#1 seeded Volleyball Mocs Head to SoCon Tournament
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team travels to Cullowhee, N.C., this weekend for the Southern Conference Tournament as the No. 1 seed. UTC looks to continue the momentum from winning the 2015-16 regular season after going 24-5 and 13-3 in league play.
"We had a phenomenal regular season," head coach Travis Filar stated. "We've put ourselves in a great position to go into the conference tournament with momentum. We're very tournament-ready because of the tests and adversity we've had the last couple weekends."
Chattanooga faces the winner of No. 8 Western Carolina and No. 9 The Citadel Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The tournament is single elimination. If the Mocs win, they play the winner of No. 4 Samford and No. 5 ETSU Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The championship match is scheduled for Monday at 6:00 p.m.
"We don't have to do anything more than what we've done up until this point," Filar said. "We've been solid, focused on our first contacts and have played connected with great energy and effort. If we do that this weekend, the results will take care of themselves."
UTC is coming off two 3-2 come-from-behind wins against ETSU and Western Carolina last weekend. Against the Bucs, the Mocs fought off 11 match points to win the final frame 21-19.
"Starting strong is going to be huge," explained Filar. "We're going to create a sense of urgency and intention on how we play and how we start matches in the tournament."
Prior to the exciting regular season, Chattanooga was picked fifth in the preseason poll for the SoCon title. After 29 matches, the squad has broken numerous program records, changing the culture of UTC volleyball.
"We've proven to ourselves that having all the belief even when it was hard was worth it because we're seeing the fruits of all our labor and patience," Filar shared.
This is the first time since 1998 the Mocs have won the regular season title and the first time the program has reached 24 wins in regular season play. UTC was represented by four Mocs on the All-SoCon teams and Filar was named Coach of the Year, the second coach in the program to earn this honor. The first was Lisa Rhodes, winning the award in 1996 and 1997.
Chattanooga's last win in the conference championships was Nov. 16, 2007 against Elon (3-1). UTC's most recent tournament title was in 1998, where the team only lost one set while taking down ETSU (3-0), Furman (3-1) and Western Carolina (3-0).