VB: A look into the right side
Aug. 26, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – The UT Arlington volleyball returns two solid right side hitters for 2014 season in senior Taylor Gross and junior Stacey Koch.
"Their roles are the same as a year ago," UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour said. "We want them to be a difference maker, impact players both with their blocking and their offense. We are fortunate to have two talented right side players and I look to both of them to have a big season."
Gross, a 5-11 native of Allen, Texas, is the only returner to have earned all-conference honors at the conclusion of the 2013 season. Gross finished last season second on the team in kills with 280 and assists with 144. She had two 16-kill matches during Sun Belt competition and tallied 148 total blocks.
"The right side tends to get over looked a lot," Gross said. "What some people don't realize is that if a team has an effective right side, it can be one of the most threatening positions. The right side is hard to defend.
"As a right side, I have to be a weapon and because we have diversity, with me and Stacey we play completely differently, which also makes us effective."
A 6-2 left-hander from The Colony, Texas, Koch made an impact last season as a sophomore with 221 kills and 71 block assists. She had five matches with 10-plus kills including a career-high 13 kills against Texas State in the SBC Championship match.
The Maverick open the season Friday in the College Park Maverick Classic at CPC. The Mavericks face Incarnate Word at 7 p.m. The two-day tournament runs through Aug. 30 and includes Denver and Jackson State.
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.