Oct. 5, 2013
By Taylor Wright | UTAMavs.com
BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky – UT Arlington volleyball dropped its first Sun Belt Conference match of the season to Western Kentucky on Saturday afternoon.
The Mavericks (10-7, 3-1 SBC) fell in straight sets to the Hilltoppers, who were receiving votes in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) top-25 poll (25-19, 25-14, 25-16).
"We didn't dig the ball well enough in this match to keep up with Western Kentucky," UTA coach Diane Seymour said. "But now that we have seen WKU, I am excited to play them again at home. I am confident in how we matchup in the Sun Belt."
Senior outside hitter Shelby Dickson led the attack for UTA with a team-high eight kills in the loss. Fellow senior Charmaine Whitmore (middle blocker) hit .455 in the loss, the highest attack percentage of all Mavs. Junior middle blocker Ashley Bennett had a team-high four total blocks, one solo and three assisted.
Sophomore defensive specialist Caitlyn Cooney rounded out the defensive effort with 11 digs. Junior setter Amanda Welsh took control of the offense with a team-high 17 assists. As a team, the Mavericks hit .224 in the loss with only seven attack errors.
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