MAVS TAKE OUT HURRICANES IN FIVE-GAME THRILLER
Sept. 1, 2007
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - Senior setter Emily Nedderman's first triple-double of the season proved to be the difference as UT Arlington came away with a hard-fought 32-30, 26-30, 30-19, 22-30, 15-12 victory over Miami (Fla.) to improve to 2-0 at the Marquette Kickoff Tournament. The five-game victory improves the Mavs to 8-2 in their last 10 five-game matches.
The evenly played match continued in the deciding fifth game as the team's split the first eight points before UTA got kills from Gina Kalb and Bianca Sauls, along with a block from Torie Dacus and Ellen Murray to take a 7-4 lead. The lead would grow to 12-7 before the Canes went on a run of their own to trim the lead to 13-12. A pair of late hitting errors from UM ended the game and the match.
"It was huge to wake up this morning and bounce back against a quality opponent," said head coach Diane Seymour. "I was glad to see us go five, but I may not be happy tonight. We will see how we do on that."
The two teams came out in the opening game and were even before the Mavs went on an 8-4 run to take a 15-11 lead. The Hurricanes pulled to within one before Murray delivered a kill and teamed up with Teena Sobczak to open another four-point advantage.
"I was very happy to see the resurgence of Teena to be an offensive force and be more steady and confident in her play," said Seymour.
The Canes (2-3) prompted a Maverick timeout by using a 6-1 run to take a 21-20 lead. Sobczak seized control out of the timeout as she recorded four kills to give UTA what looked liked an insurmountable lead at 29-25. UM would not go quietly as a pair of service aces from Maria Anderson and a kill by Ashley Woods drew the match even at 29-29. UTA would get back to game point on the seventh kill of the game from Sobczak and then end things with an ace from Nedderman.
The second game was as tight as could be as neither team was able to open more than a two-point lead until Bridget Bomhack delivered a kill to make the score 26-23. The Mavs were never able to get any closer than two points as UM took the second game 30-26.
UTA (3-1) regained its poise in the third game as a pair of Nedderman service aces capped a 7-1 run that opened an 18-11 advantage. The Mavs would continue the push from there and never allow the Canes to get any closer as UM helped the cause with 11 hitting errors in the 30-19 decision.
The pendulum swung back in the direction of the Hurricanes in the fourth game as UM overcame an early four-point deficit to take the lead for good at 19-18 on a kill from Genny Mayhew. From that point, the Canes used an 8-2 run to put the game out of reach.
Nedderman's 10 kill, 46 assist, 11 dig effort was her first triple of the season and seventh of her career. Nedderman was not alone in having a strong game as Sobczak added 15 kills and 16 digs, Sauls chipped with 12 kills and 15 digs, Dacus added 11 kills and 15 digs and Kalb had eight kills and six blocks.
The Mavs return to the court at 7 p.m. this evening when they take on tournament-host Marquette.