Lady Mocs Set for Showdowns with Spartans and Phoenix
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The Chattanooga volleyball team enters the final weekend of the regular season with second place in the Southern Conference’s North Division on the line.

The Lady Mocs (17-13, 12-4 SoCon) are currently tied with UNC Greensboro (20-9, 12-4 SoCon) for second place, with the UTC currently holding the tiebreaker thanks to a 3-1 win over the Spartans on Oct. 25. Also at stake for both squads will be the No. 2 in next week’s conference tournament.

“It is a huge weekend, especially when it is coming down to the No. 2 seed in the tournament,” head coach Lisa Rhodes said. “It is a great position for us to be in, considering we weren’t even picked to advance to the tournament in preseason polls.”

Chattanooga enters Friday’s 7 p.m. matchup with UNCG on a four-game winning streak, its longest of the season. During that span the Lady Mocs are hitting .202 as a team, while holding opponents to only a .137 hitting percentage.

Aurore Kullak has led the UTC offense with three kills per set in Chattanooga’s last four games, while Michaela Huff has continued to play well as a setter by averaging 9.29 assists per set.

UNC Greensboro enters Friday’s showdown with a winning streak of its own as the Spartans have rattled off five straight victories. As a team, UNCG is averaging 12.5 kills per set, with Kayren Finney leading the way. Finney leads the team in kills per set (2.85) and hitting percentage (.329).

Following its matchup in Greensboro, UTC will bus to Elon, N.C. for its regular season finale against the Phoenix (18-14, 7-9 SoCon). This will be the second time the Lady Mocs have faced off against Elon as Chattanooga defeated the Phoenix 3-0 back on Oct. 26.

The Phoenix enters the weekend with a .192 team hitting percentage and is averaging 11.5 kills per set. The team is led by Caroline Lemke offensively, who leads the team in hitting percentage (.251) and kills per set (2.73).

First serve for Saturday’s match at Elon is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Junior Sarah Batterton led the Mocs with 14 kills and a .481 hitting percentage Saturday night against Samford at the SoCon Championships.
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