For the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga volleyball team, the 2012 season already has been a success. Now the Mocs get a chance to see if they can make it truly special.
UTC is riding a four-match winning streak into today's 4:30 p.m. opening-round match against the College of Charleston in the Southern Conference tournament at Davidson, N.C.
"The team is doing great, and I couldn't be more excited for them," second-year coach Travis Filar said by phone Friday following practice at Davidson College. "They've worked hard and are seeing their work pay off. They are confident and they believe they belong here."
UTC (14-7, 8-8), the No. 3 seed out of the North division, is making its first trip to the eight-team tournament since 2008, the year before seniors Paula Passmore, Heather Parman, Meagan Ernd and Christina Teter began their UTC careers.
Filar is happy for his seniors' accomplishment, but he wants the Mocs to keep pushing for more.
"Our one goal coming into this year was to make the conference tournament, and for these seniors to be able to do that is really exciting," he said. "But now that we're here, we aren't satisfied. We want to fight as hard as possible for each point and see if we can make some noise."
Jim Tanner has worked as assistant sports editor at the Times Free Press since late 2006. He started at the Times Free Press in 2001 and worked as a news copy/design editor from 2001 through 2006. In addition to working as a night and weekend editor producing local and national sports coverage for print and online readers, Jim occasionally writes local sports and outdoors stories. Jim grew up in Ringgold, Ga., and is a graduate ...