Davidson (16-17, 7-9 SoCon)
Chattanooga (12-20, 7-9 SoCon)
- Senior middle blocker Courtney Barnes finished her career with 822 kills (2.43 per set), 262 digs and 270 total blocks (57+213). She ended her career second all-tim in hitting percentage at .312.
- Senior Bailee Chastain is seventh all-time in asists with 1940 during her four-year career. She recorded 603 digs (2.04 per set) and 90 blocks.
- Senior right side Jessica Scott ended her four-year career with 414 kills, 1114 assists, 514 digs (1.73) and 103 total blocks.
- Junior Ellie Kuhn registered 99 block assists, third all-time at Chattanooga. She set the record in 2009 with 103. Kuhn recorded the seventh best blocks per set in a season at 0.96 and ninth in total blocks at 114.
- Sophomore libero Paula Passmroe completed the season with 654 digs, a 5.45 average, which is sixth all-time for UTC. She is eight all-time in digs with 1200 and second in average at 5.43.
"It is always fun on senior day to win," said head coach Lisa Rhodes. "I think Jessica Scott played phenomenally. It was nice to see her play the way she did on the front line. It is always more fun when you win and we beat a good Davidson team."
Leading the match with 14 kills and a .500 hitting percentage, Scott had one of the matches of her career as she also recorded seven digs and four assisted blocks. Fellow classmate Barnes registered 10 kills along with two blocks.
"It will be tough to replace those three seniors," said Rhodes reflecting on their careers. "Because they are all overachievers in every way. They work hard both in the classroom and on the court. They have been very dependable, loyal and consistent and just have been a joy to coach."
Throughout the match, Chastain was able to distribute the ball on the attack as four players recorded at least 10 kills. Along with Scott. Barnes and Parman, sophomore outside Meagan Ernd reached 10 kills with just a single mistake for a.391 percentage.
"Bailee is a utility player for sure and can do it all," said Rhodes. "They had a hard time with her serve. She picked up some balls and her net play was amazing. She remained calm, ran the offense and found the right hitters that could the ball down."
Chattanooga totaled 10 blocks with junior Ellie Kuhn (San Antonio, Texas) leading the way with eight including two solo.
Sophomore libero Paula Passmore (Merrit Island, Fla.) paced the match with 19 digs and was one of three players to record two service aces including freshman Andrea Johnson (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) and Chastain.
A key to the match was the Lady Mocs ability to contain Davidson's (16-16, 7-9 SoCon) Sarah Beth Peele, who leads the conference in kills. Chattanooga forced her into 12 kills with blocks and sound defense, but the smart hitter was able to come away with 11 kills for the match increasing her season total to 411.
"It is emotional and very surreal," said Chastain about senior night. "It is surreal counting down the days because we knew that this would be our last game. Knowing that it is your last game in a sport that you played for 10-15 years is very surreal. It is a mixture of emotions. I am happy that we ended on a win, but I am sad that I don't get to play the game I love and be around the team anymore. I am excited the future and starting a new chapter in my life."
After a ceremony honoring the three senior's four-year careers, the Lady Mocs came out firing to take a 2-0 lead in the first set. The Wildcats proved to be tough tying the match at seven before Chattanooga pulled away on kills by Ernd (2) and Chastain before a service ace from Passmore provided it with a 13-8 advantage.
"We started off really strong, which was really good to see," said Scott, who led the match with 14 kills. "We were excited and ready to go from the start."
The Lady Mocs stretched their lead to 21-11 scoring on seven-straight rallies as Scott capped it off with a kill as the team would go on to take a 1-0 lead in the match , 25-14.
"I was excited that Jess [Scott] had a good game," said Chastain. "For Jess to have one of the games of her career, I think that is what senior day is all about."
Beginning the second set was Chattanooga with a 4-2 advantage on a block by Scott and Kuhn. Davidson would fight back though and tie the set at 9 and 10. Once again, Chattanooga rallied to a 14-10 lead on kills be Scott, Kuhn and Ernd and finished on a block by Scott and Kuhn.
A kill by Scott put the Lady Mocs on top, 22-16, and Chattanooga would close out the set, 25-18, to take a 2-0 lead into intermission. There were seven ties and four lead changes through the first two frames.
"It was perseverance and you can use that through all aspects of life," said Barnes discussing her slow start. "Bailee did a good job of mixing up sets. When they were stuck on me, Megan [Ernd] or Heather [Parman] would get a kill on the outside, which would in turn open me back up."
The third stanza saw Davidson come out firing on all cylinders as they took a 7-3 lead. The Lady Mocs battled back in tying it at nine before the Wildcats stretched their lead to four, 13-9. Davidson would continue building on its lead and take the set 25-18.
"I give Davidson credit because they picked up their play in the third set," said Rhodes. "We had a lot harder time putting the ball on the floor. I am just proud of the team for finishing the match in four and I think that speaks a lot for how far we have come."
As the fourth frame began, all Chattanooga had to do for motivation in closing out a match was to look back on its last home match as UNCG took the final three sets for a five-set win. Strong serving from Chastain gave the Lady Mocs a 4-0 lead, but the Wildcats would tie it at four.
The teams battled back and forth as the lead did not stretch to more than two until a kill by Ernd gave Chattanooga a 16-13 advantage. With a 19-16 lead, the Lady Mocs closed on the set scoring on sisx of the final seven rallies. Barnes put an exclamation mark on her career with back-to-back kills to end the match, 25-17.
Chattanooga closed its season on Saturday night as they fall one game shy of following Davidson to the SoCon Championship in Boone, N.C. next weekend. The Lady Mocs look forward to their preparations in the spring and get ready for the 2011 season.