CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.-- The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team claimed its fourth consecutive home win Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over Alabama A&M.
Chattanooga improved its record to 5-0 all-time against the Bulldogs with the victory at Maclellan Gym. UTC is now 4-3 on the season while Alabama A&M falls to 0-8.
Senior leaders Christina Teter (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) and Heather Parman (Ooltewah, Tenn.) were instrumental to the Mocs attacking game. The local duo recorded 11 and 10 kills, respectively, while freshmen Sarah Batterton (Colbert, Wash.), Lauren Gainer (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Julimar Alvarado (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) each tallied nine. Junior Bridget Camacho (Cumming, Ga.) accounted for 41 assists of the 50 total kills put up by UTC hitters.
Paula Passmore (Merritt Island, Fla.) led on the defensive side of the ball for the Mocs with 30 digs, sharing the court with Gainer who collected 12 digs. Teter stood tall with three block assists and freshman Briana Reid (Houston, Texas) assisted with two blocks.
"Alabama A&M is a championship team," head coach Travis Filar said. "They've won the SWAC more than anybody in that conference. They are always competitive and it is always fun to play a team like that. They came out with great intensity and caught us flat in the first set, but I liked the way we responded and won the next three."
Chattanooga found itself in hot water early with a 25-20 loss in the first set of the match. While the Mocs out-killed the Bulldogs in the first set, 13-11, Chattanooga committed twice as many errors and only earned a .128 hitting percentage for the frame. The score was neck-and-neck until Alabama A&M took a 20-19 lead and walked away with the win.
UTC bounced back in the second set with a 25-16 victory. Chattanooga jumped ahead 10-4 and never gave away the lead. The Bulldogs put together a small drive at 24-13 to get within eight points of the Mocs, but UTC earned the set point on a kill from Alvarado.
Alabama A&M battled back during the third frame in a matchup similar to the first of the match. The Bulldogs took the first point and the two teams exchanged leads until the score was tied 15-15. Chattanooga then went on a 10-3 run to take it 25-18.
Much like set three, set four was another back-and-forth battle early. The Mocs took a 10-9 lead en route to a 25-16 victory after exchanging the lead 10 times. UTC sealed the match win with a kill from Gainer.
"It is always good to be home," Filar said. "After going 0-3 this weekend, it is nice to come home and get a win. That is a big confidence boost as we go into another challenging weekend. We're looking forward to competing against some great teams in the days ahead."
Chattanooga returns to action Friday as the Mocs travel to Kennesaw, Ga., to compete in the Kennesaw State Owls Classic. The Mocs play four matches at the tournament, facing off against Troy, Kennesaw State, North Carolina Central and in-state rival Tennessee State.