CHATTANOOGA, TN (gomocs.com) --- The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team hosts ETSU Friday and Samford Saturday at 6:00 p.m., in Maclellan Gym. Friday's match is Bone Marrow Donation Awareness night in memory of the late Eddie Parman, the father of former Chattanooga volleyball student-athlete Heather Parman.
"When you have something that hits close to home, which is what this match represents for us, the inspiration levels goes up," head coach Travis Filar stated. "We're playing for something way bigger than ourselves to honor Eddie's fight and how bravely and courageously he fought leukemia."
UTC is 16-3 and 5-1 in Southern Conference play. Last weekend, the squad dropped a five-set match to Furman and swept The Citadel.
"The loss against Furman exposed us so that we have some tangible things to work on this week," explained Filar. "It's really given us perspective and continues to show the leadership and toughness of our team with the quick turnaround against The Citadel."
Chattanooga leads the league in assists per set (13.42), digs per set (17.41), hitting percentage (.278) and kills per set (14.26).
Four Mocs are in the NCAA individual rankings as of Oct. 11. Sophomore Lauren Greenspoon (Houston, Texas) paces the conference in assists per set (11.66), ranking her at No. 13 nationally. Senior Catherine Chason (Alpharetta, Ga.) boats a 44th national ranking in digs per set (4.81). Senior Lauren Gainer (Boca Raton, Fla.) moved to No. 58 with a .380 hitting percentage and junior Kristy Wieser (Lincoln, Neb.) earned a ranking at 75th (.363).
"Of all the weekends we've had, this is going to be the toughest so far," said Filar. "We're going to prepare for what they do differently than other teams, but our focus has to be more on our side and remembering and trusting what we've done to this point to get us the success we've had."
The Bucs are 14-5, with a 5-1 league record, and on a five-match winning streak including coming off four straight sweeps over UNCG, Mercer, Samford and Western Carolina. Their only loss to a conference opponent was 3-0 against Furman. They sit atop the league in aces per set (1.66) and blocks per set (2.35).
Senior middle blocker Khadijah Wiley earned SoCon Defensive Player of the Month for September, averaging 1.38 blocks per set. Junior outside hitter Briana Allmon leads her squad with 216 kills and was named Offensive Player of the Week for competition Sept. 28-Oct. 4.
The Bulldogs are 8-7 and 3-2 in conference action. Samford posted three-set wins over Western Carolina and UNCG and lost in sweeps to Wofford and ETSU.
Freshman outside hitter Krista Boesing boasts SoCon Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 5-11 after racking up 4.67 kills over two matches. Freshman Alana Schourten has 18 service aces averaging 0.38 aces per set, which ranks her at No. 76 nationally.