Volleyball wins behind balanced attack
Sept. 3, 2010
ARLINGTON, Tex. - Raegan Daniel set out to evenly distribute the opportunities Friday afternoon in UT Arlington's 3-1 win over Arkansas-Little Rock at Texas Hall.
Her efforts netted 48 assists and helped three Mavericks land double-digit kill totals in their first game of the UT Arlington Maverick Classic. Eld-hah Kaswatuka led the match with 17 kills, helping guide UTA to its 9-25, 31-29, 25-22, 25-17 victory.
The game didn't start quite so promising. UALR won the first set 25-9.
The Mavericks responded, though, hanging tough in the 60-point second set, holding off several Trojans rallies.
UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour stressed two points before the tournament. For starters, she wanted to see her team come up with more digs. Libero Alicia Shaffer rose to the challenge, tallying 22 digs. Bianca Sauls added 13 of her own and Daniel and Kendall Whitson compiled seven apiece.
The other issue Seymour wanted to address was spreading the wealth - especially to her middle hitters. With the added opportunities, Emily Shearin posted 11 kills, Christy Driscoll added six and Sauls had seven more.
Outside hitters Kaswatuka and Tara Frantz still led the charge. Frantz contributed 14 kills herself.
Shearin also turned in a spectacular defensive effort, totaling eight of the Mavericks' 14 blocks.
Eva Xie led UALR with 17 kills.