Sept. 15, 2012
By Taylor Wright | UTAMavs.com
RUSTON, Louisiana – The UT Arlington volleyball team earned its first Western Athletic Conference win in program history with a 3-1 victory Saturday over Louisiana Tech. The Mavericks are now 5-8 overall and 1-0 in the WAC.
"It's very exciting to get our first WAC win, not only for the team but for the volleyball program," UTA head coach Diane Seymour said.
Two quick kills off of the Louisiana Tech block put the Mavs up by two in set one, 2-0. A hitting and serve receive error by UTA gave the Lady Techsters a 4-3 lead. A block from Charmaine Whitmore and Amanda Welsh once again gave the Mavericks the lead, 6-5. UT Arlington rolled behind the serve of Amy Davault to 9-6 in the first set. An ace from libero, Valerie Stetzer forced a La. Tech timeout at 12-7.
A stop at the net by Ashley Bennett and Davault at 16-9 caused another Lady Techster timeout. Whitmore found an empty corner for a kill and brought the Mavs within five of winning their first set in the WAC, 20-11. La. Tech closed the gap but the Mavericks took the first set, 25-16. Shelby Dickson had a team high five kills and digs, Whitmore also tallied five kills and two blocks, and Welsh notched 15 assists in the first set.
Aggressive serving and disciplined blocking gave the Mavs an early 6-2 lead in set two. Dickson split the block of the Lady Techsters for a kill to preserve UTA’s lead, 9-6. A smart, quick attack by Welsh put the Mavericks up by four, 12-8, and forced a Louisiana Tech timeout. Whitmore earned another kill with a shot over the block out of serve receive, 15-10. Davault tooled a kill off the La. Tech block to put the Mavs up by seven at 17-10.
The Whitmore from Welsh combination could not be stopped by the Lady Techsters and UT Arlington went up 19-11 in set two. Davault put away a kill and the set for the Mavericks, 25-14. Whitmore and Dickson led the UTA attack and have nine kills through two sets. Whitmore had a team high three blocks, Davault tallied nine digs while Walsh had 28 assists in two sets.
After a long rally, Taylor Gross put away a kill to give the Mavericks a 2-0 lead in the third set. Back-to-back kills from the La. Tech outside hitter tied things up at 5-5. Unforced errors from UT Arlington gave the Lady Techsters the lead, 10-7. The Mavs tied things up at 10-10 after their timeout behind the serve of Stetzer. Unable to find their rhythm, UTA drops six straight points to give Louisiana Tech the lead, 16-10.
After a hard-fought rally, Karli Nanny finally put the ball away and forced a La. Tech timeout at 21-12. Another kill from Whitmore closed the gap, 23-16. The Mavericks fell in the third set, 25-18. Dickson had a team high 11 kills through three sets and was tied with Davault in digs at 13. Welsh still led in assists with 37 and Whitmore had three blocks.
The Mavericks jumped out to an early lead in set four at 6-1 which pushed the Lady Techsters into a timeout. Gross and Whitmore earned a block to extend UT Arlington’s lead, 8-2. An ace from defensive specialist, Megan Casey pushed the Mavs ahead by eight, 12-4.
Louisiana Tech found some momentum to put them down by only five, 14-9. UTA capitalized on La. Tech errors to climb to 18-11 late in the fourth set. Davault put away a ball tight to the net for a kill and a 22-13 lead. UT Arlington takes the set and the match, 25-14.
Dickson and Davault both notched a double-double in kills and digs in this match to lead the way for the Mavericks. Dickson had 12 kills and 19 digs while Davault tallied 13 kills and 14 digs. Gross and Whitmore were also offensive threats with 10 and 11 kills, respectively. Welsh had a team high 45 assists and Whitmore led with six blocks.
"Our success over Louisiana Tech came from our ability to spread out our offensive production and several kids stepped up defensively for us," Seymour said.
"We need to keep this momentum going and stay confident so that we can go all out our one year in the WAC," UTA setter Amanda Welsh said.
The Mavs travel to Denver, Colorado to take on Denver on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:00 p.m. CST. Their trip continues as they face off against New Mexico State in Las Crucces, New Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 12:00 p.m. CST.
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