CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – In its second-to-last home game of the season, the Chattanooga volleyball team defeated Davidson 3-1 (25-22, 25-16, 18-25, 27-25) Saturday, avenging a 3-2 loss to the Wildcats (11-15, 6-7 Southern) earlier this year.
Aurore Kullak had a career day for the Lady Mocs (14-13, 9-4 Southern) as the sophomore posted her fifth double-double of the season with career-high tying 15 kills and 14 digs. The Beloeil, Belgium native also posted a career-best .343 hitting percentage in the victory.
"That was a huge win for us," Head Coach Lisa Rhodes said. "We need to keep taking care of business at home and hopefully we will come back tomorrow and close out our home schedule with a win."
Courtney Barnes eclipsed the double-digit mark in kills for the second time in three games with 10, while senior Laura Nethery finished the match with nine. Michaela Huff led the Lady Mocs in assists with 38 and Lara Newberry led the team with 29 digs.
For the Wildcats, Sarabeth Peele led all players with 21 kills and had a .415 hitting percentage. Hayley Lawson had a match-high 43 assists and Jennifer Chamblee led the match with 30 digs in the loss for Davidson.
The Lady Mocs were able to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the match thanks to capturing the first set 25-22. Both teams had opportunities to win the opening set as the two squads held leads late in the match. Kullak finished off the opening frame with one of her three kills to give the Lady Mocs the 1-0 advantage.
The second set was close through the early stages as both teams fought to an 11-11 tie. From that point however, the Lady Mocs would take control of the set and go on a 14-5 run to put UTC up 2-0 going into the locker rooms.
After Davidson staved off the 3-0 defeat with a 25-18 win in the third set, the Lady Mocs were finally able to put the Wildcats away in the fourth set by edging out a 27-25 victory.
With her 29 digs on the afternoon, Lara Newberry surpassed 3,000 digs for her career. The senior now sits at 3,201 in her career and is the NCAA record holder for both digs in a season and a career (942).
The Lady Mocs will wrap up the home portion of its schedule Sunday against Georgia Southern. First serve is slated for 2 p.m. from Maclellan Gym. The Lady Mocs’ three seniors: Michaela Huff, Laura Nethery, and Lara Newberry will be recognized for their service to both the university and the volleyball program Sunday in observance of Senior Day.