MAVERICKS OPEN SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE PLAY WITH THREE-GAME SWEEP OVER SFA
Sept. 16, 2003
ARLINGTON, Texas...The University of Texas at Arlington opened Southland Conference action with a bang as they handed rival Stephen F. Austin a three-game loss Tuesday evening at Texas Hall. The Mavericks improved to 3-6 overall and are off to a 1-0 start in the SLC.
The squads traded points early in game one until the Mavericks pushed ahead by two at 21-19 and forced a SFA timeout. An Elizabeth Davis kill and a Melissa Robinett block extended the Mavericks lead to four. UTA closed out the game with a 5-1 run and put the Ladyjacks away, 30-23.
After jumping to a 14-9 lead in game two the Mavericks allowed SFA to claw its way back and tie the game at 15 before Janine Smith used a timeout. UTA pushed ahead to take game two 30-26.
The Mavericks opened game four with an 11-4 run before the Ladyjacks took a timeout. The SFA timeout was not able to stop the Mavericks momentum as they continued to open their lead and took a 19-7 lead on a Robinett kill. UTA would push its lead to a comfortable 25-11 margin before the Ladyjacks might a slight run to make the final score closer than it really was at 30-19.
UTA was led by three players with double digit kill totals as Robinett led the way with 14, followed by Caley Smith with 11 and Davis with 10. Davis completed the double-double with 12 kills, while Julie Felts led the way with 16 and Ashley Smith chipped in with 10.
Blocking was the name of the game on this evening as UTA amassed 10 total team blocks with Robinett leading net dominance with five block assists and one block solo. Setter Heather Dunn also contributed five block assists to go along with 38 assists. SFA was led by Deborah Kirkham's 13 kills and 12 digs.
The Mavericks return to the court on Friday evening as they welcome the Cardinals of Lamar to Texas Hall for 7 p.m. showdown.