Lady Mocs' Davenport and Gainer All-Tourney, down Bulldogs but fall to Skyhawks
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (GoMocs.com) – The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team placed second at the Scenic City Showdown at Maclellan Gym, taking a 3-0 win over South Carolina State while falling 3-0 to UT Martin later Saturday night.
Sophomore Allie Davenport (Tyrone, Ga.) and junior Lauren Gainer (Boca Raton, Fla.) were each named to the all-tournament team following the Mocs' 2-1 finish. Davenport recorded 29 kills over the two-day tournament, including a 13-kill performance against UT Martin, and Gainer posted eight blocks along with 22 kills.
“Another great weekend of volleyball for our team,” Head Coach Travis Filar said. “We picked up a couple of wins and got great play from the entire team. It would have been nice to have gotten that third win over UT Martin, but I can't be disappointed. They team played hard all weekend.”
The Mocs began Saturday with a 3-0 win over South Carolina State. Defeating the Bulldogs 25-19, 25-18 and 25-13, UTC hit .276 in the match while holding the visitors to a .125 mark.
Chattanooga's final match of the weekend, despite being a 3-0 loss to UT Martin, included a neck-and-neck third set that brought the crowd at Maclellan Gym to its feet.
With the Skyhawks leading the match 2-0 (25-22, 25-20), UTC forced the third set to extra points to give UT Martin a run for its money. With the two teams battling back-and-forth for 12 extra points with tensions high and the fans screaming with each point scored, Martin eventually bested UTC 32-30 to take a 3-0 win.
Despite the loss, Davenport had 13 kills and sophomore Anne Bachmann (Lincoln, Neb.) steered the offense with 22 assists. Davenport also led Chattanooga with 16.0 points in the three frames.
On defense, UTC totaled 5.0 blocks, including solo blocks from Batterton, Alvarado and Gainer. Davenport also registered an assisted block, while Gainer had two.
Joining Davenport and Gainer on the all-tournament team was South Carolina State's Kirby Anderson, Stetson's McKenna Foster, UT Martin's Allie Wimpey and Emily Keaton, and the Skyhawks' Madison Bergren was named the tournament's MVP.
In other action, Stetson defeated UT Martin 3-0 in the 10 a.m. match and the Hatters downed South Carolina State 3-0, as well. UTC, UT Martin and Stetson each finished with a 2-1 record while SCSU was 0-3 on the weekend. Decided by sets won, Martin placed first, Chattanooga second, Stetson third and South Carolina State fourth.
The Mocs are back in action Friday as they open up Southern Conference play against Samford at Maclellan Gym. The match is set to begin at 6 p.m., and East Tennessee visits for the first time since joining the SoCon Saturday at 3 p.m.