Oct. 1, 2012
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas- The UTA volleyball team opened up its WAC home schedule last week splitting its first two conference games at College Park Center and heads into a week in which it plays two in-state rivals.
The Mavericks opened up its CPC schedule on Thursday by defeating San Jose State 3-1 behind Shelby Dickson’s 20 kill performance to earn another double-double on the season. UTA would fall on Saturday afternoon 3-0 to Utah State as it could not get things going early in the match.
“We got off to a slow start in serve receive and weren’t able to get in sync until the second set,” UTA head coach Diane Seymour said. “That gives the other team a lot of confidence when you aren’t firing on all cylinders early on in the match.”
This week the Mavericks travel to face former SLC rivals, and new WAC rivals, Texas State and UT San Antonio. The Bobcats of Texas State are also 2-3 in WAC play this season and are 7-9 overall. The Bobcats are led on offense by Alexandra Simms who is averaging 3.11 kills per set and has 168 kills this season.
On Saturday, UTA faces UTSA in San Antonio and will have to match up against the Roadrunners McKenzie Adams. Adams is third in the conference in kills per set with 4.18 and also third overall in total kills with 238.
The Mavericks were 0-2 against both opponents last season and are looking to gain ground in the WAC standings.
“We need to keep fighting no matter what, no matter how big the other team may be,” both sophomore setter Amanda Welsh and Dickson agreed.
Cross Country Runs at Notre Dame
The Mavericks men’s and women’s cross country team traveled to South Bend over the weekend and had a strong showing at the Notre Dame Invitational. The men finished second overall in the Gold Division behind Freshman Virgilio Martinez.
Martinez continued his standout campaign, as he placed fifth individually with a time of 24:50. He was just 22 seconds off the winning mark. Martinez now has two wins and a top-five finish in three career events.
Fellow freshman Craig Lautenslager took 11th in 25:03, as he was the team's second finisher for the third time in as many events.Three other Mavericks placed among the top 25 out of the 143 runners, as Cody Widener came in 13th (25:05), Ryan Tilotta placed 19th (25:08) and Emil Blombergwas 25th (25:20).
On the women's side, Hannah Nilsson once again paced the Mavericks, finishing eighth overall in 17:54. She has finished in the top 15 in all three of her outings this season.Freshman Gabriela Alfonzo also had a solid run, placing 20th in 18:11. UTA's other point scorers were: Ashley Wright (38th, 18:35), Sydney Hampton (47th, 18:42) and Courtney Mose (55th, 19:01).UTA totaled 168 points to finish behind first-place TCU (62), runner-up Notre Dame (86), Calvin College (130) and Eastern Michigan (134). Thirteen women's squads competed.
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