Aug. 31, 2007
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - The UT Arlington volleyball team used a balanced attack on Friday evening as all six starters recorded at least five kills in the Mavericks 30-22, 30-22, 30-26 sweep of Oakland in the first match of the Marquette Kick-Off Tournament.
Dacus was the only Mav in double figures with 13 kills. She was followed by Bianca Sauls (9), Gina Kalb (8), Ellen Murray and Teena Sobczak (7) and Emily Nedderman (5). Sobczak led the defense with 18 digs and Sauls added 12.
"It is a relief, I guess, to travel and put somebody away in three games," said head coach Diane Seymour. "The new coach at Oakland is going to do a great job with that team and they were kind of a mirror image us. They scrambled hard on defense and I actually thought they worked a little harder than us tonight. It is a good feeling to come out and beat them in three cause they were a tough, pesky opponent."
The Grizzlies (1-4) opened up an early four-point advantage after back-to-back service aces from Hallie Beattie. Following a timeout, UTA got the offense rolling and got three-straight kills from Kalb, Sauls and Dacus to open a 16-14 advantage. After OU tied the score at 17-17, Sauls followed up a kill with a service ace to retake a three-point advantage.
The Mavs would continue the momentum following a Grizzlies' timeout as they scored four of the next five points to seize control of the game. The outside hitters led the late attack as a pair of kills from Sauls and Sobczak fueled the 30-22 victory.
UTA (2-1) jumped out early in the second game as Dacus delivered three kills to start before Sauls added another for a 5-0 advantage. The Grizzlies battled back to within one, but were never able to take the lead as five hitting errors helped the Mavs open a four-point lead.
The Grizzlies again battled to within one, but another kill from Dacus sparked a 9-3 run to take a commanding 21-14 advantage. UTA continued its offensive pressure and sealed the deal as kills from Dacus and Kalb were followed by a pair of OU errors for the 30-22 decision.
The Mavs struggled for much of the third game and found themselves down by as many as four points before continuing to battle and finally take the lead for good at 23-22 on a kill from Nedderman. The middle blockers would help increase the lead as Murray put away two balls and Kalb had another to set up match point before Dacus ended the match.
The Mavs return to action tomorrow morning as they take on Miami (Fla.) at 10:30 a.m. at the Al McGuire Center.
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