VB: Mavs ready to snap skid on the road
Nov. 7, 2013
By Taylor Wright | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington volleyball will travel to continue Sun Belt Conference play against South Alabama on Friday at 7 p.m. before facing Troy on Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Mavericks (15-12, 8-6 SBC) dropped two matches at College Park Center last weekend. UTA fell to Georgia State (3-2) and Western Kentucky (3-0) to close out its home slate of the 2013 season. With just four conference matches left, UT Arlington's 8-6 record is tied for third with UL Lafayette and Texas State. The Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Championships will begin Nov. 21 in Troy, Ala.
"The biggest thing we want to do over the next four matches is to regain some confidence and get ourselves on an upward swing going into the conference tournament," UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour said. "It will be nice to get comfortable in Troy's arena as well."
UT Arlington leads the all-time series against South Alabama (11-13, 6-8 SBC) 2-0. The Mavericks swept the Jaguars (25-21, 25-16, 25-22) in Arlington on Oct. 18 earlier this season. UTA also leads the all-time series against Troy (9-19, 4-10 SBC) 1-0. The Mavs defeated the Trojans in Arlington on Oct. 20 in five sets in their first meeting in program history and of the year.
Senior middle blocker Charmaine Whitmore currently sits at second in the nation and first in the Sun Belt in blocks per set (1.66). Seniors Shelby Dickson (outside hitter) and Megan Casey (defensive specialist) along with Whitmore were honored last weekend in their final match at home in their collegiate careers.