CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.-- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga volleyball team (10-15, 4-6 SoCon) fell to Georgia Southern (18-6, 9-1 SoCon) Sunday afternoon at Maclellan Gym.
After coming out flat in the first set, Chattanooga battled back in the second and third sets, but came just up short in both contests (14-25, 24-26, 23-25). Freshman Briana Reid (Houston, Texas) was the Mocs' kills leader with 13 through three sets while fellow freshman Sarah Batterton (Colbert, Wash.) finished with a second-best eight kills.
Chattanooga was held to a .065 hitting percentage in the first set, rotating just one time during the frame. The Mocs were only allowed to score on their own serve only three times before reaching the 11-24 mark in the set. UTC was able to piece together a four-point run near the end of the first frame, but Georgia Southern would only need one point to take the first matchup 25-14.
The Mocs came out strong in the second stanza, fighting neck-and-neck with the Eagles throughout the entire set. GSU garnered as much as a four-point advantage only once during its 26-24 win in the second set. Six Reid kills kept the match tight, but back-to-back scoring opportunities at the end of the set gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead going into the intermission.
UTC rallied to an 8-3 lead to begin the third game, looking to stay alive in what proved to be a close match, but Georgia Southern would top the Mocs 25-23 and take the match 3-0. Down 19-23, Chattanooga tied the third set at 23-23, but a kill from GSU's Crysten Curry and a UTC attacking error handed the Eagles the win.
"We came out flat in the first set, and it's hard to come back from something like that," Head Coach Travis Filar said. "But we were able to battle back and make it close. We had an electric crowd, and it was good to see so many people come out and support our Mocs on fall break. I just wish we could have played with as much electricity as the crowd brought to the bleachers."
The Mocs hit the road Saturday to battle Furman in Greenville, S.C. at 2 p.m., before traveling to Birmingham, Ala. Oct. 30 to take on Samford at 7 p.m.