The Samford volleyball team dropped its first match to Chattanooga since 1999 in a four-set battle at the Pete Hanna Center Wednesday night. The loss evened the score in the Southern Rail Rivalry, but a soccer win at Chattanooga at the same time retained the rivalry lead for Samford.
The Bulldogs (11-14, 5-6 SoCon) won the first set, 25-18, but Chattanooga (10-17, 5-6 SoCon) won the next three (26-24, 25-22, 25-21) to take the match win. The second set win for the Lady Mocs broke an 18-set win streak in the series for the Bulldogs that stretched back to 2007.
Lauren Hutchinson led the Bulldogs with a career-high 18 kills while also hitting .394 and posting three block assists, a solo block, a dig and an assist. Katie Murphy tallied 13 kills and a team-high .429 hitting percentage while also knocking down three block assists and two solo blocks. Elizabeth Neisler posted 15 kills, two block assists and a dig while also hitting .209 on the night.
Casey Garvey dished out 49 assists and just missed a double-double with nine digs. She also posted two block assists, a kill and an assist. Alexis Bauer led the back row with 21 digs while also grabbing an assist and serving up an ace. Samantha Bland followed with a season-high 16 digs.
Allie Bettinger had 12 digs and six kills while Hillary Fountain added 10 digs, three assists and an ace. Lyndsey Holt posted three kills, five digs and a block assist while Taylor Palmer added two kills, two digs and a block assist.
Heather Parman and Meagan Ernd led Chattanooga with 16 and 13 kills, respectively. Parman added 11 digs for a double-double while also posting a block assist and an ace. Ernd had three digs and two block assists.
Courtney Barnes led the Lady Mocs in blocks with seven block assists and a solo block. She also added four kills, four digs and an assist. Bailee Chastain led the offense with 35 assists and also posted 11 digs and five block assists while Paula Passmore led the back row with 16 digs.
The Bulldogs will round out their five-match homestand this weekend when they play host to UNC Greensboro Saturday and Elon Sunday. Both matches start at 2 p.m. in the Pete Hanna Center.