Junior posted a double-double against Southern Rail Rival Samfordl
Samford (22-3, 9-2 SoCon)
Chattanooga (5-22, 3-9 SoCon)
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Junior outside Heather Parman (Ooltewah, Tenn.) registered her 11th career double-double and third this season with 11 kills and 13 digs as the Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team won the second set in a 3-1 (25-12, 19-25, 25-16, 25-15) loss to Samford, who is currently in first place of the Southern Conference North Division.
"Playing all-the-way around is something I really enjoy because if I am not playing well in the front row," said Parman. "Then I have an opportunity to make up for it by making great digs and providing an aggressive serve. Tonight, our defense was able to pick up some hard driven balls, which is an area that we have been working on."
Along with Parman, sophomore outside Jennifer Kuroski (Acworth, Ga.) also totaled 11 kills in the match for Chattanooga (5-22, 3-8 SoCon). Registering 10 kills was junior middle blocker Christina Teter (Signal Mountain, Tenn.), while sophomore Aneisha Christie (Alpharetta, Ga.) added six against Samford (22-3, 9-3 SoCon).
"We need our outsides to have an efficiency percentage of around 200, and Heather was just off of that," said head coach Travis Filar. "When Heather decides to stay aggressive with her swings, she can be very successful, but she had a great all-around night."
The Mocs offense was set up by sophomore Bridget Camacho (Cumming, Ga.) with 32 assists along with contributing three kills in the Southern Rail Rivalry.
Leading the Chattanooga back row was freshman libero Melissa Green (Boca Raton, Fla.), who tied a match-high 17 digs along with the Bulldogs' Chelsi Carter. Kuroski contributed six digs and sophomore defensive specialist Andrea Johnson (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) had five.
"I said going into this week to the team that we are going to face the two best teams [Furman and Samford] in the conference at this point," said Filar. "They are currently playing the most consistent volleyball. When Samford is on and in system, they have a very aggressive and potent offense. Every single one of their hitters can have big nights."
Samford was paced by Michaela Reesor with 16 kills, while Katie Murphy and Elizabeth Neisler each totaled 12. Setter Casey Garvey tallied 47 assists and 11 digs for a double-double.
The match began with the two teams trading the first 12 points in the first set before Samford jumped out to a 17-8 advantage and went on to close out the set, 25-12.
Chattanooga continued to fight and opened the second frame with a 7-3 aided by kills from Teter and Christie along with capitalizing on a series of Samford mistakes.
From there the Bulldogs came back to within three, 13-10. An opposing service error began a 7-2 run for the Mocs to close out the set, 25-19 as Teter and Camacho added kills.
"We were able to sustain the lead because we didn't give our opponents points and sided out quickly," said Filar. "We sided out at 80 percent, which is the best that we have done this season. Our passing was solid, but our hitters were taking care of the ball, while making aggressive swings."
The Mocs were out-killed by the Bulldogs, 12-11, in the frame, but were very efficient commiting just three mistakes to the eight by their opponent. Siding out 16 out of 20 opportunities also provided Chattanooga to be successful as five players recorded atleast one kill.
"I felt like we made a lot of mistakes in the first set," said Filar. "We understood and learned from that in the second set. We had some great success in getting our opponent of system, but also not giving them points.
Coming out of the intermission, Samford took control of the match opening with a 6-1 run. The Mocs would cut the lead to three, 9-6, on a killy by Kuroski, but Samford would go on to take the third set, 25-16.
"This is where we have to grow because it is the learning curve," said Filar. "We have to understand what has been successful and continue to do it. We completely went away from what provided us success in the second set. We started to challenge their block and made a lot of unforced errors in the third and fourth sets.
Chattanooga did register 13 kills as Kuroski, Parman and Teter had four each, but were hindered by 11 errors.
"We just have to come out with consistency and play the same way that we did in the second set throughout the match," added Parman.
During the fourth set, Chattanooga used an ace from Teter to cut the score to one, 7-6, but the Bulldogs went on a 6-2 run and did not look back in closing out the match, 25-15.
The Mocs return to the court on Nov. 3-4 traveling to UNCG and Elon. Chattanooga battles the Spartans Friday at 6 p.m. before facing the Phoenix the following day at 7 p.m.