VB: Mavs to SBC Tourney with Whitmore as national leader
Nov. 19, 2013
By Taylor Wright | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington volleyball will travel to Troy, Alabama to compete as the fourth seed in the Sun Belt Volleyball Championship tournament on Thursday at 5 p.m.
"Hopefully winning these last two matches will be a springboard for us into the tournament," UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour said. "If we put together three days in-a-row of good volleyball, then we can win this thing. We want to play our best volleyball at the end of the year."
The Mavericks (17-14, 10-8 SBC) bettered the preseason prediction of sixth in the conference by earning the No. 4 seed. UT Arlington enters the tournament after a weekend sweep in the last two regular-season matches. UTA defeated UL Lafayette (3-2) and UL Monroe (3-1) on the road last week.
UT Arlington will face the fifth seed South Alabama (14-14, 9-9 SBC) in the opening round. The Mavs lead the all-time series against the Jaguars 2-1 after splitting their home-and-home conference series earlier this season.
Senior middle blocker Charmaine Whitmore will lead the Mavs into the SBC Volleyball Championship tournament as the top blocker in the country. Whitmore currently sits at first in the nation in blocks per set (1.79). She has been ranked in the top 25 all season long and is the first Maverick in program history to be the national leader in any statistical category.
The Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Championship tournament will take place in Trojan Arena on the campus of Troy University. Live stats and video for all matches can be found here.