MAVERICKS CLAIM FOUR-GAME WIN OVER HOST CANISIUS COLLEGE IN WESTERN NEW YORK INVITATIONAL OPENER
Sept. 3, 2004
Buffalo, N.Y. - Texas Arlington rebounded after dropping game one and rolled to a four-game victory over co-host Canisius College in the opening match of the 2004 Western New York Invitational Friday evening at the Koessler Athletic Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Game scores in the match were 25-30, 30-17, 30-17 and 30-18 as the Mavericks improved to 2-0 on the season.
After falling behind by as many as nine to start game one UTA used a 5-0 run to pull themselves within three at 20-23. The run, however was short lived as the Griffs used two Maverick errors and three straight points to push ahead 28-21. A Torie Dacus kill put the Mavs within four, but the game was out of reach as Canisius held on for a 30-25 win.
It seemed all the Mavericks needed was to get warmed up, coming out swinging in game two and building an early eight point lead. UTA never relinquished the lead powering forward behind the arms of Ashley Van Antwerp and Caley Smith who slammed five kills apiece in the 30-17 debacle.
Powered by Van Antwerp, Smith and Morgan Rogers in game three, the Mavericks cruised to a 30-17 victory. After being tied at four early UTA scored nine of the next ten points to push ahead 14-5.
Game four was much of the same as the Mavericks pushed ahead early and never looked back rolling to a 30-18 victory.
Van Antwerp paced the Mavericks offense equaling her career high 19 kills for the second straight match. Rogers was right behind with 17 and Caley Smith chipped in 12. Six Mavericks recorded double digit digs with Rogers leading the way (22), Van Antwerp (18), Torie Dacus (14) and Heeather Dunn, Caley Smith and Ashley Smith all with 12.
Texas-Arlington will continue tournament action Saturday, facing Buffalo at 10 a.m. and Niagara University that evening at 7 p.m.