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Aguilera Sparks Mavs in Five-Set Win

Amanda Aguilera had 10 kills in the final two sets against the Islanders
Amanda Aguilera had 10 kills in the final two sets against the Islanders

Sept. 26, 2009

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ARLINGTON, Texas - Amanda Aguilera made her return to the outside hitter position while leading UT Arlington to a 25-23, 17-25, 19-25, 25-17, 15-11, victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday afternoon at Texas Hall. The Mavericks (6-8, 2-0 SLC) have won four of their last five matches and move to 2-0 in Southland Conference play for the first time since 2007. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi losses its second in a row and falls to 6-10 overall and to 0-2 in the SLC.

Aguilera, who underwent elbow surgery in the off-season, led the Mavericks with 12 kills (10 in the final two sets) and notched a double-double with 11 digs while helping the Mavs make a comeback after going down two sets to one. It was the first time Aguilera had played outside hitter this season.

Bianca Sauls and Tara Frantz also tallied 12 kills and Raegan Daniel put up 46 assists, 13 digs, four kills and two blocks to post her team-leading seventh double-double of the season. Sauls recorded her second double-double of the campaign with 13 digs, and her eight blocks set a new career-high.

UT Arlington took the first set behind four kills and four blocks from Sauls and three kills and three blocks from Christy Driscoll. The Mavs trailed 16-20 before going on an 8-3 run that gave them set point. An Islander hitting error sealed the Mavs' first-set victory, 25-23.

The Mavericks struggled in the second and third sets with combined -.036 hitting percentage (15 kills - 18 errors - 84 attacks). Sauls notched three kills and Shaffer picked up five digs in the second set. Frantz and Sauls then combined for eight of the Mavs' 15 kills in the third set while Sauls also had five of the team's 21 digs in the set. Frantz led all UTA players in the set with five kills.

Aguilera started the match as a rotation player only playing in the back row. She then went to the outside hitter position after the break. It took her just one set to make the adjustment to the position before guiding the Mavs to victory.

Aguilera put down seven kills with just one error and 10 swings in the fourth set and then provided a .750 hitting percentage in the fifth and final set with three kills on four attacks.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was led by Emma Ridley (26 kills, 12 digs) and Jessica Korda (20 kills).

UT Arlington will be on the road next week with a match at Lamar on Oct. 2 (7 p.m.) in Beaumont and with a match at Sam Houston State on Oct. 3 (7 p.m.) in Huntsville.

• UT Arlington improves to 9-1 all-time against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and to 4-0 in matches played in Arlington against the Islanders.

• The Mavs' 2-0 start in the SLC marks the 10th time they have started 2-0 since 1990

• UT Arlington has won four of its last five matches, which marks the best record over a five-match stretch since winning five straight in 2007 (Oct. 23-Nov. 3)

• The Mavericks went 4-3 in their seven-match homestand... Last season UT Arlington went 4-11 in 15 home matches.

• UT Arlington out-blocked Corpus Christi 14.5-10.0... The Mavericks now have back-to-back matches with at least 14 blocks (16.5 vs. UTSA - Sept. 24)... It is the first time UTA has tallied at least 14 blocks in back-to-back matches since recording 15 blocks against UTSA (Oct. 21, 2005) and 14 blocks against Texas State (Oct. 22, 2005) during the 2005 campaign... The Mavs defeated UTSA in four sets and lost to Texas State in four frames.

• The Mavericks tallied a .171 hitting percentage in the first set, a -.100 clip in the second set and a .159 hitting percentage in the third set before hitting .429 in the fourth set and .450 in the fifth set.

• UTA is now 2-1 in five-set matches this season and is 16-6 in five-set matches since 2005.

• UT Arlington had at least three players finish with a double-figure kills total (Bianca Sauls 12, Tara Frantz 12, Amanda Aguilera 12) and now have back-to-back matches with at least three players with double-figure kills after four players finished with over 10 kills against UTSA... It is the first time the Mavericks have had back-to-back matches with at least three players in double-figure kills since doing it in three straight matches in 2007... Five Mavericks tallied double-figure kills against Miami (Sept. 1, 2007), three players had double-figure kills against Marquette (Sept. 1, 2007) and three players had at least 10 against TCU (Sept. 5, 2007).

Bianca Sauls recorded her fifth match this season with at least 10 kills... Sauls finished with 12 kills and 13 digs which is her second double-double of the season and the 14th of her career... Sauls had a career-high eight blocks which ties the most by a Maverick in a single-match this season and is the most by any Southland Conference play in a five-set match this season... It was Sauls' sixth match this season with a double-figure digs total.

Tara Frantz tallied her third straight match with at least 10 kills and it is her fifth 10-plus kills match in her last six matches played... Frantz had a season-high and tied a career best with three digs.

Emily Shearin had eight kills - matching a season-high she has posted three times this season... Shearin also recorded four blocks, giving her a team-high 84 this season.

Alicia Shaffer finished with 16 digs, giving her eight matches this season with a double-figure dig total... Shaffer now has 29 career matches with at least 10 digs.

Raegan Daniel had 46 assists, marking her fourth match this season with at least 40, and the 14th 40-plus assist match of her career... Daniel also tallied 13 digs, giving her a team-high seven double-doubles this season and 18 for her career... Daniel currently ranks tied for third in the Southland Conference in double-doubles.

Teena Sobczak led the Mavericks with 20 digs... It was the third straight match and the fourth time this season Sobczak has led the team in digs... Sobczak now has 55 career double-figure dig matches.

Amanda Aguilera played her first sets of the season at the outside hitter position... Aguilera led the team with a .321 hitting percentage and finished with her first double-double of the season, which is the 11th of her career... It was the 15th career match for Aguilera with at least 10 kills... Aguilera now has five double-figure dig matches this season and 18 for her career.




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