GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four Lady Mocs were named All-SoCon as No. 6 seeded Chattanooga (26-26, 10-11 SoCon) opens plays in the Southern Conference Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. against No. 3 Georgia Southern.
Senior Sara Poteat (Thomaston, Ga.) earned her third All-SoCon honor, being named to the second team and sophomore Sarah Beth Roberts (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) was named to the second team for the second time in her two-year career. Freshman Sam Taylor (Chickamauga, Ga.) was honored with a second team and All-Freshman team nod while freshman Anyssa Robles (Lawrenceville, Ga.) was assigned to the All-Freshman team.
The four All-SoCon selections lead the Lady Mocs into their first matchup of the tournament Wednesday against the Georgia Southern Eagles. Earlier in the season, Chattanooga took two of three games from the Eagles at Frost Stadium.
In its last trip to the SoCon Tournament in 2012, Chattanooga was 2-2 and was eliminated after back-to-back losses to Georgia Southern and the College of Charleston. Chattanooga claimed an 8-1 win over Elon to open the 2012 tournament before taking a 6-1 win over Charleston. The Lady Mocs then fell 2-5 to Georgia Southern before the Cougars came back with a 6-7 win in the semi-finals to send Chattanooga home.
Chattanooga was the projected No. 5 seed going into the weekend’s matchup against Elon, but a sweep pulled off by the Phoenix gave the Lady Mocs the same overall and SoCon record as the Furman Paladins. Because Furman won two games against UTC during the regular season, the Paladins moved up to the No. 5 seed. Furman now has a date with No. 4 UNCG on Wednesday.
"Even as a top seed, there's always some nerves going into it," Head Coach Frank Reed said. "We know everyone has a clean slate and nothing that's happened in the past is going to make a difference. This tournament is based totally on who plays the best over the next three or four days. If we are the team that can get hot, we have a chance to win it. The regular season numbers mean nothing from here-on-out."
Along with Poteat and Roberts, a youthful Chattanooga team takes just four other Lady Mocs into the 2013 contest with prior SoCon Tournament experience in senior Ninjja Suetsugu (Sao Paulo, Brazil), juniors Staphanie Rieck (Chandler, Ariz.) and Kaiti Dutton (Tulsa, Okla.), and sophomore pitcher Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.).
The Lady Mocs have won 11 SoCon Tournament titles and maintain a 51-19 record in the tournament. Reed is 32-12 in tournament play. Against Georgia Southern, Chattanooga and the Eagles are an even 7-7 in SoCon Tournament play, and the 14 games between the two are the most of any SoCon opponent for Chattanooga.