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Courtesy: Jeff Huehn/UTSA Athletics

Roadrunners close out regular season with win against UT Arlington

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SAN ANTONIO — Senior Elise Huskey racked up a career-high 20 kills and led UTSA to a 24-26, 25-17, 25-18, 25-16 victory against UT Arlington to close out the regular season on Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.

The Columbus native posted four or more kills in each set, including seven winners in the final frame. Her effort helped the Roadrunners improve to 20-10 overall and finish their 21st and final season in the Southland Conference with a 14-2 record, the best in head coach Laura Neugebauer-Groff's 10-year reign.

Huskey was joined in double figures by junior Brittney Malloy and freshman Dempsey Thornton, who had 12 kills apiece.

Malloy, who set a career high with her dozen winners, committed only one attack error in 22 swings and hit .500.

Redshirt junior Kelsey Schwirtlich handed out 43 assists and guided the Roadrunners offense to a .265 hitting percentage.

Meanwhile, senior Kelsey Jewasko collected a team-high 13 digs and junior Megan Wimbish chipped in with 11.

Eld-hah Kaswatuka posted seven kills while leading UT Arlington (12-18, 8-8 SLC) to an opening set win.

UTSA held an 11-6 lead, but Kaswatuka spearheaded a 6-0 run, which put the Mavs in front. The Roadrunners stayed close, but back-to-back winners by Charae Grosser and Tara Frantz gave UTA the two-point win.

UTSA registered 18 digs and held the Mavericks to a .029 hitting percentage to even the contest in the second frame.

Huskey and Malloy each netted four kills to help the Roadrunners overcome a 4-1 deficit. The Birds hit their stride late with a 12-2 run.

Thornton stepped up with six winners in the third stanza, which UTSA controlled after the Corpus Christi native's kill gave the Birds a 4-3 advantage. The Roadrunners went on to take a 17-6 lead and pulled away from there.

Alicia Shaffer netted a match-high 17 digs to pace UT Arlington.

Prior to the match, the Roadrunners honored Huskey, Jewasko and Schwirtlich in Senior Day festivities.

UTSA, which clinched the No. 2 seed earlier this week, will meet seventh-seeded Stephen F. Austin (14-17, 7-9 SLC) in the first round of the Southland Tournament at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 in Conway, Ark. The Roadrunners will be seeking back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Volleyball Championship for the first time in the program's 29-year history.

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