Nov. 20, 2012
By Taylor Wright | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Maverick volleyball team ended their 2012 campaign with an overall record of 9-22 and a 5-13 WAC record.
The UT Arlington season drew to a close in exhilarating fashion as the Mavs earned a trip to the WAC Tournament as the eighth seed and faced top seed, Utah State. The experienced Aggies proved to be too much for the young Mavericks but UTA forced Utah State to earn their victory in a tough four set battle.
"It was a well-played and hard fought match by both teams," UTA head coach Diane Seymour said. "But their experience and their size helped them take the match."
Although the 2012 season ended much too soon for their liking, the Mavericks have many accomplishments to be proud of for the year. The highlight would be defeating the then second-place WAC team New Mexico State at home on Oct. 18. UT Arlington upset NMSU at College Park Center in four sets, 25-23, 12-25, 25-23, and 27-25.
Several Mavs also experienced individual success and recognition on the court throughout the season. Junior outside hitter, Shelby Dickson was named to the UTA Hilton Invitational All-Tournament team after three straight matches with double-doubles in kills and digs. Sophomore setter, Amanda Welsh was named to the UIC Invitational All-Tournament team and sophomore right-side hitter, Taylor Gross rounded out the preconference honors by being named to the UTA Hilton Classic All-Tournament team.
The recognition continued for Gross as she was the only Maverick named to an All-WAC team. She was named to the All-WAC Second Team after compiling impressive stats throughout the season. Gross finished the 2012 campaign second on the team in kills per set (2.44), third in attack percentage (.215), and fourth in blocks per set (0.58).
The 2012 season may be over, but the youth of this team and their hard-working attitude both seem very promising as they transition into the Sunbelt Conference for 2013. Also working in the Mavericks’ favor, is that no team member will be graduating this upcoming spring.
“The core of this group has bright futures and will be very successful as we move into the Sunbelt. When we played well, we were very good and we will be more consistent in our play with the maturity we gained this year. I am very excited about our development,” Seymour said.