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Courtesy: UTSA Athletics

Roadrunners swept by Texas in NCAA First Round

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 12/03/2010
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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AUSTIN — UTSA fell in straight sets (25-11, 25-18, 25-15) to sixth-ranked Texas in Friday's opening round of the NCAA Tournament at Gregory Gymnasium.

The Roadrunners (22-12) were limited to a .032 hitting percentage and committed 25 attack errors in the loss.

Senior Kendra Rowland paced UTSA with 10 winners, while redshirt sophomore setter Kelsey Schwirtlich contributed 22 assists. Junior libero Kelsey Jewasko collected a match-best 11 digs.

"This was a great experience for my players and for our school," head coach Laura Neugebauer-Groff said. "I have to give Texas a lot of credit for tonight's match, but I'm proud of my players."

"This year's team definitely set the bar high and showed that we are capable of doing this," Jewasko said. "Now we've got a little experience under our belt and, hopefully, next year we can feel a little more comfortable and have a little more success."

Texas (24-5) received a dozen winners from Rachel Adams, while Juliann Faucette chipped in with 11. Michelle Kocher guided the Longhorns to a .395 hitting percentage after dishing out a match-high 29 helpers.

Nine attack errors and a -.130 hitting percentage doomed the Roadrunners in the opening frame.

UTSA tied the set at five before a 15-2 run by the Longhorns opened up a 13-point advantage (20-7). The Roadrunners used a 4-3 advantage to cut the lead to 12 (23-11), but a kill and a block by Texas closed out the frame.

A service ace by sophomore Megan Wimbish helped the Roadrunners pull within three at 17-14 in the second set, but a late 7-2 surge by the Longhorns pushed the lead back to eight (24-16). UTSA battled through two set points, but Texas received a kill from Jennifer Doris to take a 2-0 lead into intermission.

The Longhorns proved to be too much in the final set, as they hit at a .536 clip with 16 winners and only one error on 28 swings. After back-to-back kills from Schwirtlich and Rowland pulled the Birds within three points, Texas answered with a 5-1 run to push the lead to seven at 20-13. Following a timeout, Schwirtlich posted another winner before the Longhorns took the next two points. An attack error by Texas gave UTSA its 15th point, but an Adams kill followed by consecutive attack errors from the Roadrunners ended the match.

The loss concludes Neugebauer-Groff's most-successful season. UTSA won 22 matches, including 13 Southland tilts, and also captured the program's second-ever Southland Tournament Championship and first in a decade.

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