Oct. 22, 2011
ARLINGTON, Tex. - Eld-hah Kaswatuka posted a season-high 12 kills and helped UT Arlington overcome a slow start for a 3-2 victory Saturday afternoon over Northwestern State.
After committing five receiving errors in the first set the Mavericks made just one over the final four sets, coming back to win 20-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 15-11.
"It is very important to win on our home court right now," UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour said. "We had a slow start in that first set but I was pleased that we battled back and started to get our intensity back up at the end of the set. I thought we played with a high level of intensity in the final four sets today."
The match marked Seymour's return to Texas Hall after missing the first eight home matches while on medical leave. She returned to a five-set victory in front of a crowd that featured several former UT Arlington players who returned for the annual alumni match.
Kaswatuka earned her first double-double of the season, adding 10 digs to go along with her 12 kills. She also hit .304 in the match and had four blocks.
Emily Shearin also turned in a season high with nine blocks - one shy of her career high. She added six blocks and helped provide UT Arlington (8-16, 4-6) with the presence in the middle that it has needed in recent matches.
"I have talked about this in the three matches since I have been back: The kill production from those positions has to increase," Seymour said. "To have 18 kills and then add Charae (Grosser) and (Ashley) Bennett in that and they combine for 24 kills, that was the same as our outside hitters put up. That was a happy balance."
Alicia Shaffer matched her season high with 33 digs. Behind her defensive effort the Mavericks held the Demons to a .074 attack percentage.
Amanda Aguilera went for her seventh double-double of the season, notching 19 digs and a team-high 15 kills.
Amanda Welsh narrowly missed a double-double, dishing out 43 assists while coming up with eight digs and two aces.
Tara Frantz added nine kills.
Stacey DiFrancesco finished with a double-double, tying Aguilera for a match-high of 15 kills to go along with 29 digs.
UT Arlington returns to the court Thursday night for its "Dig Pink" match. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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