Volleyball tames Lions in 3-1 victory

Alicia Shaffer's 24 digs put her within three digs of tying UTA's career record.

Nov. 3, 2011

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ARLINGTON, Tex. - Eld-hah Kaswatuka posted 16 digs and nine kills in UT Arlington's 3-1 victory over Southeastern Louisiana Thursday evening in Hammond, Louisiana.

The Mavericks (11-16, 7-6 SLC) defense was able to hold the Lions to a .145 attack percentage in the 25-18, 25-23, 22-25, 25-15 win. They have now won four matches in a row, giving the Mavs their longest win streak of the season.

"Overall, we played pretty well. It's important at this time of the year," head coach Diane Seymour said. "The clock's ticking a little, so we want to get a good win streak going into the conference tournament. It was also our first road win, which is important. We play three more games on the road to end the season, so we need to keep the win streak going."

Senior libero Alicia Shaffer had a game-high 24 digs on the evening. Shaffer's 5.69 digs per set is the ninth highest in the nation, and she is now within three digs of tying UT Arlington's career record.

Tara Frantz, coming off her second SLC offensive player of the week award, posted 18 kills at an efficient .302 attack percentage.

Amanda Aguilera recorded 11 kills and 14 digs, and Charae Grosser added seven kills and three blocks.

Coach Seymour was pleased with the win, but she said the team still has room for improvement down the final stretch.

"We weren't quite our best, I think partially because it was a road game. But that's a good sign. If we weren't playing our best and still came out with a win, that's a good thing. That's the sign of a winning team, that even when you aren't playing your best you can come out with a win."

The Lions were led by Paige Dollison's 11 kills and four blocks.

The Mavericks play again Saturday when they travel to Thibodaux, Louisiana to take on Nicholls. First serve is set for 2 p.m.




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