VB: Mavs top Troy in five
Oct. 20, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington Volleyball defeated Troy 3-2 Sunday afternoon at College Park Center after winning the first two sets and dropping the next two.
With this win the Mavericks improved to 13-9 overall and 6-3 in the Sun Belt Conference. UT Arlington is tied for third with Arkansas State in league standings.
"Resilience would be the right world," UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour said. "I told the team this is not where we want to be, but this is a look into our future, playing without Charmaine and Shelby."
The Mavericks started the match with the first three points and never let up. UTA completed the first set with a .552 attacking percentage and no errors. Charmaine Whitmore and Shelby Dickson each had four kills as the Mavs took set one, 25-16.
The Trojans fought hard in the second set staying close, but back-to-back kills from Stacey Koch gave the Mavericks a push. Troy went one a 4-0 run, but ended its own scoring spurt with a serving error giving the Mavs the 23-16 lead. Whitmore picked up her sixth kill of the match as the Mavs won the second set 25-19.
Errors got the better of the Mavericks during the third set as the team picked up nine attack errors and two service errors. UTA hit 116 in the set with 14 kills falling 25-22 in set three.
The Mavericks continued to struggle against Troy in the fourth set with the Trojans winning the set 25-21, tying the match 2-2. UTA finished the set with just eight kills.
UTA trailed for most of the fifth set, including an 8-2 deficit. A kill from Bennett and an attack error from Troy tied the set at 13. Both teams continued to fight but the Mavericks won the set 19-17 and the match.
After a five-game home stand the Mavericks travel to Arkansas State Friday and UALR Saturday. Both matches are at 7 p.m. Central Time.