Nov. 10, 2011
CORPUS CHRISTI, Tex. - Eld-hah Kaswatuka posted a career-high 20 kills in helping UT Arlington clinch a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament with a 3-2 road victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday night.
The Mavericks hit .287 and got double-figure kill totals from four players in their 22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 15-9 win.
"After playing kind of inconsistently earlier this season and after a lackluster performance against Nicholls on Saturday, it's awesome that they were able to pick up their emotions and their intensity and play this well tonight," UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour said. "We have put ourselves in a position of late to be in the conference tournament and to possibly do some damage once we get there."
The offensive performance left UT Arlington just shy of its first .300 attack percentage in a five-set match since Nov. 7, 2003 against UTSA.
Kaswatuka's first-career 20-kill match came along with a .472 hitting percentage and eight digs. The senior helped spark UT Arlington to a come-from-behind victory.
Tara Frantz added 16 kills, leaving her 16 kills shy of 1,000 for her career. The Mavericks also received critical help from the middle blocker position in Emily Shearin, who posted 14 kills while hitting .520.
"The offense was very, very good tonight," Seymour said. "We had four players in double-figures and all four hit for a high percentage. I thought Eld-hah got us off to a great start and she carried us in the first two sets. Then we got Emily going in second set to really keep Corpus off-balance."
Amanda Welsh did a solid job again in distributing the ball, recording 52 assists and also tallying four kills and a pair of aces.
Charae Grosser turned in a team-high five blocks.
Aguilera finished with 10 kills, marking her 10th double-double in Southland Conference play this season.
With a Lamar loss, UT Arlington now enters the final match of the season in a tied for fifth place. The Mavs also hold the tie-breaker over the Cardinals. UT Arlington can now finish no worse than sixth in the Southland Conference regular season.
UT Arlington concludes its regular season Saturday when it plays a road match against UTSA.