The Chattanooga Mocs’ indoor volleyball team began action in their final preseason tournament on Friday afternoon with a three-set victory over the Lamar Cardinals. The Mocs fell in the final match of the day in five sets to Eastern Kentucky inside the Wellness Center.
MATCH 1: CHATTANOOGA 3, LAMAR 0
SET 1 ∙ UTC 25, LAMAR 22
SET 2 ∙ UTC 27, LAMAR 25
SET 3 ∙ UTC 25, LAMAR 19
The match was competitive from the start with the first set featuring seven ties and two lead changes. The back-and-forth first frame stayed close at the beginning until the Mocs took the largest lead of the match, a four-point advantage up 18-14. Lamar was able to inch back, cutting its deficit to as little as two, but never came within one point of the Mocs. UTC hit .370 in the first set with 12 kills, led by Coniah Davis with four. Both teams recorded a block and two aces in the opener.
After another back-and-forth start to a set, Lamar took charge in the second set forcing Chattanooga to use its first timeout of the match down 14-11. The Cardinals held a 21-16 lead and the Mocs found their spark. Gylian Finch started the comeback with a kill which was followed by a Sophia Bossong ace. After Lamar won the next two points, the Mocs were down five again, 23-18. After two Cardinal attack errors and two Kate Neill kills, the Mocs were within one. The Mocs were called in the net which gave Lamar its first set point of the match with a two-point cushion. Maia Rackel led the charge, fending off both set points with back-to-back kills. After a Lamar kill, Aleya Kennedy and Davis came together for a block at the net to tie the set at 25. A solo stuff by Rackel and another Lamar attack error gave the Mocs a 2-0 lead in the match. The Mocs’ defense came up strong in the set with four blocks and 18 digs.
The third set was tied at 12 when the Mocs went on their biggest run of the match. With Neill behind the service line, UTC won the next seven points to give UTC a 19-12 edge. The run consisted of two UTC blocks, four Lamar errors, an ace from Neill and a kill from Kennedy. Lamar came within three, down 22-19, but Liz Tomlin slotted an ace followed by back-to-back kills by Finch to give the Mocs set point. Kennedy gave the Mocs the sweep with her fourth kill of the afternoon.