Junior Christina Teter posted a personal best 19 kills.
The Citadel (7-14, 0-8 SoCon)
Chattanooga (5-17, 3-5 SoCon)
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Junior middle blocker Christina Teter (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) provided the offense for the Chattanooga Mocs (5-17, 3-5 SoCon) volleyball team's sweep over The Citadel (7-14, 0-8 SoCon), 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-23), with a season-best 19 kills on Saturday afternoon at Maclellan Gym. Coming up one dig short of her fourth-straight double-double was sophomore setter Bridget Camacho (Cumming, Ga.), who also registered 38 assists.
"We knew that if we passed well our goal coming into this match was to get every single ball that we could to Travis Filar. "They led us in attempts, today, and Teter was a go-to attacker for us. She may not have felt like she played well, because she was not connecting on the ball like she sometimes does. She was very efficient for us in being smart and bettering the ball throughout the match."and Kasey Talley," said head coach
Posting nine kills was sophomore outside Jennifer Kuroski (Acworth, Ga.), while junior outside Heather Parman (Ooltewah, Tenn.) and freshman middle blocker Kasey Talley (Boiling Springs, S.C.) each contributed seven kills.
"Heather had a good weekend," said Filar. "She played all-the-way around, which is what we need from our outside hitters. On top of that, she was great from the service line. She may not have had as many aces as some of our other players had, but she was aggressive in helping to keep Charleston and The Citadel out of system."
Defensively, the Mocs totaled 42 digs and were led by junior libero Paula Passmore (Merritt Island, Fla.), who tallied a match-high 12. Adding nine and eight digs, respectively, were Camacho and Parman.
Chattanooga generated 45 kills, 42 assists and eight service aces, but The Citadel blocked down 10 attacks contributing to the 26 mistakes made by the Mocs.
The Bulldogs were led by Rachel Farrell with eight kills, while Alexa Dahlstrom recorded 20 assists. Farrell also dug up 11 attacks and the duo of Kaona Mercer and Kathryn Johnson tallied six assisted blocks.
In the first set, both teams fought for the first 26 points with the frame tied at 13. Following a timeout, Chattanooga went on a 12-6 run to close out the set, 25-19, aided by five kills from Teter. The Mocs hit 13 kills in the set lead by eight from Teter.
"We did start off a little flat and the effort and discipline that we showed last night was not there," said Filar. "There were definitely some areas that we could have been better today, but we were able to focus at critical times."
During the second frame, Chattanooga used a 9-3 run to take a 14-7 lead on two aces from Passmore along with two kills from Kuroski and Talley. The Mocs built their lead to 18-12 before the Bulldogs began a comeback to knot the set at 21. Teter notched three kills and Parman added one to allow Chattanooga to close out the frame, 25-23, and take a 2-0 lead into the intermission.
Opening with a 7-3 lead was the Mocs in the third set, but The Citadel came back to tie it at 10. Both teams exchanged rallies until the Mocs 11-2 run enabled them to take a 23-15 lead on the strong serving from sophomore Andrea Johnson (Soddy Daisey, Tenn.), Parman and Passmore. Chattanooga allowed their opponent to rally within one point before two kills by Talley ended the match, 25-23.
"Kasey is going to learn that because she has been so effective for us that teams are going to scout us," said Filar. "They are going to watch, prepare and expect the ball to go to her, so she is going to see a lot more double blocks like Teter has seen this year. She is still learning how to adjust to that and learn to get kills without making errors."
Chattanooga heads to Mercer on Tuesday for its final non-conference match of the season with the first serve set for 6 p.m. The Mocs then return to Southern Conference action by facing south division foes, Davidson and Georgia Southern, on the road.
"I challenged the team to come out and get a good practice in tomorrow," said Filar. "Tuesday's match is an opportunity for us to get better because we have a huge weekend ahead for us. We play two south division opponents, so we only see them once."