Volleyball hopes to rid Demons on Alumni Day

Amanda Welsh had 48 assists and nine digs Wednesday against Texas State.

Oct. 21, 2011

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ARLINGTON, Tex. - UT Arlington returns to Texas Hall for its Saturday afternoon match against Northwestern State after concluding a four-match roadtrip.

Saturday's match, which is also the Alumni Match, marks the beginning of the season's final homestand. The Mavericks play three matches at Texas Hall before wrapping up the regular season with four matches on the road.

The Mavericks are looking to snap their five-match losing streak. They also would like to become more prominent in the race for the Southland Conference Tournament.

It was at this time last year when UT Arlington went on its phenomenal run, winning seven consecutive matches to earn the No. 4 seed in the Southland Tournament.

The most recent match, a 3-1 loss at Texas State, at least provided reason for optimism. UT Arlington had chances to win in the first and fourth sets and played much more competitively than it had in recent matches.

Amanda Aguilera turned in her best offensive performance of the season, tallying a season-high 24 kills in earning her sixth double-double of the season. Tara Frantz also had a strong performance, posting 18 kills.

More importantly, the Mavs got more production out of middle blocker Charae Grosser, who finished with seven kills while hitting .375.

Alicia Shaffer and Amanda Welsh continued their stellar play as well. Shaffer notched 20 digs and Welsh dished out 48 assists and earned nine digs.

First serve for Saturday's match is set for 2 p.m.




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