UTC Beach Volleyball Blanks Eastern Illinois, Suffers Narrow Setback to Austin Peay

Chattanooga Mocs’ beach volleyball team opened OVC Weekend at Austin Peay with a 5-0 victory over Eastern Illinois before falling to the hosts 3-2 in the Mocs’ afternoon match.

In the first dual, the 3-5 pairs all swept their matches. Victoria Cerino and Madi Morris began the contest with a 21-11, 21-19 win before Julia Davis and Joy Courtright won in straight sets, 21-9, 21-16 at No. 5. At the No. 3 pair, Bailey Steger and Hanley Lomax won 21-11, 21-9.

Both of the top two spots went to three sets with Neva Clark and Gaige Gallentine winning at the No. 2 spot 15-5 in the third set and Gylian Finch and Baylee Young winning 15-11 in the final set at the top spot.

Against Austin Peay, the hosts won the No. 4 and 5 bouts before Gallentine and Clark won in three sets at No. 2. Steger and Lomax tied the match at two. Austin Peay took the match with a 15-10 third-set victory at the No. 1 pair.

The Mocs conclude the regular season tomorrow vs. Morehead State and UT-Martin.

Chattanooga 5, Eastern Illinois 0
1. Baylee Young/Gylian Finch (UTC) def. Takenya Stafford/Elisavet Papageorgio (EIU) 21-18, 16-21, 15-11
2. Neva Clark/Paige Gallentine (UTC) def. Christina Martinez M/Ashley Sharkus (EIU) 16-21, 21-10, 15-5
3. Bailey Steger/Hanley Lomax (UTC) def. Ireland Hieb/Anna Moster (EIU) 21-11, 21-9
4. Victoria Cerino/Madi Morris (UTC) def. Ella Collins/Emily Wilcox (EIU) 21-11, 21-19
5. Julia Davis/Joy Courtright (UTC) def. Kaitlyn Flynn/Catalina Rochaix (EIU) 21-9, 21-16

Austin Peay 3, Chattanooga 2
1. BULLINGTON, Marlayna/MEAD, Kelsey (APSU) def. Baylee Young/Gylian Finch (UTC) 21-13, 16-21, 15-10
2. Neva Clark/Paige Gallentine (UTC) def. MOORE, Brooke/POWELL, Mikayla (APSU) 21-11, 14-21, 15-12
3. Bailey Steger/Hanley Lomax (UTC) def. MCINNIS, Demi/SEYRING, Tegan (APSU) 17-21, 21-17, 15-10
4. WAITE, Caroline/BUGGS, Janvier (APSU) def. Victoria Cerino/Madi Morris (UTC) 17-21, 21-14, 15-6
5. GRAHAM, Karli/WHEAT, Elizabeth (APSU) def. Julia Davis/Joy Courtright (UTC) 21-17, 21-14