July 9, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – A visit from Baylor highlights the 17-match home 2014 schedule, announced today by UT Arlington volleyball coach Diane Seymour.
"We're really trying to focus on ourselves and play good volleyball every night as we get more comfortable playing in the Sun Belt," Seymour said. "I think the success we had last year is a good indication of where we stack up, but it's still new and the addition of the two new teams."
The Mavericks open their season at home hosting the College Park Maverick Classic (Aug. 29-30) at College Park Center. Former Western Athletic Conference opponent Denver along with Jackson State and Incarnate Word will make up the four-team tournament. UT Arlington will play its first match Aug. 29 (Friday) at 7 p.m. against UIW.
"It's common to have local teams come play at your home tournaments, and we're excited to have Denver come, too. We played in them in the Western Athletic Conference and last year in a tournament, and it's great to see them because they're a quality team," Seymour said. "We're in a good area where we can bring some teams in and we're excited about the competition in both our home tournaments."
UTA will travel to Lake Charles, Louisiana to continue tournament play with The Big Daddy's Invitational hosted by former Southland Conference foe McNeese State.
UTA will host Baylor this season on Sept. 9 after defeating the Bears 3-1 in Waco last season.
"The Baylor coach and I are good friends and I was excited when he called me to start a home-and-away match every other year," Seymour said. "It's easy travel for both of us and it might be a new rivalry. It definitely felt like one last season."
The Mavericks wrap up tournament play at home hosting Houston Baptist, Texas Southern and Florida Gulf Coast in the Hilton Maverick Invitational.
Sun Belt Conference play begins on the road Sept. 16 against Texas State at 6:30 p.m. The last time these two in-state rivals faced off was in the conference championship last season, with the Bobcats taking the title.
The conference is welcoming two new schools with Appalachian State and Georgia Southern. SBC actions runs through Nov. 21.
The Mavericks hope to make their way back to the SBC Championship hosted by Texas State in Strahan Coliseum.
"I told the team last year that we have arrived and we made a name for ourselves in the Sun Belt," Seymour said. "We want to be a team that the conference has to put in the top three in the preseason picks."
Season and individual tickets for the 2014 UT Arlington volleyball season are now on sale at utatickets.com and by calling the College Park Center box office at 817-272-9595.
Season tickets are $40 for all 17 home matches at College Park Center. Single game tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for UTA students.
UT Arlington students also have the option to buy the Mavericks All-Sports Pass for $25 payable on MyMav. This pass allows entry to all home athletic events during the 2014-15 academic year, which includes men's and women's basketball, baseball and softball.
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