CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.-The Chattanooga Mocs (14-17, 8-8 SoCon) volleyball team travels to Davidson, N.C., tomorrow for its final practice before the start of the Southern Conference Tournament at Belk Arena.
The SoCon Tournament gets underway Saturday at 10 a.m. as No. 2 Elon takes on No. 3 Furman. No. 1 Georgia Southern faces No. 4 UNCG at 12:30 p.m., and the No. 3 Mocs get their first taste of tournament action at 4:30 p.m. as they square off against No. 2 College of Charleston.
The Mocs go in 23-22 all-time in the tournament with their last win coming in 2007 over Elon. It will be the first time Chattanooga has competed in the tournament since 2008 when it was eliminated 2-3 by Furman, a decade after winning its last tournament title. UTC's 8-8 conference record and third place finish in the SoCon North is its best finish in the league since going 12-6 in 2008.
Chattanooga enters the postseason riding a four-match winning streak, its longest of the season, led by SoCon Libero of the Year and All-SoCon Second Team selection Paula Passmore (Merritt Island, Fla.) and All-Freshman selection Briana Reid (Houston, Texas).
Passmore has been the SoCon's digs leader all season and is currently ranked second in the nation with 6.38 digs per set. The senior earned her second Libero of the Year honor by recording 734 digs on the season, a new personal record since collecting 654 in 2010 when she won her first conference defensive award.
Reid's first campaign with the Mocs was highlighted by six double-double performances as she was named SoCon Freshman of the Week twice over the course of the season. The Houston, Texas native totaled 68 kills, 85 digs and seven blocks in her final five matches.
Senior Christina Teter (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) leads Chattanooga with 259 kills while freshman Sarah Batterton (Colbert, Wash.) follows closely behind with 248 kills. Freshman Julimar Alvarado (San Juan, Puerto Rico) paces UTC with a 2.53 hitting percentage.
Junior Bridget Camacho (Cumming, Ga.) is the Mocs assists leader, averaging 9.99 assists per set. Her 1149 assists during the regular season has her sixth all-time at UTC for assists in a single season, just 28 assists from moving into the top five. Only three other Mocs have recorded double-digit digs in 2012.
"We closed out the season strong," Head Coach Travis Filar said. "I was proud of how we played down the stretch, and now we need that momentum to carry over into the tournament. Getting to Davidson has been our goal all season. We made it and we need to capitalize on our opportunity."
Each match will be available live via SoCon TV. The championship match will air live on ESPN 3. Both video feeds are free and can be accessed via the link above.