Oct. 22, 2012
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – The men’s and women’s cross country team’s head to Ruston, La. this week for the WAC Championship hosted by Louisiana Tech.
The Mavericks’ men have had success leading up to this year’s WAC final. It finished first in this season’s opening meets, the first coming at the UTA Season Opener and the Louisiana Tech Mook 4. The men’s team then took second at the Notre Dame Inivitational, its final tune up before the conference final this upcoming weekend.
“Were ready and look forward to competing for a championship,” track coach John Sauerhage said.
The women also have found success in the meets leading up to the final. The team finished first at the Louisiana Tech Mook 4 and third at the UTA Season Opener before a fifth place finish at Notre Dame.
Sauerhage is confident that the team has more success to offer at the WAC Championships.
“Our ladies will have their best meet of the season, and look forward to the championship,” he said.
Volleyball hits the road
The Mavericks (8-15, 4-7) hit the road clinging to the eighth seed in this year’s conference tournament.
This week, UTA travels to first-place Utah State on Thursday and then to seventh-place San Jose State on Thursday. The Mavericks were defeated in straight sets against the Aggies from Utah State in its previous meeting back in September. Confidence though can be found in its play last week at home vs. New Mexico State, the second place team in the conference. UTA won a hard fought match 3-1 last week behind 10 kills from freshman Stacey Koch and a double-double from Shelby Dickson.
Just two games separate the Mavs from being out of the tournament or into a fourth-place tie with three other teams.
Golf travels across Texas
The UTA golf team travels to El Paso this week coming off a seventh-place finish at the Cabo Collegiate.
The rain-shortened tournament showed golf coach Jay Rees that the team needs to work on consistency going forward to improve. The team has been in contention after the opening rounds of each of its first four tournaments but has had poor rounds to close out the tournament.
"Unfortunately we could not finish and that's golf," Rees said. "We have to prove we can be more consistent and we will. But that is what's holding us back right now. I still believe our best golf is in front of us."
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