Volleyball beats Chattanooga

Clayton Hurdle – Sports Editor |

On Tuesday night the Samford volleyball team defeated SoCon foe Chattanooga in four sets.

The Bulldogs dropped the first set 25-22, but rebounded to win the next three sets of the match.

“We played well, but they made great defensive plays and found ways to score,” Samford head coach Derek Schroeder said.

The first set was dominated early by the Mocs.  Chattanooga went up 14-10 until Samford fought its way back to within one point.

However, the Mocs did not relinquish their lead.

Despite being stalled twice at match point, Chattanooga eventually scored the set’s final point to take the early 1-0 lead.

Chattanooga continued to have the slight edge through the first half of the second set before Samford broke an 11-11 tie en route to an eventual 25-20 set win.

Compared to the rest of the match, the third set was a Samford blowout. The Bulldogs won the set 25-16.

The final set of the match was hard-fought throughout and it wasn’t until the score was 18-12 that Samford had a definitive lead in the set.

The Mocs fought back to 23-22 but a kill from senior outside hitter Elizabeth Neisler and a block shared between Neisler and sophomore outside hitter Katie Murphy ended the match resoundingly.

Sophomore journalism and mass communication major Michaela Reesor continued her outstanding season.

Reesor, the reigning SoCon offensive player of the week, was second in kills for the team with 14.

Samford’s next game is the Dig Pink game on Friday against Elon.

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