VB: Mavs Power Past Georgia Southern

Oct. 21, 2017

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Qiana Canete and Kylie Jedlicka each registered double-doubles to help lead UTA volleyball to a four-set win (25-18, 25-22, 22-25, 25-21) over Georgia Southern, on Saturday night at College Park Center in UTA's annual Dig Pink Match, presented by eSix Sportswear.

UTA (10-12, 4-5 Sun Belt Conference) earned its second straight win of the weekend, besting Georgia Southern (7-15, 3-7 Sun Belt) in four sets, a night after topping Georgia State in four sets. The Mavs were paced in the win by a season-high 10 blocks, totaling a .292 hitting percentage as a team, while holding Georgia Southern to a .214 attack percentage.

A native of Copperas Cove, Texas, Canete had 17 kills and 10 digs, adding a block. She now has 1,378 kills in her career to rank second in program history, also ranking fourth in UTA career history in digs (1,518). Canete is now just 38 kills shy of equaling the program record. She owns 14 double-doubles on the year and a staggering 63 in her career.

Jedlicka added her third double-double of the year with 12 kills and 12 digs, with Zhanelle Geathers adding 16 kills on 32 swings. Freshman Tessa Harfield set new career highs in kills (eight) and blocks (five), with sophomore Madison McConnell adding eight kills, four digs and five blocks. Sophomore Haley Higgins had a match-high 31 assists, with setter Madison Helt adding 21 assists and four digs. Libero Libbie Vickers charted a team-leading 14 digs.

The Mavs return to action with its final two-match road swing of the year, traveling to face Louisiana on Friday and ULM on Saturday.

Harfield and Canete notched kills to open the match and give UTA a 2-0 lead. Jedlicka went on a 2-0 run with a pair of kills as UTA stretch its lead to 5-3. After a kill from Jedlicka and a block from Allie Deese and McConnell UTA built a 7-4 lead. Owning a 13-11 lead, UTA was able to take four of the next five points to earn an 18-12 lead, getting a block from Jedlicka and McConnell to highlight the scoring. UTA went on a late 4-0 run to take a 24-15 lead, finishing off the win at 25-18. UTA hit .323 in the first set, collecting four blocks.

After Geathers got the Mavs on the board with the first point, UTA got kills from Harfield and McConnell to take a 3-1 lead. GS ripped off a 5-0 run to take a three-point lead, its first of three three-point leads in the set. Back-to-back points from Jedlicka and McConnell got it to one point and UTA took its second lead of the set with a 3-0 run on three straight kills from Canete. The Mavs took a 10-9 lead before GS went on a 3-0 run to take a 12-10 lead. UTA fought back behind a block from Jedlicka and Harfield to cut the lead to 14-13. Georgia Southern took a 18-15 lead and forced a 4-0 run from the Mavs with Jedlicka adding a kill and UTA evening up the set with a long rally at 18-18 and taking a lead at 19-18. After Georgia Southern fought back to take a 21-20 lead, UTA ripped off three straight to earn a 23-21 lead and force an Eagles timeout. UTA then traded points with Geathers finishing off the win with a kill, her sixth.  

The teams traded points early with Jedlicka getting UTA its second lead of the match with a kill at 3-2. The match was tied at nine when GS went on a 3-0 run and later built its lead to 16-12 and 19-13. UTA fought back with a 4-0 run to cut it to two but GS was able to hold off the late rally for a 25-22 win.

The teams traded points to open the scoring before UTA went on a 3-0 run to take a 4-2 lead, with GS answering to tie the set at 4-4 and went on a 2-0 run to take a 9-7 lead, stretching its lead to 10-8. A 4-0 UTA run, keyed by Jedlicka and service from Higgins, helped UTA take a 12-10 lead, its first lead since 4-3.  The set was evened at 14-14 when UTA ripped off a 3-0 stretch and forced a timeout from GS with a 23-19 lead. After dropping the next two points, UTA went on a 2-0 run to finish off the win.

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