Nov. 2, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington dropped a hard-fought three-set match to Sun Belt Conference-leading Western Kentucky on Saturday afternoon at College Park Center.
The Mavericks' third consecutive loss completed the home portion of the regular season. UT Arlington is 15-12 overall and 8-6 in the SBC going into four season-ending road matches before the conference tournament.
"They were just better than us today," UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour said of WKU. "I'm not sure I could put my finger on any certain skill set that we didn't do well. I thought we served well. I thought we passed the ball pretty well. We probably could have had a few more digs."
The Mavericks started fast in the opening set, getting out to an 11-7 lead to force a WKU timeout. The Lady Toppers called another timeout after UTA went up 17-13.
WKU (22-5, 12-1) would rally to tie the score at 20, and Seymour responded with a timeout. The Lady Toppers finished strong, taking the opening set 25-23.
WKU opened the second set with leads 12-7 and 18-8, prompting two timeouts from the Mavericks. UT Arlington couldn't swing momentum to its side and dropped the set 25-13.
The Mavericks were ahead early in the third set before WKU inched out in front and eventually closed out the set 25-16 to earn the sweep. UTA was swept at Western Kentucky last month.
The Mavericks begin the stretch of four road matches Friday at Troy. UT Arlington defeated Troy 3-2 on Oct. 20.
"We still have a lot of volleyball left," Dickson said. "We're hoping to do very well and get on a win streak again to head into the conference tournament with confidence."