Lara Newberry with 3,176. Passmore is also second on the career digs per set list at 5.27.

As a team, Chattanooga ranks fifth in aces with 1.31 and sixth in digs at 15.40 per set. Ranking in a sixth in kills per set is Kuroski at 3.15 and ninth is Teter at 2.97, while Camacho has a 8.80 assists-per-set average, coming in fourth in that category. Passmore is leads the league with 4.86 digs per set.

Chattanooga earned a home-split defeating The Citadel, 3-0, and falling to College of Charleston, 3-1. The Mocs played one of their best matches of the season against the Cougars, who won the third (28-26) and fourth (25-23) sets in a tightly contested match. Freshman Kasey Talley posted a season-high 16 kills in the contest, while juniors Christina Teter and Heather Parman and sophomore Jennifer Kuroski hit double figures in kills. Chattanooga dug up 70 attacks in the match fighting for every ball as four Mocs hit double digits in digs. Teter powered the offense with 19 kills in the sweep of The Citadel as the Mocs stayed in the North Division race.

Chattanooga knocked off UNCG and Elon on Oct. 8-9 at Maclellan Gym. Kuroski posted 15 kills against the Spartans and followed that up with her second career double-double with a career-best 25 kills and 14 digs. Stepping up offensively was Talley with 14 kills, .481 attacking pct. and four blocks against UNCG. The consistent presence of Teter in the middle provided a match-high 16 kills against the Spartans and 11 vs. the Phoenix.

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