ATLANTA, Ga. – The Chattanooga Mocs (0-3, 0-0) dropped their third match of the season Sunday morning with a five-set loss to Florida A&M on the final day of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Invitational. FAMU improved to 1-2 with the win. Despite the loss, sophomore Julimar Alvarado (San Juan, Puerto Rico) was named to the tournament’s all-tournament team.
Chattanooga jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first set with a 25-16 victory over the Rattlers. The Mocs scored early and forced Florida A&M to a timeout to regroup. Leading 4-0 at the break, Chattanooga went on to dominate the set.
The second was all Rattlers as FAMU scored five unaswered points to open. Chattanooga pulled within two points, 10-8, midway through, but Florida A&M pulled away taking the stanza 25-20.
FAMU again streaked to a victory in the third frame. It pieced together two long scoring possessions. The first went for six points, while the second nailed seven consecutive points onto the scoreboard for the Rattlers as the 25-16 win gave them a 2-1 lead in the match.
Chattanooga battled back from elimination in the fourth set to force a fifth frame. A narrow 26-24 win came after Chattanooga led by as many as four points during the hotly-contested set. The Mocs snagged the fourth on back-to-back kills from sophomore Sarah Batterton (Colbert, Wash.).
Florida A&M controlled the tempo from the start of the fifth set, taking a massive 8-2 lead. Despite the deep hole, Chattanooga climbed back into into it with four consecutive points late to get within three, 13-10. Two quick FAMU points gave it the match win.
Freshman Allie Davenport (Tyrone, Ga.) registered 15 kills and recorded 13 digs to claim her first career double-double. Davenport also led the Mocs with three solo blocks. Batterton had a 14-kill performance with three assisted blocks.
Sophomore libero Catherine Chason (Alpharetta, Ga.) led Chattanooga with 16 digs. Sophomore Briana Reid (Houston, Texas) had 10 digs for the Mocs.
Alvarado was Chattanooga’s lone all-tournament selection, totaling 22 kills on the weekend along with 23.5 points. The sophomore also hit a team-best .333 on offense. It is her first career all-tournament honor.
The Mocs return home this week to host the Country Inns & Suites Invitational at Maclellan Gym. Chattanooga begins the tournament Thursday night at 7 p.m. when the Mocs host the Tennessee Lady Vols.