Jones Earns a Career-Best 19 Kills as Volleyball Tops Chattanooga
Along with Jones, Ashley Muench (Hurdle Mills, N.C./Orange) notched 19 kills of her own, to go with 16 digs. Alexis Mourier (Elkhart, W.Va./George Washington) picked up 11 kills, hitting at a .308 average.
Allison Penner (Aurora, Neb./Aurora) earned 57 of the teams 67 assists, while earning 19 digs.
Five Spartans earned double-digit digs in the match, led by Christina Gregory’s (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy) 23. Anna Romaniszyn (Port Orange, Fla./Spruce Creek) added 15 digs of her own, while Ronni Katarzynski (Winfield, Ill./West Chicago) chipped in 11. Katarzynski also earned a team-high two service aces.
The first set featured nine ties, and six lead changes before Chattanooga was able to take the set. UNCG led by as many as four at 20-16 before the Mocs were able to tie the match up at 21. After being tied at 22, 23, and 24, Chattanooga earned a block assist from Kristy Wieser and Dani Szczepanski, and a service ace to take the set.
UNCG took a lead at 2-1 in the second set, which it never relinquished. The Spartans used a 6-0 run to take a commanding 17-10 lead. Kills from Mourier and Jones, as well as a block from Jones contributed to the run. The Mocs came as close as four at 20-16 before UNCG closed the match out on a 5-1 run. Muench, Penner and Lauren Robeck (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) all had kills in the final run.
The third set saw 11 ties and five lead changes before Chattanooga was able to finish the set scoring three-straight points. UNCG held a lead at 16-15, and were able to tie the match up at 22 before the Mocs went on their run. Kills from Miranda Elpers and Kristy Wieser put it to set point, and a block assist from Wieser and Emily Plumlee put the set away.
The fourth set proved to be another battle, with nine ties and four lead changes before the Spartans could tie it up at two sets each. The Mocs led by as many as five at 10-5 before UNCG was able to tie set up at 12-12. It was a back-and-forth battle as it was tied again at 20. UNCG got back-to-back kills from Muench and Robeck before the Moc’s Allie Davenport slowed the Spartan momentum with a kill of her own. UNCG got a kill from Jones to force set point before an attack error from Elpers gave the Spartans the set.
UNCG was able to gain a quicker advantage in the final set, going up 6-3, forcing a Chattanooga timeout. The Spartans then went on a 4-2 run forcing the Mocs to take their final timeout at 10-5. Robeck and Muench added kills in the final run, as the Spartans were aided by three Chattanooga attack errors.
The Spartans return to action Wednesday, Oct. 19 as they travel to Charlotte, N.C. for a battle with the Charlotte 49ers.