Sept. 12, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington volleyball is looking to repeat its sweeping performance from its first home tournament of the season in the 2013 Hilton Maverick Classic Friday and Saturday at College Park Center.
"UTSA is probably the best team coming into this tournament as they are bigger than the other two teams," UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour said. "Mississippi Valley State will be something like the Grambling State team we faced earlier this season - very athletic and unpredictable as we've never seen them play before. And then Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will be a good match since we owe them from last year."
The Mavericks (4-3) are coming off a 1-3 week. UTA defeated Baylor (3-1) but dropped matches to North Texas (3-1), Mississippi State (3-1) and Tulsa (3-0).
Senior middle blocker Charmaine Whitmore earned Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week as well as Baylor Classic Defensive MVP honors for her performance last weekend. In UTA's four matches last week, Whitmore averaged 2.20 blocks per set with 33 total, three solo and 30 assisted.
Whitmore is currently seventh in the nation for blocks per set (1.68) while UTA as a team is tied for 22nd in the nation in blocks per set (2.76) with Utah.
UT Arlington will open the Hilton Maverick Classic against UTSA (4-4) Friday at 7 p.m. The Mavs are 27-17 all-time against the Roadrunners, who won both matches last season when the schools were in the Western Athletic Conference.
The Mavericks face Mississippi Valley State (3-7) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. This will mark the first meeting with the Delta Devilettes in program history.
UTA concludes the Hilton Maverick Classic against former Southland Conference foe Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (2-5) on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Mavs lead the all-time series against the Islanders 14-2, with the last match resulting in a straight-set loss on Sept. 3, 2012 in Arlington (14-25, 23-25, 22-25).
For in-match updates for all UT Arlington volleyball home matches, follow the Mavericks on Twitter (@UTAMavs) and Game Tracker for live stats.
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