CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga volleyball completes its regular season by hosting Appalachian State and Western Carolina this weekend at Maclellan Gym. Chattanooga welcomes the Mountaineers to the Scenic City on Saturday night at 7 p.m. before battling the Catamounts the following day at 3 p.m.
All home matches at Macllelan Gym is free and parking can be found in the garage off of fourth street or the adjacent lots at McKenzie Arena.
Fans away from Chattanooga can follow all the action with live statistics and subscription-based video through MocsVision with links available on the volleyball schedule page.
Senior middle blocker Ellie Kuhn (San Antonio, Texas) is the final student-athlete to be profiled on the "Get to Know" series. Kuhn suffered a season-ending knee injury against East Tennessee State on Sept. 9 and will apply for a medical redshirt following the campaign. The video that can be accessed at the top of the page provides insight on Kuhn as well as comments from head coach Travis Filar.
These matches concludes the regular season for the volleyball team as only the top four teams in each division will play for the SoCon Championship on Nov. 19-21 in Birmingham, Ala.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | 7 P.M. | MACLELLAN GYM | CHATTANOOGA, TENN.
Mocs all-time vs. Appalachian State: 24-7
Series History: A season ago the two schools split the series and dating back to 2003, neither team has swept the two annual meetings. Appalachian State swept the first matchup of the season in Sept. The Mountaineers do have a 29-19 lead in SoCon matches.
Scouting Report: Appalachian State comes in with 10 league victories and second place in the SoCon North Division. The offense is paced by Ana Wager with 3.22 kills per set, while Meghann Forshey, Maggie Seeds, Kelley Rein and Allison Blassingame have contributed at least 2.00. Running the offense is the duo of Kasey Sauls and Lauren Brown, who have combined to compile 11.56 assists per set. Leading the back row is libero Courney Rhein with 4.80 digs per set. Blassingame has been active at the net blocking down 1.02 attackss per set. Head Coach Matt Ginipro has led the Mountaineer program for the past four seasons.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 | 3 P.M. | MACLELLAN GYM | CHATTANOOGA, TENN.
Mocs all-time vs. Western Carolina: 33-30
Series History: Chattanooga hold a three-match lead over the Catamounts with the series being dominated by the home team. The home team is 18-10 in each venue. The Mocs won straight 11 meetings before Western Carolina captured a 3-1 decision in Sept.
Scouting Report: The Catamounts come into the weekend at fourth in the SoCon North Division with a 7-7 mark in the conference including victories over the Mocs, UNCG, Davidson, Wofford, The Citadel, Elon and Appalachian State. Notable non-conference wins have been against Campbell, UNCG Asheville and Gardner-Webb. Caitlin Piechota and Carrie Minogue lead the offensive attack with 2.64 and 2.26 kills per set, respectively. The offense is setup by Brittany Lysik, who has totaled 8.70 assists per set. Defensively, libero Morgan Cochran paces the team with 4.66 digs per set, while Minogue has blocked down 0.74 attacks per set. Head Coach Karen Glover is in her first season guiding the Catamount program.
LAST TIME OUT
The Mocs headed to North Carolina for matches against Elon and UNCG on Nov. 4-5. Junior outside Heather Parman paced the offense in both matches tallying a match-high 13 kills at Elon and 11 kills at UNCG. Chattanooga dropped both matches in straight sets, but were battling their opponent to the end of the first two frames in each match including a 26-24 heartbreaking defeat to open the weekend agains the Spartans. Sophomore outside Jennifer Kuroski tied her career-best with 14 digs against the Phoenix.
FIRST-YEAR COACHES IN THE SOCON
Four coaches including Mocs head coach Travis Filar made their SoCon debuts this season. Western Carolina's Karen Glover, Davidson's Chris Wills and The Citadel's Amir Khaledi also took over their respective program in 2011. Willis and Glover notched the first win of the bunch with 3-2 and 3-1 victories respectively to open league play on Sept. 24. The only first-year coach to sweep a SoCon weekend was Filar on Oct. 8-9 as the Mocs defeated UNCG, 3-2, and Elon, 3-1. Khaledi picked up his first win in league play on Nov. 3 against Wofford. Davidson and Western Carolina are still fighting for a berth in the SoCon Championships on Nov. 19-21 in Birmingham, Ala.
KUROSKI ON THE OUTSIDE
The Acworth, Ga., native has posted at least 10 kills in 17 of the past 19 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.
EFFICIENT FROM THE MIDDLE
Junior middle blocker Christina 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 18 matches this season, while hitting at a .297 clip. She additionally leads the blocking game with a 0.72 per set average and has tallied 23 solo blocks on the season.
CAMACHO POSTS FOURTH DOUBLE-DOUBLE
The Cumming, Ga., native notched her third-straight double-double on Oct. 15 against College of Charleston. Sophomore setter Bridget Camacho tallied a career-best 52 assists and added 11 digs. On Oct. 8-9, she registered 43 assists in both matches against UNCG and Elon, while totaling 11 and 13 digs, respectively. The first double-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.
MOVING UP THE ALL-TIME CHARTS
On Oct. 18, junior libero Paula 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 sixth in aces with 1.29 and digs at 15.31 per set. Ranking in a sixth in kills per set is Kuroski at 3.14 and tenth is Teter at 2.90, while Camacho has an 8.79 assists-per-set average, coming in fourth in that category. Passmore is second in the league with 4.86 digs per set, despite missing the past three weeks.
FALLING AT HOME
Chattanooga dropped to mid-week conference matches against Furman and Samford at Maclellan Gym. The Mocs fell in straight sets to the Paladins and were led by Camacho with 21 assists and freshman libero Melissa Green with 19 digs. Chattanooga then came out against Samford in the Southern Rail Rivalry and took the second set by capitalizing on mistakes and forcing the Bulldogs to earn every point, but fell 3-1 in the match. Outsides Kuroski and Parman each registered 11 kills, while junior Teter added 10. Camacho also contributed 32 assists.
TOUGH CONFERENCE WEEKEND
Chattanooga suffered two straight-set defeats at Davidson and Georgia Southern on Oct. 22-23. Teter posted a match-high 12 kills for the Mocs, while Camacho registered 31 assists against the Wildcats. The following day against the Eagles Kuroski paced the offense with 10 kills, while 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. Passmore posted her second 30-dig match of the season with 31 against the Bears. Kuroski led all players with 14 kills, while 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.
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 Teter, Parman and 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