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SB: Mavs prepare for 2013 campaign

Junior Callie Collins returns for her third season with the Mavericks.
 
Junior Callie Collins returns for her third season with the Mavericks.
 

Jan. 23, 2013

By Melissa Cebold | UTAMavs.com

ARLINGTON, Texas – The UT Arlington softball team has hit the field in preparation for the 2013 season.

“This team worked very hard this fall and now our focus for the spring is to continue to get better every day and to control the controllable,” UT Arlington softball coach Kristie Fox said.

Fox is in here first season as the Mavericks head softball coach after spending three years as an assistant coach at Texas Tech University.

“There are a few positions that are still up for grabs that we are looking for players to take over in the next couple of weeks," Fox said. "We have had a few personnel changes and injuries that caught us off guard, but the girls are taking it all in stride."

The weightroom plays a large roll when preapre of a season and the Mavericks made sure they were committed to working on strength as well as speed and agility.

"The team had a great off-season in the fall, continued on their own over Christmas, and came back ready to go for the season," UTA strength and conditioning coach Kathy Wager said. "The foundation has been set. They are strong both mentally and physically.

"I'm excited to see it transfer over to field as we start the season."

The team has been working on every element of the game. Offensively, the women are hitting live pitching and practicing different situations as well as getting aggressive mentally. Defensively, the Mavericks have gone back to the basics working on maintaining fundamentals, while working on communicating with each other and working cohesively.

The Mavericks pitching staff has been gearing up as well. Returners Teri Lyles and Callie Collins, along with newcomer Brittany May, have been working to perfect spins and ball location.

Overall, the team is preparing through constant work each day, and putting forth a positive attitude and a great effort.

“We are excited to get on the field and get to enjoy the part of the season that we worked so hard all fall for and that is the games,” Fox said.

The softball team beings its 2013 campaign in Orlando, Fla. as the team competes in the UCF Holiday Inn Select Feb. 15-17.


 

 

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