CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC Athletics) — The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball program jumped out to a two-set lead before fighting off a furious Georgia State comeback effort including five match points to capture a 3-2 (25-23, 25-18, 20-25, 22-25, 24-22) victory inside Maclellan Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Chattanooga begins, and finishes, the 2020 fall season with a 1-0 record. Georgia State drops to 0-1 ahead of 17 future matches on its schedule over the coming weeks.
MATCH BASICS | BOX SCORE
SET 1 ∙ UTC 25, GSU 23
SET 2 ∙ UTC 25, GSU 18
SET 3 ∙ GSU 25, UTC 20
SET 4 ∙ GSU 25, UTC 22
SET 5 ∙ UTC 24, GSU 22
*Chattanooga fought off five match points in the fifth set. Georgia State survived match points on three separate occasions before failing on its fourth opportunity.
∙ Final statistics of this match are currently under review.*
∙ Junior Gylian Finch totaled a career-high 25 kills at a .302 attacking clip… fifth match of career with 20+ kills… also added two aces and 11 digs… 14th career double-double.
∙ Redshirt freshman MacKenzie Saitta posted 23 kills at a .242 hitting percentage in her first collegiate action… missed 2019 season due to injury.
∙ Freshman Paige Gallentine recorded a match-high 33 digs and a trio of aces… most digs in debut by a true freshman in program history.
∙ Freshman Sophia Bossong dished out a match-high 67 assists… most assists by a true freshman in debut in program history… just 12 shy of program record (79, Jenny Kulwinski, 1997).
∙ A total of six freshman including five true saw action for the Mocs on Saturday… five freshmen earned starts… most to ever start first match of the season.
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