VB: Mavs fall 3-1 to Denver
Oct. 20, 2012
By Melissa Cebold | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington fell 3-1 to the Denver Pioneers Saturday at College Park Center. The Mavericks fall to 8-15 overall and 4-7 in the WAC.
“We were just a little bit flat today,” head coach Diane Seymour said. “We did come out well in the first set and just kind of ran out of emotional energy.”
Nine early points from the Denver Pioneers caused Seymour to take a timeout, which allowed her team to bounce back and pick up five straight points. Back-to-back kills from Amy Davault and Charmaine Whitmore put the Mavs within two and Whitmore continued to be explosive for UTA picking up three more kills in the set. The Mavericks tied the set at 22 all; causing Denver head coach Jesse Mahoney to call a timeout, but the Mavs never let up and won the first set 25-23.
After a few back-and–forth points between the two teams, a powerful kill from sophomore Ashley Bennett gave the UTA a push of energy and the lead. The Mavericks used that energy to go two 3-point runs. The Pioneers had 19 kills in the second set, taking control. Denver came within one point four times and finally took the lead 20-19 and continued to put points on the board, taking the second set 25-22.
Denver showed up to play in the third set taking an early lead, but UTA came out of the first timeout of the third set with five-straight points to close the gap to one. The Mavs stayed close, until a few miscues allowed Denver to step away with the lead and the set 25-10.
Denver took an early lead, but the Mavericks took the lead after a Whitmore block and lead for the first time in the set. The Mavericks were not able to hang on to their lead and Denver took set four and the match with a 25-23 victory.
Shelby Dickson picked up her ninth double-double of the year with 11 kills and 18 digs.
The Mavericks are back in action Thursday when they travel to Logan, Utah to take on Utah State and continue their road trip Oct. 27 at San Jose State.