Volleyball Faces Difficult Road Test At Davidson, Georgia Southern

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team completed a four-match homestand with a 3-1 mark in Southern Conference contests and hits the road this weekend to continue battling for a spot in the SoCon Championship. The Mocs are at Davidson on Saturday for a 2 p.m. match and travel to Georgia Southern on Sunday with the first serve of the contest at 2 p.m.

Fans can follow the action for free with live stats and an audio broadcast for each match of the road trip. Video is available for both contests with the Georgia Southern match being apart of the subscription package for MocsVision, while Davidsion is pay-per-view. All the links can be found on the volleyball schedule page of GoMocs.com

The "Get To Know" series continues with junior outside Heather Parman (Ooltewah, Tenn.), who provided some video insight into some of her off-court interests. Head Coach Travis Filar also discussed the importance of the Ooltewah, Tenn., native to the team and how she has been able to use volleyball to overcome some difficult circumstances earlier this season. A link to an indepth article titled, "A Father's Will" written by Jeremy Acree at Nooga.com can be found at the top of the page or here.

Chattanooga hosts two-mid-week SoCon matches against Furman and Samford on Oct. 27-28 at Maclellan Gym. Both of those matches will have live video through MocsVision.

GAME #24 | CHATTANOOGA (5-18-3-5 SOCON) AT DAVIDSON (12-9, 2-6 SOCON)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 | 2 P.M. | JOHN M. BELK ARENA | DAVIDSON, N.C.

Mocs all-time vs. Davidson: 19-19
Series History: Chattanooga evened up the series at 19-all with a 3-1 win last year at Maclellan Gym. Over the past nine regular season meetings, the home team has won the match in either four or five sets.
Scouting Report: The Wildcats have defeated Wofford and The Citadel so far in conference play. Davidson has notable victories over Mercer, UNC Wilmington, UNC Asheville, Gardner Webb  and Wright State. Caroline Brown leads the offense attack with 3.97 kills per set, while Christine Perzinski and Tindall Sewell have contributed 2.34 and 2.49, respectively. Running the offense is Ariel LEy with 10.42 assists per set. The defense is paced by Molly Crenshaw with 4.73 digs per set. Head coach Chris Willis is currently in he first season guiding the Davidson program.

GAME #25 | CHATTANOOGA (5-18, 3-5 SOCON) AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN (13-11, 5-3 SOCON)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 | 2 P.M. | HANNER FIELDHOUSE | STATESBORO, GA.

Mocs all-time vs. Georgia Southern: 23-16
Series History: Georgia Southern has captured the last two matchups before that Chattanooga took seven of eight meetings. The longest streak in the all-time series favors the Mocs with a 13-2 run from 1995-2000.
Scouting Report: The Eagles have posted victories over Wofford, Furman, The Citadel, Davidson and Elon in the conference, while picking up non-conference wins over Jacksonville, Mercer, Presbyterian, Ohio, Georgia State and North Florida. Pacing the attack up front is Bethany Sanford with 3.24 kills per set. Kate Van Dyke runs the offense compiled a 10.19 assists-per-set average. Heading up the efforts in the back row is Lauren LaRoque with 3.73 digs per set. Leading the Eagles for the past three seasons has been head coach Chad Callihan.

LAST TIME OUT

The Mocs concluded the non-conference portion of their schedule on Oct. 18 with a 3-1 loss at Mercer. Junior libero Paula Passmore posted her second 30-dig match of the season with 31 against the Bears. Sophomore outside Jennifer Kuroski led all players with 14 kills, while junior Christina Teter notched 11. Chattanooga dropped the first two sets before using a 16-4 run to end the third set, 25-20, and force a fourth frame. Mercer closed out the match with a 25-22 victory.

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 her third-straight double-double on Oct. 15 against College of Charleston.  She tallied a career-best 52 assists and added 11 digs. Last weekend, sophomore setter Bridget Camacho 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. She has a total of four on the season and six in her career.

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. She then added 11 kills at Mercer. The Signal Mountain, Tenn., native has posted double-digit kills in 16 matches this season, while hitting at a .315 clip. She additionally leads the blocking game with a 0.74 per set average and has tallied 23 solo blocks on the season.

KUROSKI ON THE OUTSIDE

The Acworth, Ga., native has posted at least 10 kills in 15 of the past 17 matches for Chattanooga. Kuroski posted 14 kills on Oct. 15 against College of Charleston and Oct. 18 at Mercer. She registered a career-best 25 kills in a four-set contest vs. Elon on Oct. 9, which was also her second career double-double adding 14 digs. She has been turned into an all-around player for the Mocs.

MOVING UP THE ALL-TIME CHARTS

Last weekend, Passmore registered 31 digs, her second 30-dig match of the season, at Mercer and is currently in third place all-time in that category with 1,613 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 5.27.

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 fourth in digs at 15.93 per set. Ranking in a sixth in kills per set is Kuroski at 3.21 and eighth is Teter at 3.06, while Camacho has a 9.05 assists-per-set average, coming in fourth in that category. Teter also ranks  seventh in hitting pct., at .315. Passmore is leads the league with 4.86 digs per set.

EARNING A SPLIT ON OCT. 15-16

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.

OPENING HOMESTAND WITH TWO WINS

Chattanooga knocked off UNCG and Elon on Oct. 8-9 at Maclellan Gym. Kuroski posted 15 kills against the Spartans and followed that up with her second career double-double with a career-best 25 kills and 14 digs. Stepping up offensively was Talley with 14 kills, .481 attacking pct. and four blocks against UNCG. The consistent presence of Teter in the middle provided a match-high 16 kills against the Spartans and 11 vs. the Phoenix.

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. 

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