Oct. 1, 2010
BEAUMONT, Tex. - Before Thursday night's match at McNeese State, UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour had a hunch that her team would have an improved hitting performance.
The Mavericks complied by recording a season-best .336 attack percentage led by Bianca Sauls, who had 12 kills and no errors in 17 attempts for a .706 hitting percentage.
The 3-0 win over the Cowgirls gave UTA (8-9, 2-1) back-to-back road wins for the first time since 2007. Now the Mavericks look to upend Lamar Saturday afternoon and end their road trip at 3-1.
The Cardinals (7-8, 2-1) come into the match with some of their own momentum, having beaten Texas State in five sets Thursday night. Jayme Bazile leads the way for Lamar, averaging 2.98 kills and 1.25 blocks per game.
Bazile's presence will make retaining such an outstanding hitting percentage a real challenge for the Mavericks.
However, UTA setter Raegan Daniel has been very good this year at moving the ball around to put hitters in the best possible situation. All five Mavericks hitters had at least eight kills Thursday and three - Sauls, Tara Frantz and Amanda Aguilera finished in double figures.
Libero Alicia Shaffer has played outstanding lately as well. She became the first Mavericks player since Ashley Smith in 2006 to record four consecutive 20-dig performances. Shaffer now has 99 digs over that four-match stint.
Shaffer's passing has also been very crisp this year, enabling the offense to fire on all cylinders.
Saturday's match at McDonald Gym begins at 1 p.m. Live stats are available here.
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