Aurore Kullak continued her strong play this weekend with her second straight double-double. The sophomore posted a match-high 12 kills and 11 digs as the Lady Mocs took the match 25-20, 31-29, and 25-16. Kullak also posted a match-high .304 hitting percentage for Chattanooga.
Courtney Barnes was second on the team in kills with nine on the afternoon, while libero Lara Newberry got two rare kills and had three aces, which ties career-highs for the senior in both categories. Newberry wasn’t the only senior to tie a career-high on the day however, as setter Michaela Huff tied a personal best with four of the Lady Mocs’ eight aces.
Not only did Huff lead the Lady Mocs in aces, she also posted a team-high 28 assists, while Lara Newberry tied for the match lead in digs with 20. Laura Nethery also performed well in the last home game of her career as the senior posted a .286 hitting percentage, while getting five kills and recording two block assists. Nethery, just like her other two senior counterparts, recorded a career-best of her own with four digs in the contest.
For Georgia Southern, the Eagles were led by Bethany Sanford, who had 10 kills in the match. Mae Chabra posted a match-high 34 assists, while Cristin Haines had a match-tying 20 digs.
The Lady Mocs were able to take a quick 1-0 lead in the match thanks to a 25-20 win in the game’s opening set. Chattanooga broke a 2-2 tie thanks to a Southern service error and never trailed again in the set.
In the second set, the Lady Mocs and Eagles combined for the highest scoring set of the season for UTC as Chattanooga took the commanding 2-0 lead with the 31-29 victory. Kullak was the driving force for the Lady Mocs’ offense as the sophomore had a set-high six kills in the frame. With both teams tied at 29-apiece, Kullak recorded her sixth and final kill of the set to give the Lady Mocs’ set point. The Eagles would then commit one of its 21 errors to end the frame.
In the third, and what would be the final, set the Lady Mocs were able to put the Eagles away quicker than the previous two sets as UTC took the set and the match, 25-16.
The Lady Mocs will now travel to the state of North Carolina for the final two weeks of the season before heading to the Southern Conference Tournament which is also being held in the Tar Heel State. Next Saturday the Lady Mocs will return to the court to take on Appalachian State with first serve scheduled for 7 p.m. Chattanooga will wrap up the weekend the following Sunday against Western Carolina at 2 p.m.
Match Note: With the Lady Mocs’ 3-1 win over Davidson Saturday, the team has now qualified for the Southern Conference Tournament which will be held from Nov. 21-23 in Greensboro, N.C.