Aug. 30, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - In the final day of the College Park Maverick Classic, UT Arlington claimed one victory over Jackson State 3-0 and fell to Denver 3-2. With the split UTA goes to 2-1 after the opening weekend of play.
“I think this will pay big dividends later on in the season,” said head coach Diane Seymour. “You do want to hit these bumps in the road to see what kind of team you have and I’m proud that I have this team.”
UT Arlington 3, Jackson State 0
UT Arlington relied on strong performances from Ashley Bennett and Stacey Koch as the Mavericks claimed a compelling 25-14, 25-9, 25-17 victory over Jackson State University in the College Park Maverick Classic on Saturday afternoon.
The win gave the Mavs a 2-0 record on the year and puts UTA up 2-0 all-time versus Jackson State.
Stacey Koch's efficiency showed in the match as she recorded an attack percentage of .846 with 11 kills and two assists. Ashley Bennett joined in as she recorded 11 kills and an attack percentage of .474. Amanda Welsh and Cassidy Wheeler also helped lead the Mavericks as they each compiled 18 assists.
UT Arlington had an exceptional offensive showing as they outhit the Lady Tigers .472 to .087 on the match and recorded 48 kills to JSU's 24.
Ashley Bennett paced the Mavericks early on as her five kills helped give UTA the first set by a score of 25-14. Taylor Gross was also effective in her time on the court as she recorded an attack percentage of .667 with two kills in her three attacks. The Mavs also outhit the Lady Tigers .375 to .100 and led 14-10 in kills in the opening set.
UTA scored five straight points early in the opening set to force Jackson State to call a timeout. The Mavs kept the momentum on their side as they earned four of the first five points out of the break highlighted by back-to-back kills by Ashley Bennett.
The dominance continued for UT Arlington in the second set as they outhit Jackson State .609 to 0.000, winning the set 25-9. Stacey Koch ignited the Mavericks offensively as she recorded six kills and a perfect attack percentage in the second set. Cassidy Wheeler also helped direct UTA as she recorded 11 assists and four digs in her time on the court.
After leading 9-8 in the second set, the Mavericks took control by scoring all but one of the points over the remainder of the set. Stacey Koch recorded kills in three of the final four plays of the set.
Bennett and Koch paired up in the final set of the match as they recorded five and four kills respectively to give UTA the final set 25-17. Amanda Welsh also guided the Mavericks as she recorded 10 assists.
Denver 3, UTA 2
The final game of the College Park Maverick Classic was a thrilling match that UT Arlington came out on the wrong end of as Denver claimed the victory 3-0 (12-25, 25-22, 25-12, 17-25, 25-23). The two teams recorded nearly identical attack percentages as the Pioneers barely held an edge as they hit .233 compared to .225 for the Mavericks.
Qiana Canete recorded her first double-double of her career as she notched 13 kills and 18 digs in the five-set match. Stacey Koch also came up big for UTA as she recorded 16 kills and an attack percentage of .517.
UTA relied on an attack percentage of .333 to claim the first set 25-12. Freshman Qiana Canete paced UT Arlington as she recorded five kills and an attack percentage of 0.333. Cassidy Wheeler also made an impact early as she recorded seven assists and one kill.
The Mavs took an early lead in the first set, using a 7-2 run to go up 12-7 after Stacey Koch and Ashley Bennett teamed up for a block and forced Denver to take a timeout. UT Arlington then made it 17-10 on a kill by Briana Sharratt while UTA closed out the set with six straight points.
The Pioneers led for nearly the entire second set with a .372 attack percentage that gave them the set 25-22. The lone lead of the set for UT Arlington came off a Taylor Gross kill that put the Mavericks up 11-10, but Denver answered back with three straight points of their own to take a 13-11 lead.
Hannah Baptiste did her part to keep UTA in the set as she recorded three kills and an attack percentage of .500. Cassidy Wheeler also chipped in as she registered five assists and dug four balls for the Mavs.
Denver carried over their momentum into the third set as they took a 16-6 lead early. The Pioneers claimed the set 25-12 as they hit an impressive .682.
The Mavericks came out with a sense of urgency early in the fourth set as they took a 9-1 lead thanks to a block by Ashley Bennett and Hannah Baptiste. Despite the Pioneers cutting UTA’s lead down to five points at 15-10, the Mavs finished strong claiming the set 25-17, forcing the fifth and deciding set.
The fifth set was more of the same as the back and forth continued between the two teams. After UT Arlington took a 3-1 lead off of a Hannah Baptiste and Briana Sharratt block, the Pioneers gained control on a setting error that put Denver up 11-10. With both teams having had multiple oppoturnites to seal the victory, Denver ended on top by a final score of 25-23.
The Mavericks will return to action this Tuesday when they travel to Abilene, Texas to take on Abilene Christian with the match set to start at 7 p.m.
College Park Maverick Class All-Tournament Team
#18 Shaina Garza OH, UIW
#11 Stacey Koch RS, UTA
#1 Ashley Bennett MB, UTA
#8 Erica Denney MB, DEN
#1 Bailey Karst S, DEN
#2 Cassie Baird OP, DEN