VB: Mavericks falter on Labor Day matchup to Islanders

Taylor Gross had a team high nine kills against TAMUCC.

Sept. 3, 2012

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By Taylor Wright | UTAMavs.com

ARLINGTON, Texas – The UT Arlington Mavericks fell to 3-5 on the season with a straight set loss to the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders who improve to 5-3 with the win.

Aggressive serving from the Islanders put them at an early 7-1 lead over the Mavericks. A solid block from Ashley Bennett and Taylor Gross pulled the Mavs within three at 4-7. A quick kill in transition and a block for Charmaine Whitmore brought the Islanders down from a long possession and put the Mavs at 8-12. However, UTA just couldn’t gain momentum and TAMUCC took set one, 25-14. Every Maverick hitter was held to just one kill in set one.

After a back-and-forth beginning in set two, a strong kill down the line from Karli Nanny put the Mavs up by three, 6-3, for the first time in the match. Whitmore came alive with two quick kills to put UTA up by four at 10-6. An error by the Mavericks in a long rally, tied up set two at 14-14. Nanny split the Islanders’ block for another kill to go up 18-17. Two kills for Shelby Dickson kept the set alive for the Mavs at 21-24. UT Arlington just couldn’t hang on and TAMUCC took set two, 25-23 to go up 2-0.

A kill from Taylor Gross put the Mavs up early at 4-0. The Islanders chipped away to tie it up at 9-9 with tough serving and blocking. Another kill from Gross followed by an ace from Dickson put the Mavs up by two in set three, 15-13. A kill off the UTA block by the Islanders tied things up again at 18-18. Whitmore had a well-placed tip to put UTA within one at 20-21. Although the Mavericks were in the lead the majority of set three, they fell to TAMUCC, 25-23.

“Nothing was really working in this match for us,” UT Arlington head coach Diane Seymour said. “Moving forward, we’re going to work on some blocking and hopefully work out a few things offensively. I also don’t think how we passed today is typical of how we usually pass as a team so I think today was an off day for us.”

The Mavericks will finish their home, pre-WAC schedule at the UTA Hilton Classic this weekend. UT Arlington will face Marist at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. The Mavs will then face Northwestern State at 1:30 p.m. and Southern Mississippi at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.

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