VB: Seniors take grasp of leadership role

Senior Megan Casey enters her third and final season with the Mavericks.

Aug 16, 2013

ARLINGTON, Texas – The UT Arlington volleyball team will feature three seniors this season with Shelby Dickson, Charmaine Whitmore and Megan Casey.

"As a group you can see they're very driven," UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour said. "With seniors it's not always about the leadership it's about what they give in their last attempt to win a championship or leave their mark on the program that they've played for so that's something that's been different.

"They don't ever show if they're tired or if they're having a great day or bad day. They stay really focused on the job at hand and I can tell they are very driven to leave their mark and they want to win a championship."

With all seniors being transfers Casey has been with UTA the longest with two complete seasons under her belt while Dickson and Whitmore have one.

Despite not being at UTA for all four years the leadership these three poses is prominent on and off the court.

"I don't think it's any harder to lead the team because we're transfers," Dickson said. "We try to lead by example and just be positive because everyone on the team has very important leadership roles in different areas. It's not just all on the seniors all the time."

Casey believes in leading by example as well as helping out the newcomers verbally when teaching something new.

"I think you need both," Casey said. "You need to be there to show them what to do and at the same time you need to tell them what to do when they don't understand. It helps them to hear in from someone else to see things from a different point of view."



The Mavericks open their season as they host the UTA Hilton Invitation beginning Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. as they face Abilene Christian University. UTA close out tournament Saturday, Aug. 31 with a 1:30 p.m. match against Grambling State followed by a bout with former Western Athletic Conference rival Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. For the full 2013 schedule, click here.


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