NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Chattanooga volleyball team fell to 0-8 on the season with Tuesday evening’s 3-0 loss to Belmont.
“Belmont is a great team that has a lot of experience in the NCAA Tournament and winning conference tournaments,” Filar said. “We knew it would be a tough match going in and wanted them on the schedule for that reason.”
The Mocs were defeated 25-16, 25-16 and 25-18, dropping their record against in-state opponents to 0-3 on the year. Chattanooga suffered losses to both Tennessee and UT Martin this past weekend at the Country Inns & Suites Invitational.
Belmont drew first blood with an ace to begin the match and soon jumped out to an early 11-5 lead, forcing UTC to take a timeout. Three Bruins errors, plus kills from sophomores Julimar Alvaredo and Sarah Batterton gave UTC its first points of the contest.
Chattanooga eventually trimmed its lead to four — 14-10 — but Belmont pulled away late, closing the set with eight-unanswered points to down UTC 25-16.
The Mocs didn’t fare much better in the second set, once again falling 25-16. The Bruins jumped out to a 9-3 lead, forcing another UTC timeout. Chattanooga went on a four-point rally near the end of the set, with Alvarado recording a kill while freshman Kendall Sexton and sophomore Briana Reid pitching in points as well. An attacking error would ultimately end the set, though, sending the Mocs to the locker room facing a 2-0 deficit.
Filar’s Mocs pulled within two points in the final set, but a 25-18 defeat secured the shutout for Belmont.
Alvaredo finished the night as UTC’s kills leader (7), followed by Reid (6), sophomore Kasey Talley (4) and freshman Anne Bachmann (2). Bachmann and sophomore libero Catherine Chason each recorded 10 digs, while Sexton led the defense with three blocks. Bachmann totaled 14 assists.
The Mocs continue their 2013 schedule Friday when the team travels to Miami, Fla., to participate in the Florida International Invitational. There, Chattanooga will face Florida International, Jacksonville State and South Dakota State.
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