April 21, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington volleyball wrapped up its 2014 spring season after hosting two tournaments and playing in one at Baylor.
"Our biggest focus for the spring was to try to speed our offense up and we definitely saw the results of that over the course of the three weekends we competed," UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour said. "I'm very, very pleased with the progress of where we're at. I feel like we're ahead of where I thought we'd be and that's a good feeling to end your final spring competition. I think we've accomplished what we wanted to accomplish."
The Mavericks faced Navarro Junior College, Abilene Christian and Sun Belt Conference rival Texas State in their first weekend of play at the MAC.
The team traveled to Waco to take on Baylor the following weekend before returning home to host Midwestern State, North Texas, DBU, Navarro Junior College, SMU, Texas Tech and TCU.
"We finished on a strong note here at home on Saturday," Seymour said. "We split with TCU, split with North Texas and then we beat who we were supposed to. We beat Dallas Baptist and we beat Midwestern, and that's pretty much how the spring went for us."
With the seniors from the fall out of the gym, this coming season's juniors have the opportunity to step up as leaders. Amanda Welsh, Taylor Gross, Ashley Bennett and Taylor Story will be the team's senior class for 2014.
"Welsh will go into her fourth year as a starter and probably had her best spring physically and on the volleyball side of it," Seymour said. "She's done a better job in the weight room and a better job with the conditioning, so I think she sees that she doesn't want to step short this year. She wants to get that conference title.
"Taylor Gross is always good, but I really think Taylor Story stepped up quite a bit. I think getting to see that there was a role for her to take and granted she's got to keep it now, but she just slid right into Megan Casey's spot and did an amazing job for us, and Bennett was amazing all spring."
Seymour is pleased with the dedication and work ethic from her new senior class.
"The constant with them is they're always going to give you their best effort every day," she said. "It may not be their best match, but you're never going to have to ask them for more. There's not a sigh of relief that the senior year is finally here and this is going to be the greatest year of my life. They're willing to work for it and set that tone in the gym, so that's been nice."