Nov. 19, 2012
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas- This week in UTA Athletics, the volleyball team travels to San Antonio for the WAC tournament and men's and women's basketball look to bounce back from losses in its home opener.
Qualifying for the WAC tournament on the final match-day of the year, the Mavericks volleyball team enters the tournament as the No. 8 seed and will face No. 1 seed Utah State in the opening round of the 8-team tournament hosted by UT San Antonio.
In the two match-ups this season with the Aggies of Utah State, the Mavericks fell in straight sets. However, even with being shutout the Mavs can find solice in the matches being close. In three of the six sets UTA was just points away from tilting the match the other way.
"I'm excited to play Utah State because we did really match-up well with them," sophomore outside hitter Taylor Gross said. "I really think that out of the whole WAC conference we can beat them. I'm really excited to carry our intensity over to them."
A second-team All-Wac selection, Gross said that she hopes that the Mavs continue its momentum that it gained from its 3-0 victory in the final match of the season against Louisiana Tech.
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Women's Basketball facing another tough game at home
The Mavericks are set to host the Memphis Tigers on Wednesday night at College Park Center. The Tigers have opened up the season with a 2-1 record in play at the Womens Pre-Season NIT.
The Mavs, who are 0-3 this season, will have a tough match-up on their hands trying to stop the Tiger's senior forward Nicole Dickson. Dickson scored a career-high 36-points in the final game of the tournament against Illinois State. UTA gave up a game-high 32-points to last seasons runner up for PPG in NCAA Division I Kevi Luper.
"Memphis is a very good basketball team," women's basketball coach Samantha Morrow said. "We have to have a short memory. We're off tomorrow and come back Sunday to practice. They have got to shoot my shots to become more confident in their shot. We're just going to keep plugging away."
Men Begin four-game road trip
After falling in a close one to the University of Oklahoma in its home opener, the men return to action to start a four-game road trip before it returns home on Dec. 13 to face Houston Baptist.
Up first for the Mavericks is a game at Samford on Saturday Nov. 24. The Bulldogs have started the season 1-3 but will be up for its biggest test of the season with the Mavs come to town.
After facing Samford, UTA returns to the metroplex to face area-rival North Texas on Nov. 28. Then UTA takes on arguably its toughest test of pre-conference play when it travels to Austin to take on the University of Texas on Dec. 1. The road trip concludes on Dec. 3 at UT Pan American.
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