Oct. 17, 2009
CONWAY, Ark. - Despite a six-point victory in the first set, UT Arlington dropped a four-set match to Central Arkansas 25-19, 19-25, 22-25, 15-25 on Saturday afternoon at the Prince Center in Conway, Ark. First-place Central Arkansas (19-3) won its first ever match against the Mavericks (7-12, 3-4 SLC) in four tries and improves to a perfect 8-0 in the Southland Conference.
"I think the biggest thing today was consistently playing good volleyball," UT Arlington head coach Diane Seymour said. "We played very good volleyball at first and then just kind of went dead for a few points that allowed them to get on a run."
The Mavericks out-blocked the Sugar Bears, 9.0-to-6.0, but it was Central Arkansas' 55 kills compared to just 36 by the Mavs that was the difference in the match.
After the teams traded leads early in the first set, UT Arlington went on a 4-1 run with a pair of kills from Daniel, a block assist by Christy Driscoll and Bianca Sauls and with a hitting error by Central Arkansas to give the Mavs a 14-10 lead, which forced UCA to call the first timeout of the match.
The Mavericks held their lead the remainder of the set to grab a 25-19 first-set victory. The Mavs took advantage of 11 Central Arkansas hitting errors while dominating the net with four blocks compared to UCA's zero blocks. The Mavericks hit .207 (9 kills - 3 errors - 29 attacks) while the Sugar Bears were limited to a .053 (13 kills - 11 errors - 38 attacks) hitting percentage.
Six different Mavericks recorded a kill in the first set while Daniel tallied a pair of kills and six assists and Aguilera led all players in the set with six digs.
With UT Arlington leading 15-14 in the second frame, the match's momentum shifted to the Sugar Bears following six Maverick errors that led to a 7-2 run by the Sugar Bears, which gave UCA a 20-17 lead. Central Arkansas finished the set with a 25-19 victory to even the match at a set apiece.
"I believe that is when the momentum changed in the match," Seymour said of UCA's run. "I think that is when Central Arkansas got a little fed up with things and decided they were going to start playing well on their home court. We just couldn't stop them."
Central Arkansas rebounded with a .269 hitting percentage with only one hitting error. It was the Mavericks who gave UCA nine points via hitting errors with 12 kills in 32 attacks.
Central Arkansas jumped out quick to an 18-8 lead in the third set. The Mavericks followed with an 11-4 run that cut the Sugar Bears' lead to three points (19-22). A UTA serving error and a Central Arkansas kill sealed a third-set victory, 25-22, for Central Arkansas as they went ahead 2-1 in the match.
"That was a good run by our team," Seymour said. "We saw the fire in their eyes that made them believe they could comeback. And at that point we did make a comeback, but then we made some errors that helped them finish out the set."
The fourth and final set was all Sugar Bears as UCA grabbed an early 10-2 lead and never trailed taking a dominating 25-15 victory to end the match.
"Emily did a very good job," Seymour said. "We saw that they were giving Bianca and Tara a lot of attention at times, so Emily would only have one blocker on her and she did a good job whenever she got the ball she was able to put it away."
UT Arlington will play two matches at home next week hosting Southeastern Louisiana (Oct. 22 - 7 p.m.) for "Dig Pink" night and Nicholls (Oct. 24 - 3 p.m.) at Texas Hall in Arlington.
UT Arlington drops its first match ever to Central Arkansas and is now 3-1 all-time... The Mavericks are now 1-1 against Central Arkansas in matches played in Conway at the Prince Center... UT Arlington is now 0-7 on the road this season.
It was the 10th time UT Arlington has led its opponent in blocks (9.0-to-6.0) this season... The Mavericks are now 7-3 when leading their opponent in blocks... UTA has led its opponent in blocks in four of seven SLC matches.
The Mavericks drop to 1-4 in four-set matches this season... With a six-point victory in the first set, UT Arlington is now 8-11 in first sets this season while falling to 6-13 in second sets, 9-10 in third sets and 2-6 in fourth sets.
UT Arlington trailed Central Arkansas in hitting percentage (.158-to-.210) and is now 1-12 when trailing their opponent in hitting percentage this season.
Junior setter Raegan Daniel posted 27 assists as she crossed the 1,500-career assist plateau... Daniel now has 1,512 assists in 59 career matches (196 sets played)... She currently ranks eighth on the UT Arlington all-time career list... Daniel needs 53 assists to move into seventh place on the all-time list (Heidi Christensen, 1993-94 - 1,564 assists).
Emily Shearin had 7 kills, 1 error and 13 attacks (.462) and has now hit at least .200 in the last seven matches - which leads the team... Shearin has at least five kills in six of the last seven matches and has led the team in blocks nine times this season (nine of the past 12).
Christy Driscoll tallied six kills on 15 swings against Central Arkansas... Driscoll now has 302 career kills with a 1.76 kills/set average in 49 career matches (172 sets played).
Amanda Aguilera recorded a season-high five blocks, which matches her career-high set last season against South Carolina State (9/13/08)... Aguilera led the Mavericks with 13 digs... She has led the team in digs the past two matches and four times overall this season... Aguilera has now led the Mavs in digs 11 times during her career.
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