July 21, 2017
ARLINGTON, Texas -- One of the sure signs that a season is approaching is the annual Photo Day for UTA Maverick sports teams.
Earlier this week, the UTA volleyball, women's basketball and men's basketball teams had a chance to get dressed-up for a formal portrait and put on their uniforms for the first time this year for various marketing photographs.
"Photo Day is always fun because the players really like showing the rest of the world they are real people and there is more to them than what the fans see on the court," said UTA women's basketball coach Krista Gerlich. "They have a chance to get dressed-up, put their best foot forward and pose for the cameras. Photo Day is also kind of a reality check that the season isn't really that far away, so the enthusiasm level picks up a bit."
The student-athletes also were able to bring their cell phones, which meant their social media accounts were buzzing. In addition to selfies, group pics and other posts, men's basketball point guard Erick Neal went live simultaneously on two different Instagram accounts -- his and the athletic department's (@UTAMavs).
Season tickets for the UTA volleyball and basketball teams are currently on sale via the Internet at UTATickets.com, by visiting the UTA Box Office at College Park Center or by calling (817) 272-9595 during weekday business hours.
Under first-year coach J.T. Wenger, the Maverick volleyball team opens its season on Friday, August 25 by hosting the annual UTA Invitational. The 2-day tournament includes programs from the University of Houston, McNeese State and Southern University.
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