Courtesy: Chattanooga Athletics
CHATTANOOGA — Chattanooga Mocs volleyball head coach Travis Filar earned his 100th career win after a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-23) sweep over Southern Conference-foe Furman on Saturday afternoon inside Maclellan Gymnasium.
Chattanooga improves to 2-0 in conference play after the opening weekend and now sits at 6-9 overall. Furman falls to 4-9 overall and 0-2 in the SoCon.
The Mocs have now won six-straight sets after trailing Wofford 2-0 yesterday evening in the league opener.
Congratulations to our leader @TFilar_UTCVB on winning his 100th career match at UTC!
We love ya, Coach! 💯 pic.twitter.com/htgvec6HTN
— Chattanooga VB (@GoMocsVB) September 22, 2018
Chattanooga 3, Furman 0
Chattanooga avoided a slow start in back-to-back nights by capturing the opening set in convincing fashion, 25-18, to set the tone. UTC scored eight-straight points off the serve of Megan Kaufman in the second set to help earn a 25-22 set win before finishing off the match sweep in the third by a 25-23 margin.
The home team out-attacked the Paladins on offense in both kills (43-40) and hitting percentage (.261-.200). Furman finished with 49 digs and 38 assists opposed to Chattanooga’s 43 and 37 totals. Both teams finished with 4.0 team blocks.
The trio of Dani Szczepanski, Ally Ford and Mikaela Gauthreaux reached double-digits in kills, all with 10, while combining to attack at a .469 percentage. The group committed just four errors on 61 total attacks to lead the offense. Gylian Finch added seven kills and seven digs during the win.
Jaquelyn Langhaim posted her second-straight double-double after spreading out 32 assists and collecting 10 digs. She recorded a career-high four service aces while adding three kills.
Megan Kaufman once again anchored the defense as the starting libero, leading the team with 12 digs. Emily Plumlee added support on the defensive side of things with a team-high three block assists.
“I think the challenge going into today was to bring the momentum and the high-level execution that we showed the night before against Wofford with us today. I knew that Furman would have a great response to their result last night. Our kids embraced that challenge and rose exceptionally well with confidence. I thought we came out strong and stayed the course even when Furman made their runs, which shows a lot of growth and improvement.
“I knew this opening weekend would be a tough one and I couldn’t be more proud of our team’s effort and energy, and finally, I thought our crowds both nights were a huge part of our success.”
– Travis Filar, Head Coach
Chattanooga (6-9, 2-0 SoCon) heads to UNCG (7-7, 1-1 SoCon) on Friday at 6 p.m. before concluding weekend play at ETSU (12-3, 2-0 SoCon) on Saturday at 2 p.m. Match coverage links are accessible via the schedule page.