The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team fell to 3-3 on Saturday with losses to Clemson and Charlotte in Clemson, S.C., at the Clemson Classic. Chattanooga finished 0-3 in the tournament with a loss to East Tennessee on Friday.
Despite coming away winless at the Classic, UTC senior libero Paula Passmore (Merritt Island, Fla.) was named to the Clemson Classic All-Tournament team. The honor is Passmore's second all-tournament selection of the season.
Chattanooga was unable to contain the host Tigers in the first match Saturday morning. Clemson topped the Mocs 3-0 with set scores of 25-16, 25-21 and 25-18, respectively. Freshman Sarah Batterton (Colbert, Wash.) led the UTC offense with eight kills along with a .273 attacking percentage. Both senior Christina Teter (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) and freshman Julimar Alvarado (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) earned seven kills, and junior setter Bridget Camacho (Cumming, Ga.) was the Mocs' assists leader with 26. Passmore collected a team-best 18 digs.
UTC claimed the first point of the first set, but the Tigers tied the score at 1-1 and took the set's only lead change with the second point. Chattanooga pulled the score within one with a 7-6 Clemson lead, but the hosting team ran away with it late.
The Mocs put up a good fight in the second frame as they tied the score a match-high five times and forced a lead change. Chattanooga again scored the first point and led by as much as four points early in the set, but Clemson took control after tying the score at 21-21 and scoring the final four of the frame.
Chattanooga looked to force a fourth set with a win in the third, but it wouldn't happen as the Tigers never found themselves behind in the frame. UTC went on an 11-5 run late, but, despite the last-minute effort, Clemson came away with the match-point.
UTC then had to face Charlotte in its final match of the Clemson Classic. Looking to come away with its first win of the Classic, Chattanooga was unable to top the 49ers in a 3-0 loss. Teter was the Mocs' offensive leader with seven kills and a .333 attack percentage. Camacho again led UTC with 28 assists and Passmore collected 17 digs while freshman Lauren Gainer (Boca Raton, Fla.) came up with 12.
The Mocs came out fighting in the first set, forcing the 49ers to reach 29 points to take the frame. The back-and-forth set saw the scored tied 15 and eight lead changes before Charlotte eventually took a 29-27 set win.
Chattanooga fell 25-19 in the second set while keeping on the coattails of the 49ers, and set three proved to be the final frame with an identical score.
With a .500 record, the Mocs return home Tuesday to take on Alabama A&M at Maclellan Gym at 7 p.m. (E.D.T.). The Bulldogs come into the weeknight match in Chattanooga with an 0-7 record with losses to Belmont, Northern Colorado, Alabama, Evansville, Northern Kentucky and Morehead State.
Admission to the Tuesday night match is free and will feature post-match autographs from the players and coaches.