Mavericks drop opening match of UTA/Hilton Invitational

Sept. 9, 2005

Final Stats

ARLINGTON, Texas - Senior Ashley Van Antwerp tallied a career-high 29 kills, but Texas-Arlington fell in its opening match of the UTA/Arlington Hilton Invitational to Iowa, 35-33, 25-30, 30-21, 30-27, Friday evening at Texas Hall.

Texas Arlington (1-6) opened the first game on a 14-9 run, powered by an ace from setter Emily Nedderman and two kills by Van Antwerp. Iowa (5-1) fought back to take the lead, 16-15, using a 7-1 run. Tiana Costanza registered two kills during the stretch. The two teams traded points down the stretch to tie the score, 33-33. An attack error by middle blocker Gina Kalb and a kill by Kiley Fister helped the Hawkeyes to a 35-33 victory in the opening game.

In game two, Iowa jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but Texas-Arlington rallied and coasted to an easy 30-25 victory. Van Antwerp rattled off seven kills during the game, which included three straight to push the Maverick lead to 26-22.

Game three had Texas-Arlington jumping out to an early 3-0 lead on kills from Nedderman and Van Antwerp. Iowa regrouped and took the third game easily, 30-21. Stacy Vitali led the Hawkeyes with seven kills during the game.

In the final game, the two teams battled to a 26-26 tie, before the Hawkeyes took four of the next five points to capture the victory.

Van Antwerp had a double-double on the evening, adding 11 digs to her 29 kills. The 29 kills surpassed her previous career-high of 24, which she set against Stephen F. Austin last season. Outside hitter Torie Dacus had a solid night posting nine kills and 16 digs. Neddermann also had a career-high 52 assists for the match.

Vitali led the Hawkeyes with 22 kills, while Catherine Smale added 21 kills. Setter Kiley Fister dished out a game-high 62 assists and libero Emily Hiza tallied 15 digs.



In other tournament action, Iowa defeated Texas-Pan American, 3-0, and Wake Forest bested Arkansas-Little Rock, 3-2.

Texas-Arlington will be back in action Saturday when it hosts Texas-Pan American at 2:30 p.m. and Arkansas-Little Rock at 7 p.m.


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