MAVS USE HUGE RALLY TO PUT END TO LOSING STREAK
Sept. 15, 2007
IOWA CITY, Iowa - UT Arlington used an 8-0 run in the fourth and deciding game to put an end to a four-match losing streak with a 30-24, 21-30, 30-24, 30-26 victory over the College of Charleston at the Hawkeye-Holiday Inn Challenge.
The match looked to be destined to go five games as the Mavs trailed throughout the fourth game and found themselves trailing 26-22. A hitting error by the Cougars followed and sparked the offense as Torie Dacus and Gina Kalb recorded back-to-back kills to pull within one.
The Cougars (5-4) would call a timeout to stop the run, but that did not work as Emily Nedderman came out of the timeout with three service aces that surrounded another Cougar error. With the match now at game point, Kalb and Dacus delivered the block that sealed the victory.
After both teams went toe-to-toe during the early part of the opening game, the Mavs went on a 13-4 run to take a commanding 23-13 lead. The Cougars did not roll over as they went on a run of their own to pull within three points at 26-23. Nedderman saw to it that the run stopped there with a solo block and Dacus followed it up with a kill to push the Mavs to the 30-24 victory in the opening game.
UTA (6-6) continued its second-game woes as the Mavs started the game by matching the Cougars at 19-19 on the first kill from Chelsea Taylor. From that point on, it was all CofC as the Cougars scored 11 of the next 13 points to take the game 30-21.
The Mavs recovered in the third game and raced out to a 10-4 lead. Liz Curry would help to extend the advantage with four kills and Gina Kalb would team up with Teena Sobczak and then Dacus on back-to-back blocks to push the advantage to seven. The Cougars would make a little run, but Kalb would stop the run with a kill and Curry ended things with her fifth kill of the game.
The Cougars quickly seized momentum at the start of the fourth game by scoring the first six points on their way to the early 10-5 advantage. They would continue to push the lead until the Mavs finally made a run and pulled to within three on a service ace by Curry. The run was abruptly stopped on two kills from Tiffany Blum and an ace from Megan Parkerson.
After a Mavs timeout, Sobczak's kill was followed by a Cougar hitting error and a Dani Johnson ace to once again pull within three at 25-22.
Dacus paced the Mavs attack with 13 kills and 14 digs. Sobczak added nine kills and 17 digs, while Kalb chipped in with nine kills and six blocks. Johnson led the team with 20 digs.
As a team, UTA recorded a season-high 14 service aces led by Nedderman with four and Johnson with three.
The Mavs return to the court at 5 p.m. to take on Ball State.