Chattanooga, Tenn. – The Chattanooga Mocs used scoring runs in the middle of the third and fourth sets to defeat Western Carolina 3-1 in Maclellan Gymnasium on Friday evening. The Mocs won the match by scores of 25-22, 15-25, 25-14 and 24-14.
Chattanooga concludes the regular season at 10-19 overall and 6-10 in the Southern Conference while Western Carolina drops to 12-14 and 6-9.
Merry Gebel paced the Catamounts with nine kills followed by MaKenzie White with eight kills. Meagan Sanchez had 21 digs followed by Abigail Veit with 13, Caroline Perret with 11 and Sydney Carlson and Gebel both with 10. Hannah Price had a team-best 18 assists.
Gylian Finch led the Mocs with a double-double as she had 14 kills and 10 digs. Dani Szczepanski had 13 kills followed by Ally Ford with 10. Brenna Everingham had a match-high 23 digs.
Chattanooga opened the match on a 5-0 run before a bad set brought the Catamounts within three, 12-9. An Eden Murray kill pushed the Mocs lead to 17-12 before a 6-0 Catamount run tied the set at 19. Chattanooga scored the next three points as the Catamounts pulled to within one on two occasions before kills by Szczepanski and Murray ended the set.
With Western Carolina leading 11-8 in the second set, a Carlson kill sparked a 7-1 run as the Catamounts led 18-9 following a Veit kill. Chattanooga got no closer than six points for the remainder of the set.
A Ford kill broke a 10-10 tie in the third set as the Mocs scored eight straight points to lead 18-10. A Veit kill brought the Catamounts within seven, 20-13 before Chattanooga scored four of the next five points to win the set.
Following a White kill that made the score 4-3 of Chattanooga in the fourth set, the Mocs went on a 6-0 run capped by an attack error for a 10-3 lead. The Catamounts scored four of the next five points to move within four, 11-7. Chattanooga answered with six of the next seven points for an 18-8 lead. Western Carolina got no closer than six points for the remainder of the set.
Western Carolina wraps up the 2018 regular season on Saturday night at Samford. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.