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VB: Mavs drop CPC finale to WKU


 

 

Nov. 2, 2013

Final Stats

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."

Amanda Welsh and Cassidy Wheeler each had 15 assists for the Mavericks. Caitlyn Cooney racked up 16 digs and Shelby Dickson added 10. Charmaine Whitmore had five block assists.

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.

Three seniors were honored before their final match at College Park Center. Megan Casey, Dickson and Whitmore each received a framed jersey during a pregame ceremony.

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."

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