CHATTANOOGA, TN (gomocs.com) --- The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team swept Samford Saturday to wrap up the first half of Southern Conference play. UTC is now 18-3 and leading the league at 7-1.
"We knew coming in it was going to be a huge weekend against two great programs," head coach Travis Filar stated. "It was a chance for us to really create momentum going into the second half of the conference season and a way for us to make a statement."
Chattanooga has swept 11 teams and is on a 10-match winning streak at home.
Despite being down for the majority of the first two frames, UTC clinched both, 25-20 and 25-22.
"We were down by five points in the first and second set, and it's not like it was just early on, we were down late in those sets," Filar explained. "But we got on some service runs and played really focused to finish those sets and find ways to win from different individuals stepping up at different times."
In the first, the Mocs were down 19-14. After a UTC timeout, the squad won six points in a row to take its first lead. Chattanooga followed with winning five of the last six points of the frame.
During the second, sophomore Madison Bergren (Muncie, Ind.) posted two aces in a row to put UTC up 23-20. The Bulldogs won the next two points, but junior Allie Davenport (Tyrone, Ga.) finished off the set with a kill.
The third started neck-to-neck until Chattanooga broke away after a kill from Davenport and a service ace by sophomore Lauren Greenspoon (Houston, Texas), making the score 12-7. UTC clinched the third set 25-19.
"We weren't at our best tonight," said Filar. "But anytime you can say that and still come out on the winning end, I don't ever want to take that for granted. It starts with our seniors that have a will to win that's completely driving this team."
The Mocs racked up 12 service aces and 40 kills against Samford.
Davenport made a big presence offensively after marking 17 kills and a .412 hitting percentage.
Senior Catherine Chason (Alpharetta, Ga.) paced the squad in digs, recording 11, while senior Sarah Batterton (Colbert, Wash.) led blocking efforts with one solo and three assisted.
The Mocs hit the road Friday to square off against UNCG in Greensboro, N.C., at 6:00 p.m.