CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga volleyball team closes its season on Saturday with a 6 p.m. match against Davidson. Prior to the event, the Lady Mocs will recognize its three seniors Courtney Barnes (Franklin, Tenn.), Bailee Chastain (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Jessica Scott (Lawrence, Kan.), who have been tremendous players for head coach Lisa Rhodes on the court and in the classroom.
A link to live scoring can be found through the volleyball schedule page at GoMocs.com, while Chattanooga All-Access will have a video webstream of the event.
Barnes has been a consistent presence at the net for Chattanooga during her four-year career and ranked second all-time at UTC in hitting at .313. The middle blocker has posted 812 kills in her career and ranks among the top ten the three blocking categories with 268. The Franklin, Tenn., native was named the ESPN Academic All-District IV First Team and is nominated to be on the Academic All-American team. It was her third all-district honor after being selected to the second team as a sophomore and third team as a junior.
A Chattanooga, Tenn., native, Chastain is ranked seventh all-time with 1900 assists as a setter. She has been a team player during her time with the Lady Mocs and saw immediate playing time as a freshman registering 11.48 assists per set after stepping in following a couple injuries. This season, Chastain has recorded 673 assists along with recording the second-highest digs per set average at 2.14.
On the right side, Scott has compiled 400 kills and 207 digs during her four-year career. The Lawrence, Kan., native played in front of her hometown earlier this season as the Lady Mocs attended the Jayhawk Classic. She has posted a big block on the right side entering the weekend with 99.
All three seniors have been recognized to the Southern Conference Academic Team following the last two seasons.
Saturday's match is the final for the Lady Mocs as they fell just short in qualifying for the Southern Conference Tournament in Boone, N.C., on Nov. 19-21.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13 | 6 P.M. | MACLELLAN GYM | CHATTANOOGA, TENN.
UTC all-time vs. Davidson: 18-19
Series History: The Lady Mocs are looking to tie the series up at 19-all, but Davidson has taken the three of the past four meetings with each match lasting atleast four sets. Chattanooga took nine of the first 14 meetings dating back to 1987.
Scouting Report: Davidson has defeated Wofford (2), Samford, Elon, The Citadel (2) and Western Carolina this season in Southern Confernce action. Prior to entering the conference slate, the Wildcats defeated UNC Asheville, Stetson, Canisius, Radford, Texas-Pan American, NC Central, NC A&T, Norfolk St. and Gardner-Webb. Sarabeth Peele leads the team and conference in kills per set with 3.54. Runing the offense is setter Hayley Lawson with 8.71 assists per set, while libero Jennifer Chamblee paces the defense with 3.84 digs per set. At the net, Madison and Jorden Benedict have compiled 0.73 and 0.72 blocks per set, respectively.
HONORING THREE SENIORS
Seniors Courtney Barnes, Bailee Chastain and Jessica Scott will play thier final match of their four-year careers against Davidson on Sunday. A middle blocker from Franklin, Tenn., Barnes, has been one of the most consistent players for the Lady Mocs compiling a .346 attacking percentage along with 812 kills, while blocking 268 attacks. Chastain, a setter from Chattanooga, Tenn., is currently seventh on the UTC all-time charts in assists with 1900 and holds the fifth-best single season assists per set mark wiht 11.48 in 2007. A native of Lawrence, Kan., Scott, has been a consistent presence on the right side for the Lady Mocs recording 200 kills and 507 digs in her career.
200TH SOCON VICTORY
With the 3-0 win at Western Carolina on Nov. 7, the Lady Mocs recorded thier 200th overall Southern Conference victory. Chattanooga has a 200-181 (.525) dating back to the program's start in 1983. Over that span, UTC has captured four SoCon titles. The Lady Mocs are just the third team to reach that mark, just behind Furman and Appalachian State.
BATTERING THE CATAMOUNTS
Following a tough 3-0 defeat at Appalachian State, the Lady Mocs responded with a sweep of Western Carolina. Barnes paced the team with 13 and did not make a mistake in compiling a .619 attacking percentage. Junior middle blocker Ellie Kuhn registered seven total blocks during the match, while sophomore right side Christina Teter had five. Leading the defense was sophomore libero Paula Passmore with 17 digs. Freshman Andrea Johnson earned her first career stats and posted nine digs.
BARNES NAMED ESPN ACADEMIC FIRST TEAM
Senior middle blocker Courtney Barnes was selected to the ESPN Academic All-District IV First Team voted upon by CoSIDA. This was the third time that Barnes has earned recognition, but the first team honors is her first. She leads the Lady Mocs with 2.33 kills per set, while hitting .337 percent, fourth in the SoCon. She has compiled a career percentage of .310, second all-time in Chattanooga history. The Franklin, Tenn., native paces the team with 20 solos blocks and is second with 87 total blocks. Barnes is now nominated for the ESPN Academic All-America Team set to be released on Nov. 22.
PASSMORE NEARING CAREER DIGS LIST
Passmore has recorded 607 digs this season is seventh all-time, just behind Dominique Mayor (2004) and Kylie Hunter (1991) tied for fifth at 609. Volunteer assistant coach Lara Newberry holds the top four marks with heir lowest total at 721 in 2006. In her two-year career, the Merritt Island, Fla., native has recorded 11153 passing Jenny Kulwinski (1996-99) at 1,116 for 10th all-time. She is currently leading the Southern Conference with 5.52 digs per set and ranks 11th nationally. Passmore is just six digs away of passing her career-mark set last season with 546.
BARNES OVER 800 KILLS
Barnes recorded her 800th kill on her first attempt against Western Carolina and now has 812 kills in her career. Barnes has compiled a .346 attacking percentage this season, which puts her 68th in the nation. In her career, Barnes has compiled a .313 hitting percentage passing Carmen Walker (1996-99) at .306 for second all-time. Myra Bullibeau (1983-84) is the leader with a .324 percentage.
CLIMBING THE CAREER CHARTS
Senior setter Bailee Chastain has registered 673 assists so far this season, totaling an even 1,900 in her career and passed Karen Tate (1986-89) at 1,896 with her 37-assist performance at Western Carolina. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native is now seventh on the UTC all-time assists charts abd Dina Parris (1984-87) is sixth all-time with 2,202.
MOVING UP THE BLOCK LIST
Barnes has passed LuAnn Spangler at 48 on the block solos career chart with 56, so she is now ninth all-time at Chattanooga and needs one more to move into eighth in fron ot Carol Reedus (1997-00). She has 268 total blocks and can move into six in total blocks with two against Davidson to pass Heather Strohl with 270. Next up on the chart is Julianna Martinez (2004-07) at 270. Barnes has also eighth with 212 block assists, just two behind Kuhn.
KUHN APPROACHES CAREER BLOCKS
Kuhn paces the team with 106 total blocks this season. She has compiled 249 in her career, eighth all-time, along with 209 blocks assists, which is seventh just infront of teammate Barnes. Kelly Ramsay (2002-05) is sixth on the block assists list with 222. Kuhn set the Chattanooga block assist record last season with 103 and would need 10 total blocks to tie that mark.