Lady Mocs announce 2008 schedule featuring 32 matches and four in-season tournaments
Lara Newberry leads the Chattanooga volleyball program into the 2008 season
2008 Chattanooga Volleyball Schedule
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Chattanooga volleyball will open the 2008 season by taking its in-state rivalry with the Tennessee Volunteers to the State of Wisconsin for the Marquette Kickoff Tournament from September 29-30. The tournament headlines a 32-match schedule that features four in-season tournaments, including the 2008 Chattanooga Invitational.
After opening the 2008 campaign against UT, the Lady Mocs will also face the Marquette Golden Eagles from the Big East Conference and the Houston Cougars of Conference USA before concluding their stay in Wisconsin. Upon their return to the Scenic City, UTC will host the Chattanooga Invitational from September 5-6.
This year’s invitational will feature Alabama A&M out of the South Western Athletic Conference, South Alabama from the Sun Belt Conference and Central Michigan out of the Mid-American Conference. Last season CMU finished with a 22-10 overall record, falling to Miami of Ohio in the MAC Tournament.
Following the brief return to Chattanooga, the Lady Mocs will begin a 10-match road trip that will take them to five different states and last nearly a month. The first stop on the trip will be Conway, South Carolina for the Coastal Carolina Tournament from September 12-13. UTC will face Troy on the opening day before meeting Georgia State and the host Chanticleers to wrap up the tournament.
A trip to Nashville, Tennessee on September 17 for a single match against the Bruins of Belmont will be followed by the final in-season tournament of the year, this one at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Chattanooga will face some of its toughest competition of the season as they face a pair of Conference USA teams in Memphis and UAB that each one 20-plus games a year ago as well as 19-8 Florida International out of the Sun Belt.
Chattanooga will wrap up non-conference play with a match against Kennesaw State in Marietta, Georgia on September 23 before heading to Statesboro, Georgia to open Southern Conference play at Georgia Southern. The Lady Mocs 10-match road trip will come to and end when they travel to Davidson, North Carolina for a match with the Wildcats.
Following that stretch, Chattanooga begins a run of five straight home matches that includes visits from the second and third best teams in the conference from a year ago in Appalachian State and Furman. Also among those five matches will be the first for Samford as a member of the Southern Conference on October 8. The Bulldogs officially join the SoCon as of July 1, 2008, making the move from the Ohio Valley Conference.
UTC will then travel to Charleston, South Carolina where they will face The Citadel on October 18 before meeting up with the four-time defending Southern Conference Champion College of Charleston Cougars a day later. Chattanooga upset CofC last year with a 3-2 victory on October 9 at Maclellan Gym but fell to them by the same score in the 2007 Southern Conference Tournament. The Cougars are also the only 2007 NCAA Tournament team on Chattanooga’s schedule for the 2008 season.
The Lady Mocs will then have a pair of two-game home stands sandwiched around a trip to Samford as they host UNC Greensboro and Elon from October 25-26 and Davidson and Georgia Southern from November 1-2. The match against GSU will be the final home contest of the year as Chattanooga will close out the 2008 regular season with four straight matches on the road.
Those matches will include trips to Appalachian State and Western Carolina from November 8-9 and UNC Greensboro and Elon from November 14-15. Following the completion of the regular season, the Lady Mocs will head to Greensboro, North Carolina for the 2008 Southern Conference Tournament from November 19-21.
This season Chattanooga must replace the production of six seniors from the 2007 team but returns one of the best defensive players in the nation in libero Lara Newberry. As a junior, Newberry led the nation in digs with a 7.19 digs per game average and broke the NCAA Modern Era Single Season Digs Record with 942, breaking the previous mark of 924 previously held by Minnesota’s Paula Gentil.
Entering 2008, she will need only 393 digs to break Gentil’s all-time NCAA record of 2,791 career digs. She is already Chattanooga’s all-time digs leader with 2,399 for her career and holds the top three single season marks.
Chattanooga will begin the 2008 campaign on August 29 when they face the Tennessee Volunteers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the Marquette Kickoff Tournament.