CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Coming off a sweep of The Citadel, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga volleyball team looks to continue playing well, when they host Samford Wednesday. First serve for the match at Maclellan Gym is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live video and statistics are available on GoMocs.com.
Match #21 | Samford (12-10, 6-2) at Chattanooga (11-9, 3-5)
Wednesday, Oct. 21 | 7 p.m. | Maclellan Gym | Chattanooga, Tenn.
UTC All-Time vs. Samford: 10-13
Last Meeting: Samford won 3-0 on Sept. 30 in Birmingham, Ala.
Media: Live video and statistics are available at GoMocs.com.
Scouting Report: After winning the first five conference games, the Bulldogs have hit a rough stretch going 1-2 including a non-conference loss to Troy. Allie Bettingerg paces the squad with 3.20 kills per set, while Sheriden Stangohr leads the conference in blocks per set at 1.30. Thier digs per set leader is Alexis Bauer at 3.59, while Hillary Fountain as a 8.82 assists perset.
COWART'S FIRST DAY
Saturday the Lady Mocs saw what freshman Erica Cowart can do for the squad. She came in for three serves on the afternoon and also dug up her first two attacks at the collegiate leve. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native was the seventh true freshman to make an appearance for the team this year. The Lady Mocs are tied for the 10th youngest in the nation, only returning 12 years of experience at the Division I level.
Three members of the Lady Mocs are ranked in the top 50 nationally. All season, freshman libero Paula Passmore has been in the top 10 and now is seventh with a 5.77 digs per set average. Sophomore middle blocker Ellie Kuhn has been ranked in the upper-40's over the past couple of weeks and now sits at 48th blocking down 1.19 attacks a set. Without recording an error last week, Courtney Barnes moved to 49th nationally in hitting percentage at .367. As a team, the Lady Mocs are ranked 16th with 17.3 digs per set.
CHATTANOOGA NOTCHES SECOND SWEEP
Senior Cassis Conner posted her second double-double this season with 34 assists and 13 digs at Western Carolina. The Lady Mocs responded to Catamount rallies each time enroute to a 3-0 sweep. Middle blocker Courtney Barnes paced the squad with 10 kills and four digs, while freshman libero Paula Passmore dug up 21 attacks on the afternoon.
FIRST KILL AS A LADY MOC
With Chattanooga down late in the third set against Georgia Southern, red-shirt sophomore Sarah Torgeson was given an opportunity and recorded her first collegiate kill. It was the first time that the Knoxville, Tenn., native saw the court after sitting out last year playing on the Lady Mocs' practice squad.
BARNES ACHIEVES CAREER HIGH
In the loss to Samford, Junior middle blocker Courtney Barnes set a new career mark hitting .714, while posting 10 kills and zero errors on the night. Last season, the Franklin, Tenn. native recorded a .643 mark against FIU recording 9 kills with no errors, while she almost hit that number again vs. Elon registering 14 kills and hit .636.
SWEEPING THE SPARTANS
The young Lady Mocs team put together its first sweep of the season against UNC Greensboro less than 24 hours after dropping its match to Elon. Chattanooga played an all-around superb game dispatching the Spartans in three sets by hitting a combined .248 as a team, the second best mark this season. Once again sophomore Ellie Kuhn made her presence felt in the middle by blocking down eight attacks. Junior Courtney Barnes paced the Lady Mocs offense with eight kills, while Cassie Conner and Bailee Chastain combined for 32 assists.
CHASTAIN RECORDS 1,000TH ASSIST
In the quickest match of the season, junior setter Bailee Chastain pushed her assist total over 1,000 with 18 helpers against UNC Greensboro. The Signal Mountain ,Tenn., native is now tenth on the Lady Mocs all-time charts with 1,032, who needs 424 more assists to pass Jenn Anderson, who is next on the list with 1,425. So far this season, Chastain has registered 358 assists in 13 matches.
KUHN KEEPS BLOCKING
In the first three Sothern Conference matches, sophomore middle blocker Ellie Kuhn has recorded 20 total blocks including setting a career-high with nine vs. Elon. The San Antonio, Texas native has 71 total blocks on the season including 1.22 blocks per set. She ranks six in the conference and 47th nationally in blocks per set.
SEVEN INDIVIDUAL MARKS SET VS. PHOENIX
The defense came to play against Elon as Chattanooga dug up 122 attacks, which ranks ninth since 2000 and freshman Paula Passmore had a season-best 34 digs. Freshmen Kirsten Beasley, sophomore Laura Brock, junior Bailee Chastain and senior Cassis Conner each posted a double-double on the afternoon. Brock and Beasley set career-highs with 16 kills-21 digs and 17 kills-19 digs, respectively. The Lady Mocs two setters both saw playing time on the back row setting new career-highs in digs with 16 and 12 while registering 70 assists combined. Middle blocker Ellie Kuhn bocked nine attacks for a new career-high, freshman Paula Passmore dug up a season best 34 balls. Stephanie Harvile set a new mark with five asssists.
DIGGING IT UP
Chattanooga has relied on its defense during its 9-7 start and the squad leads the Southern Conference with a 17.44 digs per set that ranks tenth nationally. The team's freshman libero Paula Passmore has been superb recording 349 digs and 5.72 digs per set average to lead the conference and rank seventh nationally. With coach Rhodes emphasizing defense, four other players freshmen Kirsten Bealey (2.43) and Heather Parman (2.04), sophomore Laura Brock (2.42) and junior Bailee Chastain have (2.09) all recorded atleast two digs per set.
CHATTANOOGA CAPTURES LADY TECHSTER HOME TOURNAMENT
The Lady Mocs defeated Grambling State, Southeast Louisiana and Louisiana Tech on Sept. 11-12 in Ruston, La. to capture the tournament title. The last time that Chattanooga won a road tournament was back in 2002 when they traveled to Monroe, La. for the Battle on the Bayou, where they battled Centenary, Mississippi Valley State and Louisiana-Monroe. Back in 2005, Chattanooga hosted the Hilton Garden Inn Challenge, where the Lady Mocs recorded victories against Jackson State and Austin Peay. Junior Courtney Barnes and sophomores Ellie Kuhn and Laura Brock were selected to the all-tournament team for their performances over the weekend.
Junior middle blockers Courtney Barnes and sophomore Ellie Kuhn came to play in Ruston, La., where the duo registered 32 blocks. Kuhn had her best effort of the season at Louisiana Tech with a season-high eight block assists and nine kills, while recording another season-high two block solos vs. Southeastern La. Barnes was consist with a .353 attack percentage and had 28 kills and 14 blocks over the weekend.
So far this season, the Lady Mocs have recorded 11 double-doubles from four different players in eight of the 11 matches. Sophomore outside hitter Laura Brock leads the team with a total of four including two on the final day of the tournament in Ruston, La., where she had a total of 22 kills and 30 digs, while freshmen outside hitters Kirsten Beasly has three and Heather Parman has one. Junior setter Bailee Chastain posted two double-doubles (assists-digs) this past weekend including a season-high 44 assists and 10 digs vs. Southeastern Louisiana.
ERND BECOMES FOURTH NEWCOMER TO LEAD MOCS
Freshman Meagan Ernd recorded 13 kills against East Tenn. St. leading Chattanooga in kills. Sophomore Laura Brock and freshmen Kirsten Beasley and Heather Parman have also accomplished the feat earlier this season. These players are important to each match the team plays as one of has stepped up each game on the outside.
CLIMBING THE RANKS
With 40 assists against East Tennessee State, junior setter Bailee Chastain passed Beck Brashers (1993-94) for 10th all-time on the Chattanooga assist list. The Signal Mountain, Tenn., native have 822 over three years with the Lady Mocs. Next up on the list is Jenn Anderson who played from 1999-00 recording 1,425 assists.
BARNES SETS CAREER HIGH AGAINST COUGARS
Junior middle blocker Courtney Barnes generated 17 kills in the Lady Mocs' victory over SIU-Edwardsville, which surpasses her career-high of 16 that was tied earlier this season against James Madison. The Franklin, Tenn., native is the most consistent player on the team so far this season with so many young players seeing action on the court.
PASSMORE TABBED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
The freshman libero has performed better than coach Rhodes could have expect thru the first seven games of the season. At the squad's home tournament,Country Inn & Suites Volleyball Challenge, Passmore dug up 67 opponent attacks and had two service aces. The Merritt Island, Fla., native has eclipsed her season-high twice this season with 33 digs against Tennessee State on Sept. 8 and Austin Peay. Most impressive was that she had 33 digs in three sets in the first home match of the season vs. Austin Peay, one shy of a Top 20 spot in the NCAA Record Book for digs in a three-set match.
BROCK DOUBLES UP THE TIGERS, RAMBLERS
A transfer from Middle Tennessee, sophomore outside hitter Laura Brock impressed the coaches with her consistency during preseason camp. Brock was not one of the top performers during the season's opening weekend, but she made up for that with a double-doubles against Tennessee State and Loyola (Ill.). The Chattanooga native posted a season-high 13 kills against the Tigers along with 10 digs, while recording 12 kills and a season-high 14 digs against the Ramblers
SIX PLAYERS MAKE LADY MOCS DEBUT
Sophomore outside hitter Laura Brock and freshmen libero Paula Passmore, outside hitter Kirsten Beasley, outside hitter Heather Parman, middle blocker Christina Teter and outside hitter Meagan Ernd played over the weekend. Brock, Passmore and Beasley all started the first contest against East Tennessee State for Chattanooga, while Parman, Teter and Ernd saw action in the second match of the day against Morehead State. Beasley recorded a double-double with 15 kills and 10 digs in the opening match, while Parman saved her best performance for James Madison posting 21 kills and 12 digs.