Lady Mocs Fall in Dig Pink Match against Kennesaw State, 3-0
The Lady Mocs starting lineups during the national anthem with a decorated Maclellan Gym in the background.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga volleyball team played Wednesday's Dig Pink match for a good cause in breast cancer awareness, but made mistakes that Kennesaw State capitalized on for a 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-22) sweep. The Lady Mocs were paced by junior Courtney Barnes (Franklin, Tenn.) generating 14 kills as Chattanooga dropped to 11-12 and the Owls improved to 14-9.

With three block assists, sophomore middle blocker Ellie Kuhn (San Antonio, Texas) also added six kills totaling 82 block assists on the season and a tie for seventh with Julianna Martinez (2006) on the all-time season list.

Fourteen players saw action tonight for the Lady Mocs including freshman Christina Teter's (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) first start as well as Sarah Torgeson (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Erica Cowart (Chattanooga, Tenn.) seing the court. Notching five and four kills, respectively, sophomore right side Stephanie Harville (Morristown, Tenn.) and freshman outside hitter Megan Ernd (Munster, Ind.) added to Chattanooga's offensive effort.

Keeping the Lady Mocs offense on track was junior setter Bailee Chastain (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) with 29 assists, two kills and six digs. Once again, freshman libero Paula Passmore (Merritt Island, Fla.) tied a match-high with 14 digs, while sophomore outside hitter Laura Brock (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Ernd had seven digs each.

Chattanooga started the match playing well jumping out to a 17-11 advantage, but Kennesaw State battled back using a 7-1 run to tie the match at 18. The Owls continued their play closing out the first set with a 25-21 win. The Lady Mocs generated 14 kills, but nine errors really hurt the squad.

In the second set, Kennesaw State rolled to a 25-18 win hitting .333 with 13 kills and three errors, while Chattanooga managed just nine kills. The third set saw the Lady Mocs and Owls battle back and forth with 15 ties and seven lead changes, but when it counted with the score tied at 22, Kennesaw State scored the final three points of the match.

The match served as the Lady Mocs annual Dig Pink match recognizing breast cancer awareness with proceeds benefiting the Side-Out Foundation. The foundations initiative is to raise money towards breast cancer research.

The Lady Mocs are back in action this weekend in central North Carolina with matches against UNC Greensboro and Elon. First serve for the contest with the Spartans Saturday is set for 5 p.m., while Chattanooga travels to Elon the next day for a 1 p.m. match. Chattanooga returns to Maclellan Gym finishing off the home slate on Nov. 7-8 against Western Carolina and Appalachian State.

  Kennesaw State def. Chattanooga 25-21,25-18,25-22

  Kennesaw State (14-9, 8-7 A-SUN) (Kills-aces-blocks) - GULLEY, Sabrita
  16-2-1; DENESHA, Chelsey 10-3-3; KNIGHT, Holly 5-1-4; CHURCHWELL,
  Callie 4-0-3; KOSTIC, Maja 4-0-1; HOYT, Grace 3-0-1; FREDERICK, Ginny
  3-0-1; O'LEARY, Selina 0-1-0; Totals 45-7-8.0. (Assists) - ALBRIGHT,
  Rachael 20; FREDERICK, Ginny 15. (Dig leaders) - O'LEARY, Selina 14;
  GULLEY, Sabrita 11; DENESHA, Chelsey 11; ALBRIGHT, Rachael 11

  Chattanooga (11-13, 3-8 SOCON) (Kills-aces-blocks) - BARNES, Courtney
  14-2-1; KUHN, Ellie 6-0-3; HARVILLE, Stephanie 5-0-2; ERND, Meagan
  4-0-0; CHASTAIN, Bailee 2-1-1; BROCK, Laura 2-0-1; PARMAN, Heather
  1-2-0; BEASLEY, Kirsten 1-0-0; TETER, Christina 1-0-0; PASSMORE, Paula
  0-1-0; Totals 36-6-4.0. (Assists) - CHASTAIN, Bailee 29. (Dig leaders)
  - PASSMORE, Paula 14; BROCK, Laura 7

  Site: Chattanooga, Tenn. (Maclellan Gym)
  Date: Oct 28, 2009   Attend: 320   Time: 1:17   
  Referees: Kelly Peterson, Greg Ramsey

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