ABILENE, Texas - In the first road trip of the year, UT Arlington volleyball (3-1) claimed a sweep (25-21, 25-11, 25-18) at Abilene Christian (0-4) on Tuesday night.
“To be able to come in here and take care of business like we did is a good sign of maturity for us,” UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour. “I think a win like this will help our confidence and will make it easier for us to play on the road.”
After hitting .163 in the opening set of the match and committing eight attack errors, the Mavericks bounced back in the second and third sets, hitting .560 and .483 respectively. UTA also ended the match hitting .361, while ACU hit just .151.
After leading the Wildcats 16-15 in the first set, the Mavericks went on a 9-3 run that gave the first set to UTA 25-21.
The momentum from the opening set carried into the second set for UTA as they stormed out to a 7-3 lead that was capped off with a Taylor Gross kill off a Welsh set. ACU then attempted to make a run of its own as they closed the gap down to two points at 8-6, but the Mavs ruined any hope of a comeback as they finished the set on a 17-5 run.
The Wildcats seemed to have things figured out in the third set as they kept it close with UTA, but a 6-1 run highlighted by a Canete kill gave the Mavs a 21-16 lead. Canete then finished off the match for UT Arlington as her kill was the third straight point for the Mavericks as they ended the match.
UTA will return to action this Friday and Saturday when it takes part in The Big Daddy’s Invitational in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
VB: Tessa Harfield's Journey to Arlington
VB: Mavs Open Conference Play with Troy, South Alabama
Texas Trust Scholar-Athlete Of The Week
VB: Mavs Hold Pre-Conference Media Day
VB: Canete Tabbed to Mav Classic All-Tourney Team
VB: Arizona State Sweeps UTA in Maverick Classic Finale