MURFREESBORO, Tenn. --- The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team rebounded after Saturday's loss in impressive fashion, downing in-state foe Middle Tennessee State, 3-1 (25-22, 25-21, 17-25, 25-15), in Murfreesboro on Tuesday evening. The Mocs improve to 5-3 on the season after the win while MTSU falls to 0-8 in 2017.
Chattanooga forced 11 errors and held MTSU to a -.057 hitting percentage in the first set to take an early 1-0 lead in the match. Despite the Blue Raiders hitting .355 in the second, UTC used four service aces and 11 kills to help build a 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set belonged to the home team as MTSU forced nine Chattanooga attacking errors and held the Mocs to an .032 hitting percentage. With the match in favor of UTC 2-1, the Mocs would close things out in dominant fashion during the fourth set, hitting .368 and serving up three aces while adding three blocks.
Chattanooga returns to action this weekend by hosting the Scenic City Showdown in Maclellan Gymnasium on Friday and Saturday. The Mocs will host SIU-Edwardsville, Jackson State and Georgia State. UTC opens up tournament play against SIUE on Friday at 6 p.m.
Match Notes & Stats
- Ally Ford registered her 100th kill of her career during the first set … accomplished in just 24 sets played … it marks the fastest to 100 career kills in program history … finished with a match-high 17 kills on a .195 percentage … added 3.0 blocks.
- Miranda Elpers registered her 700th career dig in the third set … posted her fourth kill-dig double-double with 11 kills and ten digs.
- Megan Kaufman entered the match 4th in NCAA DI with a 6.61 digs per set average … first among freshmen … finished the match with 15 digs and three assists.
- Lauren Greenspoon dished out 20 assists … added six digs, two service aces and two kills … fellow senior Madison Bergren aided the offensive direction with ten assists.
- Emily Plumlee totaled 3.0 blocks … 33rd-straight match with at least 1.0 block … added a pair of kills.
- Dani Szczepanski posted 2.0 blocks … added three kills, three aces and four digs.
Chattanooga 3, MTSU 1
1st Set | UTC 25, MTSU 22
Chattanooga jumped on Middle Tennessee in the early going during the Blue Raiders home opener, taking six of the first seven points of the match. MTSU fought back to pull within two, 9-7, before committing two attacking errors and a service error, helping the Mocs extend out to a 14-8 lead. UTC continued the momentum by forcing multiple attacking errors by the home team, resulting in a 19-13 advantage. The Blue Raiders stormed back with a 7-2 run of their own, pulling within one at 21-20, and forcing Chattanooga into a timeout. The Mocs responded by causing four MTSU errors down the stretch, earning a 25-22 set win and a 1-0 lead in the match.
2nd Set | UTC 25, MTSU 21
Opposite the first set, it was MTSU who came out and grabbed a lead in the front end of the second set. The Blue Raiders built up a 12-8 lead and capped it off with a 4-0 run, sending the Mocs to call their first timeout of the set. Out of the timeout, UTC posted six of the next eight points and tied things up at 14-14. The two teams when point-for-point until a Miranda Elpers kill and service ace in back-to-back fashion gave the Mocs a 22-20 lead. Chattanooga used a 5-1 run to end the second set, 25-21, and take a 2-0 lead in the match at the break.
3rd Set | MTSU 25, UTC 17
After taking the first two points of the set, MTSU scored the next seven-straight by forcing five Mocs errors during that span. After a UTC timeout, the Mocs tallied four-straight to bring it to a 7-6 deficit before MTSU responded with three-straight of their own. The Blue Raiders would continue to limit the Mocs offense in the third, extending out to a 17-11 lead by holding UTC to a .000 hitting percentage in the process. Chattanooga would cut it to 17-13, but that would be as close as they came to clawing all the way back. MTSU would claim a 25-17 set win and force a fourth set.
4th Set | UTC 25, MTSU 15
With MTSU already fending off one elimination set, the Mocs sights were on ending the match in the fourth. Both teams traded the first 16 points, tied 8-8, before Chattanooga rattled off ten of the next 13 points and accumulated an 18-11 lead. The Mocs would put the match to rest, ending on a 7-4 run from that point, to claim the fourth 25-15 and the match 3-1.