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Walls leads Roadrunners to sweep at UT Arlington on Saturday

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 09/24/2011
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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ARLINGTON — Junior Whitney Walls hit .538 on the strength of a match-best 16 kills and she helped lead UTSA to its second consecutive sweep (25-14, 25-21, 25-19) on Saturday at UT Arlington. The Roadrunners earned their first sweep at Texas Hall in nearly a dozen seasons (Oct. 26, 1999).

The Arlington native hit .727 in the final panel on 11 swings without any errors. She added six block assists and a pair of digs to pace UTSA (8-8, 2-0 SLC).

"Everything fell into place late in the match," Walls said after notching eight of her winners in the final stanza. "I was feeling really good in that last set and had a lot of confidence. It's always exciting to play in your hometown and do well."

Redshirt junior Kelsey Schwirtlich guided the Birds to a .232 hitting percentage with a match-best 37 assists, while senior Kelsey Jewasko recorded 21 digs to lead the defense

The Roadrunners limited the Mavericks (5-11, 1-1 SLC) to an .069 attack percentage, as the front row posted 10 total blocks, including seven block assists by junior Brittney Malloy.

UTSA overcame seven attack errors in the opening stanza to claim an 11-point win. With the score knotted at five, UTA recorded an attack miscue and the Roadrunners led the rest of the way. UTSA used a 12-6 run, which included a trio of blocks, to increase its lead to seven (18-11). The Birds then went on another big run, this time to the tune of 7-3, to take the early lead.

The Roadrunners hit .250 in the second set and led wire-to-wire and they took a commanding 2-0 advantage into the locker room.

UTSA's offensive attack took over after the break with a .341 hitting percentage, which was aided by 20 kills. UT Arlington won the first three points before UTSA answered with a 9-0 run to take command of the panel. The Birds increased their advantage to as much as seven, but the Mavericks cut the lead to five before the Roadrunners closed out the match with an ace from Schwirtlich.

Amanda Welsh posted 23 assists for UT Arlington, while Alicia Shaffer collected a match-high 23 digs.

UTSA will return to the Alamo City for a pair of conference matches next week beginning with Sam Houston State (9-7, 3-0 SLC) on Thursday, Sept. 29.

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