The Chattanooga Mocs (8-13, 2-4 SoCon) dropped their second match in a row Saturday night in Greensboro, N.C., to UNCG (9-8, 4-2 SoCon) at Flemming Gym.
The four-set match saw UTC take a 28-26 win in the second frame, but the Spartans claimed three victories (25-19, 25-20, 25-17) to walk away with the match. Despite the loss, the Mocs recorded a season-high 10.0 blocks. Sophomore Kasey Talley (Boiling Springs, S.C.) tallied a season-high 6.0 blocks and freshman Sarah Batterton (Colbert, Wash.) set a career-best 5.0 blocks.
Chattanooga was held to a .050 hitting percentage in the first set. The Spartans claimed the first three points of the frame and continued to pile on the points. The Mocs pulled within three, 16-13, midway through the match but UNCG carried the lead to the end.
UTC battled back in the second stanza with a two-point win. After falling behind early, Chattanooga went on a 7-1 run to take a 13-8 lead. The Mocs were cruising along with a 24-21 lead, but three straight Spartan points tied the game at 24, then 25-all. UNCG took a one-point lead but were unable to capitalize on the opportunity, giving up possession on an attacking error. A kill from senior Heather Parman (Ooltewah, Tenn.) gave Chattanooga a 27-26 advantage and an attacking error from Spartan Karrian Chambers gave the Mocs a victory before going to the break.
Chattanooga jumped ahead to begin the third set with an 8-3 lead, but the Spartans returned to knot the set up at 16 points. The back-and-forth battled continued until UNCG pulled away with a 6-1 run to claim the frame.
The Spartans took the match with the fourth set by eight points, the largest gap of the matchup. UNCG hit a match-best .213 hitting percentage while Chattanooga hit just .088 and committed eight errors.
Chattanooga's road trip continues next weekend as the Mocs travel to Charleston, S.C., Friday evening. UTC faces off against the College of Charleston Saturday night at 5 p.m. and will wrap up the weekend Sunday afternoon a 3 p.m. against The Citadel.