BOONE, N.C. -- Behind the 10th double-double of the year from Qiana Canete, UTA volleyball concluded its first road weekend in league play with a three-set sweep at Appalachian State (25-20, 25-15, 25-15) on Sunday afternoon at the Holmes Convocation Center.
UTA (8-9, 2-2 Sun Belt Conference) used a season-high .391 (43-for-92) attacking percentage as a team to roll Appalachian State (6-12, 1-3 Sun Belt) in three sets. The Mavs controlled the match throughout, allowing just five runs from the Mountaineers of multiple points, with four coming as 2-0 stretches.
The Mavs fought off the Mountaineers in a five-point win in the first before scoring 50 of the final 80 points in the match to sweep. UTA hit .424 in the first set and used the momentum from a 3-0 run to finish off the game to cruise through the final two sets.
LEADING THE MAVS
Canete, a native of Copperas Cove, Texas, notched her 10th double-double of the year with 14 kills and 12 digs. Junior Zhanelle Geathers fought off a sluggish start with a powerful finish, recording 10 kills on 21 swings. Freshman Tessa Harfield was 6-for-6 on her first six swings of the match and had seven kills in nine attempts.
The Mavs got a match-best 34 assists from freshman setter Kailyn Gilbreath, with the Fort Worth native adding three kills in five swings with seven digs. Sophomore Kylie Jedlicka had six kills and four digs, with sophomore Madison McConnell charting three kills. Libero Libbie Vickers had a team-leading 16 digs with senior Ashlynn Ford owning seven digs.
The Mavs continue a five-match road swing on Friday at Arkansas State at 6:30 p.m. CT, before traveling to face Little Rock on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
After trading the first points of the game, UTA used a 4-0 run to take a 5-2 lead, getting terminations from Harfield and Jedlicka to build an early lead. McConnell's kill gave UTA a 7-4 lead with Canete spurring a 2-0 run with a kill for a 9-5 lead. Appalachian State then went on its longest run of the match with a 4-0 stretch with UTA Coach J.T. Wenger using his only timeout of the day with the game evened at 10-10. UTA answered single points from App. State with three 2-0 runs, getting kills from Jedlicka, Gilbreath and Canete to take a 17-15 lead. A 3-0 run – including a kill from Harfield and an ace from Canete – gave UTA a 21-17 lead, but the Mountaineers answered with its final run of the set, cutting it to 21-19. After App. State cut it to 22-20, Jedlicka and back-to-back kills from Geathers saw UTA finish off the win with a 3-0 run. UTA hit .424 (16-for-33) in the first set, with Canete and Jedlicka earning five kills each as UTA was five for its first 12 attacks.
Behind Harfield's sixth kill in as many swings, UTA evened up the set early at 2-2 and after falling behind by a point, Geathers sparked a 4-0 run with a pair of kills. Gilbreath and Canete each earned kills as they led separate 3-0 runs and Harfield and Geathers terminated kills as the Mavs stretched their lead to 18-9 with a 4-0 run. Leading 21-14, UTA scored four of the final six points behind an ace from McConnell and kills from Gilbreath and Canete, with Harfield finishing of the set with a kill for a 25-15 win.
UTA opened it up early with a 5-0 run behind kills from Harfield, Canete and Geathers, taking a 6-1 lead. UTA used a 4-0 run, with a kill from McConnell and an ace from Vickers, to take a 10-2 lead. The Mavs cruised for the remained of the set, with three 2-0 runs and a 4-0 stretch to finish off a 25-15 win, with Geathers powering the third-set heroics.
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