The Mavericks are 3-1 against teams from the Sun Belt East Division this season.
Caitlyn Cooney enters her senior season 649 digs shy of becoming the all-time Maverick dig leader.
The Mavs will look to mimic their 2013 postseason run that saw them make their way to the championship match.
UTA will look to pick up its 24th win this season when they face Georgia Southern on Friday night.
Gross will look to go out on top as she plays her final match at College Park Center this Sunday.
Played in 111 sets with 31 matches played as a libero...named Southland Conference Libero of the Year... ranked 14th in the nation with 5.69 digs per set... led the SLC in overall digs and digs in conference play... averaged 6.03 digs per set against Southland opponents...second in single-season record for digs with 640... first in career records with 2.033 digs from 08-11.
Played in 119 sets with 30 starts as the libero... named Second-Team Academic All-Southland Conference... led Southland Conference in digs per set (6.22) and total digs (398) in SLC matches... ranked third in Southland Conference in overall digs per set (5.15) and overall digs (613)... led team in digs per set and digs... 613 digs rank second in UT Arlington single-season history... currently ranks 10th on UT Arlington's all-time digs record list (1,393) with a chance to break the program record this season... set new career high with 43 digs at Stephen F. Austin (10/27)... recorded 37 digs in four-set match at Northwestern State (10/23)... posted team's top five single-match dig totals of season... 43 digs at Stephen F. Austin (10/27) marked highest output for any player in a Southland Conference match in 2010... posted three of Southland Conference's top 10 single-game digs totals... turned in Southland Conference's highest tallies in digs in a three-set match - 28 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (11/11) - and in a four-set match - 37 at Northwestern State (10/23)... reached double figures in digs 27 times, including an active streak of 21 matches... topped the 20-dig total on 14 occasions with four matches of 30-plus digs and one match of 40-plus digs... tied UT Arlington match records for digs in a three-set match (28 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi), digs in a four-set match (37 at Northwestern State) and digs in a five-set match (43 at Stephen F. Austin)... 43 digs at Stephen F. Austin marked the highest total from a UT Arlington player since Ashley Smith in 2006... recorded two aces in matches against UT Pan American (9/4) and against UTSA (11/13)... recorded season-high five assists three times: against Wichita State (8/28), against Central Arkansas (10/9) and against Sam Houston State (10/16)... led team in digs 24 times... member of the Capital One/Southland Conference 2010 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll.
One of three UTA players to play and start in all 102 sets and 29 matches with 16 starts at libero and 13 at outside hitter... led team in digs (393) and digs per set (3.85)... ranked sixth in SLC in digs per set... averaged 4.21 digs per set in SLC play ranking fifth in the conference... season-high 27 digs in season finale against Lamar (11/20) in SLC Tournament was the most by a UTA player since Nov. 10, 2007 (Torie Dacus - 30; Dani Johnson - 36) and was tied for third most by an SLC player... season-high 43 attempts in four sets against UTSA (9/24) was third most by a Maverick... tallied 41 attempts against Oklahoma (9/12), which tied for the most by a Maverick in a five-set match... notched the top three single-match dig totals with 27, 26 and 25, all coming in four-set matches... posted 20 digs - most by a Maverick in a three-set match - against Southeastern Louisiana (10/22)... season-high six blocks (twice) tied for sixth most in a match by a UTA player... notched two double-doubles with 11 kills/11 digs against UTSA (9/24) and 11 kills/17 digs against Oklahoma (9/12)... led team in digs a team-leading 13 times... collected double-figure digs in 22 matches... team leader in service aces five times, led team in blocks twice and led team in kills once... recorded a season-high 11 kills three times... member of the Capital One/Southland Conference 2009 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll... named to the UT Arlington Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll.
Played in 112 sets with 29 starts as the libero... ranks fifth on all-time UT Arlington freshman digs (387) list... led team in digs, ranked second in assists (44) and tied for fourth in service aces (12)... ranked fourth in the Southland Conference averaging 4.05 digs per set... seventh in the SLC averaging 3.46 digs per set during league play... recorded the five highest dig totals on the team in three-set matches... 20 digs against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (9/27) was a team-high during a three-set match... season-high 24 digs against Lamar (11/8) tied a single-match team-high (Teena Sobczak, 24 digs in same match)... had 21 matches with at least 10 digs... notched 12 straight matches with a double-figure digs total (9/26-11/1)... team leader in digs on 18 occasions - which lead the team... named to the UT Arlington Fall Spring 2009 Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll.
A four-year player and letterwinner at Magnolia High School for coach Terri Johnson... a prep standout who participated four years in the Junior Olympics, placing third three times... a four-time all-district and first team academic all-district selection ... named a 2006 and 2007 Prep Volleyball All-American "Defensive Dandy"... chosen to the All-Texas Honorable Mention squad... selected to the 2006 Texas Sportswriters 5A All-State Honorable Mention list... tabbed Honorable Mention All-State as a junior... earned 2006 15-5A District Defensive Player of the Year accolades... garnered Montgomery County First Team All-Area and Montgomery County Defensive Player of the Year honors as a junior... two-time Magnolia High School Defensive Player of the Year (2006-2007)... also a 17-5A All-District track & field selection in the 100M hurdles and 4x100 relay. Personal
Daughter of Dennis and Lisa Shaffer... born April 2, 1990... a social work major at UT Arlington.