CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga volleyball team's spring practices are winding down with its annual Alumni Match set for Tuesday at 7 p.m. Six Alumni will be welcomed back to Maclellan Gym for the contest as they take on the current Lady Mocs in the squad's final tune-up of the spring in a best-of-five match.
Former Lady Mocs Kari Krouse, Laura Nethery, Lara Newberry, Jamie Engel, Sarah Bass and Cassie Conner will fill out the alumni team along with Erica Cowart.
The Lady Mocs went 2-1 in the squad's only spring tournament at Middle Tennessee sweeping Tennessee State and Austin Peay before dropping a tight final set to the hosts back on March 19. Each match was a best of three allowing for all teams to play one another.
Against the Tigers, Chattanooga swept Tennessee State, 25-13, 25-12, for its first victory as freshman Paula Passmore (Merritt Island, Fla.) dug up 13 attacks. Junior Courtney Barnes (Franklin, Tenn.) and freshman Meagan Ernd (Munster, Ind.) posted four kills, while junior Bailee Chastain (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) setup 14 kills. Freshman Christina Teter (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) blocked down four attacks in the match including two solo blocks.
In the second game of the day, the Lady Mocs took the first set against Austin Peay, 25-20, and fought for a 26-24 win in set two for the victory. The win gave the young Chattanooga squad confidence as the Lady Govs swept the Lady Mocs, 3-0, in the fall season during the home-opener on Sept. 11.
Leading the Chattanooga attack was Ernd registering eight kills, while classmate Heather Parman (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and junior Jessica Scott (Lawrence, Kan.) each totaled five more. Chastain tallied 22 assists and Passmore recorded 10 digs during the contest against the Lady Govs.
To end the afternoon, the Lady Mocs went toe-to-toe with Middle Tennessee dropping the first set, 18-25 , before coming back in the second set capturing a 27-25 triumph, but the Blue Raiders came away with a 11-15 victory in the finale.
Teter made her presence felt with four kills and two blocks in the second set win, while Ernd added four kills during the match. Setting up the offence was Chastain with 14 assists and Passmore dug up nine attacks pacing the defense.
The Lady Mocs were without the services of sophomore middle blocker Ellie Kuhn (San Antonio, Texas), who is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. Kuhn set the single-season block assist record for the Lady Mocs with 103.
In the fall, Chattanooga went 12-17 overall and 4-8 in the Southern Conference with only three upperclassmen on the squad. The Lady Mocs sprinted out to an 8-3 record, their best start since 1999.