CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Senior middle blocker Leslee Ball (Sycamore, Ill.) pounded a match-high 24 kills and freshman setter Bailee Chastain (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) recorded a match-high 56 assists to lead Chattanooga (15-11, 10-3) to a 3-1 victory over Georgia Southern (8-17, 5-8) Saturday afternoon at Maclellan Gym. The Lady Mocs defeated the Eagles 30-19, 24-30, 30-23 and 31-29 to collect their tenth Southern Conference victory of the season, equaling last season’s mark.
In Game 2, the Eagles and Lady Mocs battled to through five ties early on to make the score 9-9 and another five later in the game to knot the score at 21-21. Following back-to-back kills by Ball to make the score 23-21, Georgia Southern took control of the game with a 9-0 run that brought the Eagles to game point, 29-23 before a kill by senior right side hitter Gorana Bacic put the game away, 30-24 to tie the match at 1-1.
The third game was an evenly matched contest until midway through when
The Lady Mocs then took a two point advantage, 26-24, on back-to-back points before extending to a 28-25 lead by capitalizing on GSU miscues. Trailing 29-27, the Eagles rallied to tie the game at 29-29 before a kill by senior middle blocker Julianna Martinez (Austin, Texas) and a Georgia Southern error gave the Lady Mocs a 31-29 Game 4 win and a 3-1 match victory.
Dowd led the way offensively for the Eagles with a team-high 21 kills to go along with 11 digs and was joined by Bacic with 17 kills and six blocks. Junior setter Mae Chabra setup up the offense with 46 assists while senior outside hitter Bailey Coleman led the defense with a match-high 29 digs and junior outside hitter Bianca Julio contributed 11 digs. Freshman middle hitter Sara Gildersleeve finished with five blocks on the day.
For the Lady Mocs, in addition to her match-high 24 kills, Ball contributed 13 digs and four blocks while Chastain added nine digs. Junior libero Lara Newberry (
“I am extremely happy with the win we got today” said
The Lady Mocs will be back in action on Tuesday, October 30 when they travel to
With 56 assists, this is the fifth match out of seven that Bailee Chastain has posted 49 or more assists ... only one has been a five set match.