CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.-- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs (11-17, 5-8 SoCon) gnabbed a tough win over the UNC Greensboro Spartans (13-12, 7-6 SoCon) Friday night at Maclellan Gym.
Before the match, senior outside hitter Heather Parman (Ooltewah, Tenn.) and her family was recognized as the contest was played in memory of her father, the late Eddie Parman, who passed away in the spring. Afterwards, Parman received attention for her performance on the court.
The senior recorded a season-best 15 kills and a .220 hitting percentage en route to a Chattanooga win. Freshman Briana Reid (Houston, Texas) put up her fourth double-double of the season with a match-high 17 kills and personal-best 26 digs. Fellow freshmen Lauren Gainer (Boca Raton, Fla.), Sarah Batterton (Colbert, Wash.) and senior Christina Teter (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) each downed double-digit kills, 11, 13 and 12, respectively.
Senior Paula Passmore (Merritt Island, Fla.) was the Mocs defensive leader with 29 digs, while Reid followed with 26 and Melissa Green (Boca Raton, Fla.) had 23. Junior Bridget Camacho (Cumming, Ga.) also recorded a double-double with 12 digs and a career-high 60 assists.
Greensboro took the first two sets by very small margins of two and three points. The Spartans jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first set with a 25-23 victory and took the second frame with a 25-22 win going into the intermission. UNCG enjoyed hitting a match-best .341 in the first frame and a decent .227 in the second. The Greensboro defense kept the Mocs off-balance in the second stanza, forcing Chattanooga to hit a team-worst .074.
The Mocs surged back in the third set with a 25-22 set win, cutting the Spartans lead to 2-1. The Mocs gave up the lead just once in the third game, 11-10, but rode the rails to a three-point win to seal a victory. Back-to-back Gainer serves warranted a UNCG attacking error and a Batterton kill.
Chattanooga claimed the fourth game by the widest margin of the night with a 25-19 victory. The six-point win tied the match at 2-sets-apiece going into the deciding set. The Mocs took the first lead in the final set and never gave it up. Despite a 5-2 run in the final minutes of the match, Reid downed a spike for match-point, giving the Mocs a 3-2 victory.
"I think that moment can be a signature moment for Chattanooga volleyball," Head Coach Travis Filar said. "We were recognizing Eddie Parman and Dr. Carolyn Thompson tonight and we fought hard tonight. We didn't get down, we found a rhythm in the third set and we began to put pressure on UNCG. This is my proudest coaching moment."
The Mocs are back in action tomorrow night as Chattanooga hosts Elon on senior night at Maclellan Gym. The match is set to start at 6 p.m. with seniors recognized beforehand. Admission is free and post-match autographs will be offered at the scorers' table immediately following the match.