SAN ANTONIO — UTSA will look to continue its winning ways this weekend when it takes to the road to play UT Arlington and Louisiana Tech. The Roadrunners will match up with the Mavericks at 7 p.m. on Thursday and the Lady Techsters at 11 a.m. two days later.
UTSA (15-8, 8-5 WAC) will enter the weekend in fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) standings after posting back-to-back victories against Idaho and Seattle last week in the Alamo City. Junior McKenzie Adams parlayed a pair of stellar outings into her third WAC Player of the Week honor of the season on Monday. The Schertz native averaged 6.14 kills and 4.71 digs per set while hitting at a .367 clip in the two victories.
Adams now leads the league with 15 double-doubles and she ranks second with 4.73 points and 4.19 kills per frame in addition to standing sixth with 3.74 digs per panel. Meanwhile, the Birds lead the circuit in assists (13.18) and kills (14.31) per set. Junior Brandy Huskey has guided the offense with 10.67 assists per frame, which is good for second in the league.
UTSA's defense ranks fourth in the nation with 18.67 digs per set and freshman Annie Kunes leads the way with a WAC-leading 4.88 stops per stanza. The Roadrunners' defensive efforts also have been aided by freshman Kylie Schott, who leads the squad with 1.05 blocks per frame.
UT Arlington (8-17, 4-9 WAC) enters Thursday's match on a three-match losing streak, including a four-set loss at San Jose State last Saturday. Shelby Dickson paces the eighth-place Mavericks with 2.69 kills and 3.73 digs per panel.
Louisiana Tech (3-22, 0-13 WAC), which hosts Texas State on Thursday night, has lost its last 27 league contests dating back to the 2011 season. The Lady Techsters are led by Maria Coelho, who ranks sixth in the conference with 8.31 assists per set.
Thursday's match marks the 44th meeting between UTSA and UT Arlington. The Mavericks hold a 27-16 advantage in the all-time series that dates back to 1988, but the Roadrunners have won the last three matchup, including an Oct. 6 sweep in San Antonio.
Meanwhile, Saturday's contest will be the sixth meeting between UTSA and Louisiana Tech. The Birds have won four of the five previous matchups, including their Oct. 4 sweep in the Alamo City. Saturday will be the first meeting between the two teams in Ruston, La.