Spartanburg, S.C. – The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team defeated Wofford 3-2 Saturday night in a thrilling five-set match in Spartanburg, S.C., to claim its first Southern Conference win of the season. The match saw the score tied 35 times and the lead change on 15 occasions. The Mocs are now 1-1 in the SoCon with their only loss coming against Furman Friday afternoon.
"It is a great win for us," Head Coach Travis Filar said. "We showed a lot of toughness by getting a win on the road. We were very sharp and consistent in the first two sets and we responded well in the fifth."
Sophomore Julimar Alvarado (San Juan, Puerto Rico) excelled against the Terriers, collecting 10 kills and recording a .200 attacking percentage. The middle blocker also recorded four assisted blocks en route to the 3-2 win. Overall, Chattanooga totaled 49 kills with its most coming in the first set.
Chattanooga’s 15 kills in the first frame gave it the extra momentum needed to claim a 26-24 victory. While the Terriers also totaled 15 kills in the set, eight errors cost the home team the loss. A seven-point rally keyed the Mocs comeback from a 21-17 deficit.
UTC took the second set as well 25-20. The Terriers rolled over as seven multi-point rallies gave the Mocs a 2-0 match-lead into the intermission.
Wofford returned from the locker room to claim back-to-back sets over UTC, taking the third 26-24 and the fourth 25-16 to even the match 2-2 forcing the deciding set.
The two teams didn’t spare on the dramatics in the fifth set. Much like the previous four frames of the match, a tug-of-war between them sent the set into extra points. Again, errors cost the home team.
Chattanooga was nearly flawless with just three errors and nine kills. Wofford had nine kills but seven errors gave the Terriers a .069 hitting percentage. UTC took the set 16-14, and the match 3-2, scoring five of the last six points in the match.
The Mocs return home next weekend hosting Appalachian State Friday at 6 p.m., and Western Carolina Saturday at 3 p.m. Samford visits the Scenic City Wednesday for a midweek matchup beginning at 7 p.m.