Sept. 1, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - UT Arlington was defeated 25-20, 25-14, 25-11, as Arkansas won its home opener at Barnhill Arena on Tuesday night. Sophomore Eld-hah Kaswatuka led the Mavericks with six kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Junior setter Raegan Daniel added 13 assists, three digs, three blocks and three kills. The Mavericks fall to 1-3 on the campaign and Arkansas is now 2-2 overall.
The Mavericks stayed close in the early going in both of the opening sets, as Arkansas held an 11-8 lead in the first set and an 11-9 lead in the second frame before regaining momentum. Arkansas used a 7-2 run in the first set and a 7-1 run in the second set with a combined nine kills to pull away and take a 2-0 advantage with a 25-20 first-set win and a 25-14 win in the second frame.
"We talked a lot to the team after the match about being right there with an opponent and then letting them get away," UT Arlington head coach Diane Seymour said. "Tonight we passed the ball a little tight, and we didn't let Raegan get a chance to set our hitters in that situation. We just kind of let them get away with a six-point turn."
The Razorbacks started to get their offense figured out in the second set with an impressive .542 hitting percentage (15 kills - 2 errors - 24 kills).
Kaswatuka led the Mavs offensively with five kills on six attempts in the first two sets while finishing the match with six kills and only two errors. Alicia Shaffer notched four kills and Christy Driscoll and Bianca Sauls joined Daniel with three kills each. Shaffer led the Mavericks with nine digs.
"Eld-hah was one of our bright spots offensively," Seymour said. "Six kills might not be a lot, but if we can get two kills a set from Eld-hah we are heading in the right direction. We had some other players that got off to a good start offensively but we just didn't dig enough balls to give ourselves a chance to set our hitters enough."
After the second set saw six ties and two lead changes, the third set was all Razorbacks as they hit .304 as a team compared to the Mavs' -.138 percentage (4 kills - 8 errors - 29 attacks).
The Razorbacks averaged 14 kills and digs per set with a total of 18 blocks at the net.
"Arkansas did a great job tonight," Seymour said. "They are a very athletic and physical and a great blocking team."
UT Arlington will remain on the road this weekend as they travel to Fort Collins, Colo., for the Colorado State Hilton Classic at Moby Arena. The Mavs take on Georgia Southern on Friday (5:30 p.m.) and Colorado State (2 p.m.) and Ohio State (8:00 p.m.) on Saturday.
UT Arlington falls to 0-3 all-time against Arkansas, including a 0-2 record in Fayetteville... The Mavericks are now 20-21 all-time against SEC opponents... Alicia Shaffer's nine digs led the team for the second time this season and for the 20th time in her career... Kaswatuka led the team with six kills, marking the first time in her career she led the team... Emily Shearin led the Mavericks with two aces and now has at least one ace in three straight matches... Shearin leads the team this season with six aces... Shearin's first kill against Arkansas marked the 100th in her career.
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