LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Double-doubles from Qiana Canete, Madison Helt and Kylie Jedlicka were not enough, as Little Rock outlasted UTA volleyball in a five-set win (19-25, 25-13, 16-25, 25-22, 10-15) on Saturday night in the Coleman Sports Center.
UTA (8-11, 2-4 Sun Belt Conference) battled Little Rock (5-12, 2-4 Sun Belt) in its first five-set match since Sept. 15 vs. Houston Baptist. The Mavs fell in the first set, cruised to a second-set win and faced a challenge after Little Rock posted a third-set, nine-point win. UTA rallied to win the fourth to force a deciding game but Little Rock used a mid-set run to post the win.
The match is UTA's fourth of a season-long five-match road swing. UTA fell on Friday night at defending division champion Arkansas State.
UTA hit .186 as a team in the five-set match, with 32 errors and 66 kills, with Little Rock owning a 7-2 advantage in service aces and an 11-7 mark in blocks.
LEADING THE MAVS
UTA saw a bevy of career performances, as Canete earned her 61st career double-double with 22 kills and 15 digs. A native of Copperas Cove, Texas, Canete ranks eighth in UTA history in career digs and kills, only the third player in program annals to achieve that milestone.
A native of Wylie, Texas, Helt came off the bench to set a career high with 25 digs and 13 assists, earning her first career double-double. Jedlicka had 10 kills and 12 digs in her second double-double of the year and Zhanelle Geathers added 18 kills on 49 attacks. Sophomore Madison McConnell had seven kills, with Tessa Harfield adding six kills. Sophomore setter Haley Higgins had 25 assists and three kills. Libero Libbie Vickers finished with a career-high 32 digs and senior Ashlynn Ford notched 12 digs and three assists.
UTA returns to its five-match road swing on Friday, facing Texas State in San Marcos at 6:30 p.m. CT.
The teams traded points to open and UTA went on a 3-0 run to take a 4-1 lead, also seeing its lead stretched to 7-4 after a termination from Jedlicka. Little Rock then rallied to take a 13-9 lead and was able to keep the Mavs outside of four points throughout the set, finishing a 25-19 win.
Both clubs traded 2-0 runs to open before UTA took a 5-3 lead after a kill from Higgins. UTA stretched a lead to 9-6 and forced a Little Rock timeout after three straight kills from Canete. UTA kept the Trojans at a three-point distance until a sterling 12-0 run saw UTA open it up to a 23-9 lead, with Canete, Jedlicka and Geathers terminating kills. McConnell finished off the set with a kill, off an assist from Higgins, for a 25-13 win.
UTA fell behind 3-0 to open and used a 4-0 run to take a 5-4 lead, getting kills from Higgins and Canete on a serving stretch from McConnell. The set was tied at four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12 and 13 before Little Rock used a 7-0 run to build a lead, finishing the win with a 5-0 run at 25-16.
With its back against the wall in the fourth, UTA opened up strong, building an early lead on kills from Canete, Geathers and Jedlicka, owning a 10-4 advantage. Little Rock cut it to 15-13 but the Mavs rallied to rip off four straight and take a 19-13 lead. The teams traded blows until Jedlicka finished off a kill for a 25-22 UTA win, forcing the fifth.
UTA started the fifth with a 3-0 run, getting kills from Harfield and Canete. After Little Rock answered with its own 3-0 run, Harfield gave UTA a 4-3 lead with a kill. Little Rock ripped off the next three points with UTA calling timeout and getting a kill from Canete out of the break, cutting it to 6-5. Little Rock scored nine of the next 14 points to post the deciding win, 15-10, taking advantage of nine late attacking errors from the Mavs.
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