Kats lack intensity in three game loss

The Bearkat volleyball team is 7-10 in conference play after losing to the University of TexasArlington over the weekend 31-29, 30-17 and 30-20.The Maverick team suffered its only loss in league action Friday night to Stephen F. Austin and was looking to return to the winner’s circle Saturday against SHSU.The Kats came out swinging in game one and went kill for kill with UTA, but unforced errors gave the Mavericks the win.”You’ve got to win right there,” coach Brenda Gray said. “Karlee’s (Butler) got to do the right thing with the ball and give it to the right man. She’s the quarterback of the team. She should have won that thing right there.” After a high intensity game one, the Kats appeared in slow motion for games two and three, paving the way for UTA. Led by the Southland Conference’s defensive player of the week Amber Pack, the Maverick’s defense limited the SLC’s offensive player of the week, SHSU’s Carrie Sartain, to 16 kills. “I think they were going to the opposite side of the court,” Gray said. “She kept the level of intensity up so high on our side that it was very hard for them to contain her.” UTA also put up eight blocks and four of its players finished with double-digit digs. Offensively, Carol Bozikis and Pack had 11 kills each, while Olaya Pazo, Caley Smith and Melissa Robinett each finished with 10 kills. “They’re balanced,” Gray said. “That’s why they are where they are. You look at their numbers overall and every kid has like 270 kills, all five hitters. This is the team that should represent us at the NCAA tournament.”As for SHSU’s goal to reach the conference tournament, it is still a possibility. The team is currently in seventh place, with three matches remaining. All three are must-wins, with a hope that Southeastern will lose its last two, one of which might be to SHSU.Tonight the Bearkats will host Southwest Texas at 7 p.m. It is “Parents’ Night” and will be the last home game of the season.Friday, the team will travel to Hammond, La., to face Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m. Nicholls State will host the Kats Saturday at 2 p.m. in the last conference match of the season.

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