Nov. 3, 2017
ARLINGTON, Texas - Kylie Jedlicka and Madison Smith notched career highs, and Qiana Canete added her 15th double-double of the year to help lead UTA volleyball to a four-set win (25-23, 25-15, 23-25, 25-19) over Little Rock, on Friday night at College Park Center.
UTA (12-13, 6-6 Sun Belt Conference) earned the hard-fought win over Little Rock (9-17, 5-9 Sun Belt) to further solidify its positioning in the Sun Belt Conference Championships. The Mavs posted a two-point win in the first and a dominating second-set win before the Trojans answered to force the fourth set. UTA rallied to close out the win in the fourth, riding the career outing from Jedlicka to the win.
LEADING THE MAVS
A native of League City, Texas, Jedlicka shattered her previous career high with 20 kills, adding eight digs and a .275 hitting percentage. Canete, a native of Copperas Cove, Texas, notched her 15th double-double of the year with 13 kills and 23 digs and now sits just three kills shy of equaling Caley Smith (2001-04) for the UTA career record.
Zhanelle Geathers added 12 kills to help spur the offensive attack, with UTA also getting a season-best five kills from Ashlynn Ford. Madison McConnell finished with four kills and six digs. Setters Haley Higgins and Madison Helt combined for 42 assists, with Higgins leading the team with 28.
After a pre-match injury to libero Libbie Vickers, UTA started redshirt freshman Madison Smith, a native of Bryan, Texas. Smith turned in a career-high 23 digs, 21 more than her 2017 season total entering the match. She added two assists and one service ace to help the Mavs earn the win.
The Mavs return to action on Saturday, hosting Arkansas State (17-9, 10-3 Sun Belt) at 6:30 p.m. CT at College Park Center. The game will be streamed live on UTAMavs.com, with the Voice of the Mavs, Josh Sours, calling the action.
The Mavs opened the scoring with a kill from Geathers and the two clubs traded points with the match evened at two, three and four, behind kills from Jedlicka and McConnell. Canete got UTA on to 6-6 after her first kill. Little Rock used a pair of 3-0 runs to take a 14-10 lead and force a timeout from Coach J.T. Wenger. UTA answered out of the timeout with four of the next five points but a 4-0 run from Little Rock stretched the Trojans lead to 19-14 with Wenger calling his final timeout. UTA answered with four of the next five points and went on a 3-0 run to cut the Little Rock lead to 22-21. After a Little Rock point and a pair of Trojans timeouts, UTA went on a 4-0 run to finish off a 25-23 win.
UTA came out strong in the second set, using four of the first five points for an early lead. After Little Rock responded with a 2-0 run, UTA sparked a 4-0 stretch to take an 8-3 lead. Jedlicka's ace completed a 3-0 run to take a 12-5 lead. Little Rock then went on a furious 5-0 run to cut the lead to 12-10 and force a Wenger timeout. UTA answered with seven of the next nine points to own a 19-12 lead. After a 2-0 run from Little Rock, UTA went on a 5-0 stretch to get to set point, taking the set at 25-15.
The Mavs opened up the third in a hole as Little Rock took a 4-1 lead to open. UTA answered with a 3-0 run to even it at 4-4, getting a monster kill from Jedlicka. Little Rock used four of the next five points to take an 8-5 lead, with UTA answering behind a 2-0 run of a kill from Canete and an ace from Higgins. After a 3-0 run from Little Rock stretched its lead to 15-11, UTA went on a 6-0 run to take its first lead of the set, 17-15. The teams traded points to wrap up the third, with the Trojans outlasting UTA with a 25-23 win.
After Little Rock opened with a 2-0 run, UTA fought back to take a 5-3 lead. Jedlicka gave the Mavs a 7-4 and 8-5 lead with back-to-back points for the Mavs. After Geathers smashed a kill, UTA took a 12-9 lead, with LR bouncing back with a 4-0 run to even it at 13. UTA then went on a 5-0 run to take an 18-13 lead, with Little Rock fighting back to cut it to 21-18 and force a UTA timeout. The Mavs then finished off the win for a 25-19 result.
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