CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Junior libero Lara Newberry (Chattanooga, Tenn.) posted a match-high 25 digs and freshman setter Bailee Chastain (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) recorded a match-high 43 assists and added 14 digs to lead Chattanooga (16-11, 11-3) to a 3-1 victory over Western Carolina (8-22, 3-12) in a Southern Conference volleyball match Tuesday evening in Cullowhee, N.C. The Lady Mocs defeated the Catamounts 26-30, 30-27, 30-21 and 30-25 for their third consecutive victory.
Game 2 began much the same way that the first set had, with
Down by five points late in the match, and in jeopardy of going down 0-2 in the match,
With the match now tied, the Lady Mocs wasted little time in taking an advantage in Game 3, pulling out to leads of 15-9 and 21-11. A 6-2 mini-run brought the Catamounts to within 23-17 but they would get no closer as UTC rolled to a 30-21 victory, and a 2-1 match lead.
WCU would not go quietly in Game 4, battling out to leads of 9-5 and 13-10 early on before a 6-3 run by the Lady Mocs tied the score at 16-16. The two teams would deadlock twice more prior to the Catamounts pulling out to a 23-21 lead. Back-to-back points by UTC then tied the score at 23-23 before a kill by freshman middle blocker LaTonia Cunningham made the score 24-23. That would be the next to last point WCU would see as Chattanooga took control of the game with a 6-0 run, going up 29-24. Following a Western Carolina kill, senior middle blocker Julianna Martinez (
Hennessey led the offensive attack for the Catamounts, posting a triple-double with 13 kills, 41 assists and 18 digs while freshman outside hitter Jelena Jakovjevic posted a match-high 15 kills. Defensively, sophomore libero Liz Rondone finished with 21 digs and junior libero Liz McLauchlin added 10 digs. Senior middle blocker Meredith Harmon added 12 kills on the day.
With her 25 digs, Lara Newberry continued her record setting season as she broke her own
The Lady Mocs will next be in action when they return home for a special Friday night contest with Furman. The Paladins are the only Southern Conference team that
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