Volleyball's Shaffer sets dig record in 3-2 loss to Nicholls

Eld-hah Kaswatuka had 17 kills and 11 digs in the match.

Nov. 5, 2011

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THIBODAUX, La. - Alicia Shaffer broke the UT Arlington career digs record Saturday in UTA's 3-2 loss against Nicholls.

The senior libero notched her 1,922nd career dig in the first set to pass Ashley Smith, who played at UT Arlington from 2003-06.

Shaffer finished the match with 32 digs, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Colonels .289 attack percentage in the 27-25, 19-25, 25-18, 20-25, 11-15 loss.

"It was a very lackluster performance. I've seen us play worse, but we didn't play with a lot of emotion, and Nicholls did," head coach Diane Seymour said. "It was their Senior Day on their home court, they're scratching and fighting to get into the tournament, and we weren't able to get the job done."

Eld-hah Kaswatuka continued her strong play with 17 kills at a .359 attack percentage, and she also added 11 digs.

Amanda Aguilera had 20 kills and 15 digs, while Tara Frantz added 18 kills in another efficient performance.

True freshman setter Amanda Welsh dished out 63 assists and recorded 12 digs, and Emily Shearin added nine kills and two blocks.

Nicholls was led by Rachel Nezak, who contributed 18 kills and 20 digs.

The loss snapped a season-high four game winning streak for the Mavericks (11-17, 7-7 SLC). They have two games left before the Southland Conference Tournament, and coach Seymour mentioned the importance of a strong finish.

"I think they need to get back to the winning attitude and realize we aren't in the tournament yet," Seymour said. "We're playing for our lives and hopefully it will spark a little better effort from us. We also need less hitting errors, that was a big problem today."

The Mavericks continue their road trip when they play Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday evening. First serve is set for 7 p.m.




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