Chattanooga Volleyball Falls to Mercer

The Chattanooga Mocs’ indoor volleyball was unable to continue their momentum from Friday night’s win as they hosted the Mercer Bears on Saturday evening inside Maclellan Gym. The Mocs fell in three sets to the Bears (25-23, 25-13, 25-22).

SET 1 ∙ MER 25, UTC 23
SET 2 ∙ MER 25, UTC 13
SET 3 ∙ MER 25, UTC 22

The Bears began the match with a 5-3 lead but the Mocs brought their momentum from last night and battled back to take the lead. The Mocs won six straight points to take a 9-6 lead as the hosts capitalized on multiple Mercer errors throughout the run. UTC held a lead as large as six, up 20-14. After Mercer called a timeout down four, the Bears won eight of the next 10 points to complete their comeback in the opening set. Both teams hit under .100 in the set and UTC’s Gylian Finch led the match with five kills. Paige Gallentine posted 11 digs in the opener.

After the Mocs won the first couple of points of the set, Mercer began to take control of the frame. The Bears went on a 10-3 run to take a 10-point lead, 19-9. UTC was able to grab a few points to its deficit to single digits, but Mercer took the set, 25-13. The Bears outhit the Mocs .310-.000.

Like the first set, the Bears were the first to five in the third set, holding a 5-1 advantage. The Mocs were able to stay close in the set with kills from Lauren Baker and Rackel. The Blue and Gold were down five and a ball handling error from the Bears put Rackel behind the service line and she brought UTC within one. After Mercer took another four-point lead, UTC used two blocks and a kill to come back within one. The Mocs were able to keep it within one, forcing Mercer to call its last timeout up 23-22. Mercer won the next two points out of the timeout to take the match in three.

Mercer’s Rayanne de Oliveira led the match with 12 kills and hit .435. The Mocs were led for the second straight match by Finch who had eight.

Gallentine capped off a stellar weekend with 18 digs. Throughout UTC’s two matches she averaged eight digs per set.

The Mocs outblocked Mercer 9-7 led by Neill with five. Rackel had two block assists and two solo stuffs.

Sophia Bossong quarterbacked the Mocs’ offense, completing a double-double with 10 digs and 24 assists. Baker tied her career best with six kills and hit a team-high .312.