Aug. 5, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – The 2014 season marks the 25-year anniversary of UT Arlington's trip to the NCAA Volleyball Final Four.
"It's great to know that we're part of a program that has such a strong successful history," UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour said. "This an important year for us, and to be one of only two schools in the state to make it that far is huge."
Cathy George was in her first year as head coach of the Mavericks and completed her five-season stand with an overall record of 93-74 (.557), winning three Southland Conference titles along the way.
"To come in your first year and take a program to the Final Four says a lot about a coach," Seymour said.
The Mavericks competed in the South regional, defeating North Carolina (3-1), and sweeping LSU (3-0) and Texas (3-0) to advance.
Joining the Mavericks in the Final Four in Honolulu, Hawaii were Long Beach State, UCLA and Nebraska.
UTA fell in the national semifinals to Long Beach State (3-1), which would eventually go on to win the 1989 NCAA Volleyball title.
Shawn Sweeten was named first-team All American and Chris Rudiger was named a second-team All-American. The Mavericks went undefeated in conference play.