Oct. 19, 2011
ARLINGTON, Tex. - Amanda Aguilera notched a season-high 24 kills, but UT Arlington fell 3-1 at Texas State on Wednesday night.
The Bobcats (17-6, 8-1) had three players reach double figures in kills on their way to a 25-22, 25-17, 19-25, 25-23 win.
UT Arlington (7-16, 3-6) dropped the first two sets before rebounding for a third-set victory. The Mavericks made it difficult for Texas State in the fourth set, forcing 12 ties and five lead changes before the Bobcats could close the match.
"Overall I was pretty pleased with the way we played in the first set as well as the third and the fourth," UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour said. "In the first set we missed four serves and if we didn't I think we had a chance to win the match. I was very pleased with how we played after intermission. More importantly I think the team feels a lot better about how we competed tonight."
Specifically, the Mavs felt better about the way they finished the match offensively. UT Arlington hit .314 after the second set.
Aguilera turned in her sixth double-double of the season, adding 11 digs to go along with her 24 kills.
Tara Frantz also made a strong showing with 18 kills. The senior also had six digs and a career-high three aces.
"It was nice to see that both Amanda and Tara can play well on the same night," Seymour said. "We really have not had that very much lately. I was definitely pleased Amanda could put up 24 kills against them - especially after she only had four the last time we played them. I hope we are seeing a turning point where both of our outside hitters can just get red-hot."
Charae Grosser gave the Mavs more of a presence in the middle, posting seven kills and hitting .357.
"Charae put up pretty good numbers," Seymour said. "I think we will see that there were more situations where could have gotten Ashley Bennett more balls, too. We didn't get her into the match until third set but we think she can really help with our production in the middle."
Freshman setter Amanda Welsh spread the wealth effectively and efficiently, dishing out 48 assists. She also finished with nine digs.
"She set a very nice match tonight," Seymour said. "She put the ball in the right place on a consistent basis."
UT Arlington plays again Saturday afternoon when it returns home to face Northwestern State at 2 p.m. at Texas Hall.