CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team welcomes Furman on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Samford on Friday at 7 p.m. to the Scenic City. The pair of Southern Conference matches will be played at Maclellan Gym.
An alert to fans attending the matches, be sure to arrive early to secure parking as an event, "Disney on Ice," will begin at 7 p.m. on both nights at adjacent McKenzie Arena.
Fans unable to attend the match can follow along with live stats and a subscription video broadcast through MocsVision. Links to both live events can be found on the volleyball schedule page of GoMocs.com
This week's edition of "Get to Know" is with junior outside Meagan Ernd (Munster, Ind.). The season-long video series provides insight on the student-athletes from the volleyball team along with comments from head coach Travis Filar.
Chattanooga is back in action on Nov. 4-5 traveling to Greensboro, N.C. The Mocs will battle UNCG on Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. before facing Elon on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27 | 7 P.M. | MACLELLAN GYM | CHATTANOOGA, TENN.
Mocs all-time vs. Furman: 20-34
Series History: Both teams have met every year since the Mocs began playing volleyball in 1984. The Paladins have dominated the series recently holding a 14-2 record since 2001. The past three meetings at Maclellan Gym have gone four and five (twice) sets.
Scouting Report: The Paladins have picked up league victories against Davidson, Samford, Wofford, Coll. of Charleston, The Citadel, Western Carolina, UNCG and Elon. Included in the the non-conference wins for Furman are Wisconsin, Presbyterian, Florida Gulf Coast, Campbell and Charlotte. The offense is paced by Chandler Ambrester with 2.93 kills per set, while Caroline Adams, Natalie Braun and Kelly Kirby have each achieved 2.00 averages. The duo of Braun and Kirbey have combined to record 10.68 assists per set. Leading the defense is Carolyn Nicoletti with 4.16 digs per set, while Alexis Shaffer has blocked down 0.93 attacks per set. Head Coach Michelle Young has been guiding the Paladins program for the past 11 season and Mocs Head Coach Travis Filar served on her staff as an assistant from 2001-02.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 | 7 P.M. | MACLELLAN GYM | CHATTANOOGA, TENN.
Mocs all-time vs. Samford: 11-16
Series History: The Bulldogs won the first matchup of the Southern Rail Rivalry this season, 3-0. Chattanooga did capture its first SoCon win over Samford in 2010, a 3-1 win, in Birmingham. Prior to that the Bulldogs rattled off eight-straight wins dating back to 2004.
Scouting Report: The Bulldogs have won seven-straight SoCon matches over the Mocs, UNCG, Elon, Coll. of Charleston, The Citadel, Davidson and Georgia Southern, only dropping two sets in the process. Notable wins have been picked up over Stetson, Georgia Tech, Mercer, Louisiana Tech, Alabama and Troy. Samford leads the conference in hitting pct. (.292), kills (14.49), assists (13.11) and blocks (2.14). The offensive duo of Lauren Hutchinson (.449) and Katie Murphy (.437) lead the nation in hitting percentage. Elizabeth Neisler paces the league in kills per set at 4.14 and ranks 36th nationally. Heading up the defensive effort is Alexis Bauer with 4.35 digs per set, while Hutchinson has blocked 1.02 attacks per set. Head coach Derek Shroeder is in his fourth season leading the Bulldogs.
LAST TIME OUT
Chattanooga suffered two straight-set defeats at Davidson and Georgia Southern on Oct. 22-23. Junior middle blocker Christina Teter posted a match-high 12 kills for the MOcs, while sophomore setter Bridget Camacho registered 31 assists against the Wildcats. The following day against the Eagles junior outside Jennifer Kuroski paced the offense with 10 kills, while freshman libero Melissa Green recorded 22 digs.
CLOSING OUT NON-CONFERENCE ACTION
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.
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.
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 and 12 at Davidson. The Signal Mountain, Tenn., native has posted double-digit kills in 17 matches this season, while hitting at a .308 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 16 of the past 18 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 fifth in aces with 1.34 and sixth in digs at 15.63 per set. Ranking in a sixth in kills per set is Kuroski at 3.18 and eighth is Teter at 3.03, while Camacho has a 8.94 assists-per-set average, coming in fourth in that category. Teter also ranks ninth in hitting pct., at .308. 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.