CHATTANOOGA — The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team turns its attention towards the Southern Conference regular season slate and will host Furman and Wofford on Friday and Saturday inside Maclellan Gymnasium to kick off league action.
Friday’s SoCon opener is set for 5 pm ET while Saturday’s contest will carry a 4 pm ET start time. Both matches will broadcast LIVE on ESPN+ through the WatchESPN and ESPN App platforms. It’ll be Faculty & Staff Favorites night on Saturday as UTC student-athletes have invited their favorite faculty and staff members around campus to be recognized at the match.
Chattanooga (5-9, 0-0 SoCon) looks to snap a three-match skid following last weekend’s GATA Challenge in Statesboro, Ga. The Mocs are 2-2 in their last four conference openers with both wins coming inside the Mac.
Furman (4-7, 0-1 SoCon) enters the weekend looking to rebound from a 3-1 home loss to The Citadel in the league’s opener on Wednesday night. Wofford (8-4, 0-0 SoCon) carries a seven-match winning streak into Johnson City on Friday before traveling to the Scenic City on Saturday.
Chattanooga (5-9, 0-0 SoCon) vs. Furman (4-7, 0-1 SoCon) – Friday, Sept. 23
Chattanooga (5-9, 0-0 SoCon) vs. Wofford (8-4, 0-0 SoCon) – Saturday, Sept. 24
5:02 pm ET on Friday | ESPN+ (Todd Agne, PxP)
4:02 pm ET on Saturday | ESPN+ (Chris Goforth, PxP & Todd Agne, analyst)
Watch (Friday) | Watch (Saturday) | Live Stats (both)
INSIDE THE SERIES
Furman leads the all-time series 49-28 while holding a 20-16 record against UTC inside Maclellan Gymnasium. The Paladins have won six of the last 10 matches, however, the Mocs have captured three out of the last four.
Chattanooga leads the all-time series 31-13 over Wofford including a 19-2 mark at home. The Terriers have won seven of the last 10 meetings and three of the last four. UTC defeated Wofford in straight sets in the last meeting on November 13, 2021 inside the Mac.
GALLENTINE SURPASSES 1K MARK
Third-year sophomore (COVID) Paige Gallentine surpassed 1,000 career digs during the Chattanooga Classic two weekends ago. She followed the career accomplishment with a blistering all-tournament performance at the GATA Challenge, posting dig totals of 27, 33 and 28 in the three matches. She was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week for the first time this season and fourth time in her career on Monday.
GATA CHALLENGE RECAP
Chattanooga suffered a three-match sweep at the GATA Challenge hosted by Georgia Southern last weekend. The Mocs dropped a pair of five-set matches on Friday against St. Francis (PA) and Queens (NC) before falling to the tournament hosts in a four-set match on Saturday. The three-match skid followed a stretch where Chattanooga picked up four wins in five matches.
Admission is FREE for all spectators. Fans may enter Maclellan Gym through the Vine Street entrance. Parking is available in the Mocs Alumni Drive Parking Garage (formerly known as E. 5th Street) across from Maclellan Gym.
CLEAR BAG POLICY
In an effort to enhance spectator safety and align with national best-practices, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Department has a clear bag policy for home games in all of its athletics facilities. For more information and guidelines, please visit the informative page here.
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