CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team heads to Mercer on Tuesday for a mid-week match that is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. This is the final non-conference match for the Mocs before returning to their SoCon schedule with eight matches over the next four weeks.
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Chattanooga is off to Davidson and Georgia Southern this weekend. The Mocs face the Wildcats on Saturday at 2 p.m. and continue thier trip with a 2 p.m. match on Sunday against the Eagles.
Mocs all-time vs. Mercer: 10-7
Series History: Mercer swept the Mocs earlier this season at Maclellan Gym. Chattanooga won the first six meetings from 1982-93, while the past four meetings entering the season have been split.
Scouting Report: The Bears defeated Savanah State over the weekend after knocking off Stetson on Oct. 8. Mercer has knocked off Florida A&M, Georgia State, Georgia, Norfolk State and Savannah State so far this season. Pacing the offense is Jennifer Katona with 2.36 kills per set, while the duo of Madeline Dolney and Madison Petsos have combined to average 11.07 assists per set. Charlotte Harris leads the defense with 4.22 digs per set, while Petsos has blocked down 1.25 attacks per set. Head coach Noelle Rooke is in her eighth season guiding the Mercer program.
LAST TIME OUT
Chattanooga earned a home-split defeating The Citadel, 3-0, and falling to College of Charleston, 3-1. The Mocs played one of their best matches of the season against the Cougars, who won the third (28-26) and fourth (25-23) sets in a tightly contested match. Freshman Kasey Talley posted a season-high 16 kills in the contest, while juniors Christina Teter and Heather Parman and sophomore Jennifer Kuroski hit double figures in kills. Chattanooga dug up 70 attacks in the match fighting for every ball as four Mocs hit double digits in digs. Teter powered the offense with 19 kills in the sweep of The Citadel as the Mocs stayed in the North Division race.
RIGHT BACK IN SOCON NORTH RACE
On of the primary goals for Chattanooga this season was to compete in the Southern Conference Championship. A 3-1 homestand certainly gave the Mocs an opportunity to do just that as the top four of the two six-team division head to Birmingham, Ala., on Nov. 19-21. The Mocs are currently tied with Elon at 3-5, while Western Carolina and UNCG are in a deadlock for third in the division at 4-4.
CAMACHO POSTS FOURTH DOUBLE-DOUBLE
The Cumming, Ga., native notched third-straight double-double on Oct. 15 against College of Charleston. She tallied a career-best 52 assists and added 11 digs. Last weekend, she tallied 43 assists in both matches against UNCG and Elon, while totaling 11 and 13 digs, respectively. The first double this year for Camacho included 45 assists and 11 digs at Western Carolina.
EFFICIENT FROM THE MIDDLE
Teter has been a force for opponents in the middle of the Mocs offense and posted a career-best 19 kills (6.33 per set) in three sets against The Citadel on Oct. 16. The Signal Mountain, Tenn., native has posted double-digit kills in 13 matches this season, while hitting at a .324 clip. She additionally leads the blocking game with a 0.74 per set average and has tallied 22 solo blocks on the season.
MOVING UP THE ALL-TIME CHARTS
Passmore tallied another 30 digs last weekend against the Cougars and Bulldogs and is currently third place all-time in that category with 1,582 digs. Ahead of her is Kari Krouse (2000-03) with 1,769 and NCAA record holder Lara Newberry with 3,176. Passmore is also second on the career digs per set list at 5.26.
KUROSKI ON THE OUTSIDE
The Acworth, Ga., native has posted at least 10 kills in 14 of the past 16 matches for Chattanooga. Kuroski posted 14 kills on Oct. 15 against College of Charleston. She registered a career-best 25 kills in a four-set contest vs. Elon on Oct. 9. It was also her second career double-double adding 14 digs. She has been strong in SoCon play hitting double figures in each match and has turned into an all-around player for the Mocs.
MOCS IN SOCON RANKINGS
As a team, Chattanooga ranks seventh in the conference with 1.69 blocks per set. The Mocs are also sixth in aces with 1.36 and sixth in digs at 15.77 per set. Ranking in a sixth in kills per set is Kuroski at 3.20 and eighth is Teter at 3.07, while Camacho has an 9.04 assists-per-set average. coming in fourth in that category. Teter also ranks seventh in hitting pct., at .324. Passmore is third in the league with 4.72 digs per set.
Junior libero Paula Passmore did have 27 digs against Elon, but there was a ton of help from her teammates as the Mocs dug up 86 attacks. Sophomore Andrea Johnson posted a career-best 14 digs along with Kuroski, while sophomore setter Bridget Camacho registered 13. It was a similar story against the Spartans with Passsmore, Camacho and freshman Melissa Green each recording double-digits.
MOVING UP THE ALL-TIME CHARTS
Last weekend, Passmore registered 49 digs and moved into third place all-time in that category with 1,552 digs. Ahead of her is Kari Krouse (2000-03) with 1,769 and NCAA record holder Lara Newberry with 3,176. Passmore is also second on the career digs per set list at 5.26.
KUHN OUT FOR SEASON
Senior middle blocker Ellie Kuhn suffered a knee injury at the Country Inns & Suites Invitational against East Tennessee State. The San Antonio, Texas native had surgery at the end of September and should be back on the court for the Mocs during spring practice .
SOUTHERN RAIL RIVALRY
In 2010, the Chattanooga and Samford athletic departments began the Southern Rail Rivalry. The Mocs took the inaugural competition, 17-13, as the men's and women's golf teams placed higher than the Bulldogs at the SoCon Championships to break the 13-all deadlock. Chattanooga captured four points in football and two wins by men's basketball. Men's cross county and softball also picked up two points for the Mocs, while volleyball added one point with its 3-1 win at Samford last year.
TOUGH START TO SOCON ACTION
Chattanooga opened the SoCon slate with a heartbreaking loss to Western Carolina on Sept. 24. The Mocs took the first set 25-20 and earned a 20-13 lead in the second frame before Western Carolina stole the momentum with a 25-22 victory to even the match at one. The Catamounts would go on to secure 25-18 and 25-20 victories in recording a 3-1 win. The Mocs competed point-for-point against the Mountaineers on Saturday falling 25-20 and 25-22 prior to the intermission. Appalachian State put Chattanooga away quickly in the third frame 25-13.
LEADING THE MOCS SEPT. 24-25
Kuroski totaled a match-high 15 kills, while freshman outside Jessi Blackstock and junior middle blocker Christina Teter registered 13 and 12, respectively. Passmore led all player with 26 digs, while sophomore Bridget Camacho notched her fourth career double-double with 45 assists and 11 digs. Once again, Kuroski led the Mocs and match with 13 kills against the Mountaineers. Chattanooga did out-block Appalachian State 9-to-8 during the match.
BACK ON TRACK
The Mocs snapped an 11-match losing streak sweeping Alabama A&M on Sept. 20 in Normal, Ala. Teter had a golden hand during the contest registering as season-high 15 kills on one mistake for a career-best .737 attacking pct. The sweep was the first this season for Chattanooga.
FIRST-YEAR COACHES OPEN CONFERENCE PLAY
Four coaches including Mocs head coach Travis Filar made their SoCon debuts beginning on Sept. 22 with Davidson's Chris Wills falling to Furman, 3-1. Amir Khaledi opened his team's play with a 3-1 loss to College of Charleston the following day. Filar went up against Western Carolina's first-year head coach Karen Glover, who picked up the first win, 3-1, of the season for this group. Davidson also knocked off Wofford in five sets on Saturday as Willis registered a SoCon victory. Filar picked up his first SoCon win against UNCG on Oct. 8, while Khaledi is still seeking that elusive first league win.