Aug 29, 2013
By Taylor Wright | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Maverick volleyball team opens up its 2013 season at College Park Center with the UTA Hilton Invitational tournament Friday and Saturday (Aug. 30 and 31).
The Mavs begin tournament play against Abilene Christian University on Friday at 7 p.m. The Wildcats are entering their first season at the Division I level as a member of the Southland Conference. UTA leads the all-time series with ACU 5-0-1 with the last meeting coming in 1982 in Abilene. The Mavericks won that match 2-0 (15-0, 15-4).
The Mavericks face Grambling State on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. UTA is 1-0 all-time against GSU with the only previous meeting coming in Dallas on Sept. 2, 2006. The Mavs won that match by a 3-0 score (30-23, 30-15, 30-14).
UTA closes out the tournament against former Western Athletic Conference rival Louisiana Tech Saturday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. The Mavs are 6-2 all-time against the Lady Techsters with two wins last year. UTA won 3-1 (25-16, 25-14, 18-25, 25-14) in Ruston on Sept. 15 before earning a 3-0 victory (25-15, 25-14, 25-21) at College Park Center on Nov. 15.
In the last ten years, the Mavericks are 6-4 in season openers. This is the second consecutive year UTA has opened at home, sweeping Savannah State (25-19, 25-13, 25-11) in 2012.
The match between UT Arlington and Abilene Christian marks the first competition in the Sun Belt Conference era of Maverick Athletics. Similarly, UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour will tie Lisa Love for third all-time with 277 matches coached following that match. Former coach Janine Smith is next on the list with 317 matches coached.
For the complete 2013 UTA Hilton Invitational tournament schedule, click here. Follow UT Arlington Athletics on Twitter (@UTAMavs) for in-match updates.