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Tuesday morning, UTEP officials released the 2020 Miner Volleyball home schedule and, for the first time, fans can purchase season tickets.
“I’m really excited about our 2020 home slate of matches,” Wallis said. “We inherited a road-heavy schedule in our first season last year but we performed very well at home, securing top-100 wins over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Marshall and North Texas. Our roster is much deeper and more athletic this year and I think we have what it takes, with our returning talent and eight new players, to be a force in Conference USA this season.”
UTEP will launch its home slate with its own I-10 Challenge Aug. 28-29 in El Paso. The Miners will host Tulane, Incarnate Word and New Mexico in the two-day event at the Don Haskins Center.
“We’re really excited to wrap up the four-year I-10 rivalry tournament here in El Paso at the Don Haskins Center opening weekend,” Wallis said. “We were able to add New Mexico to the field, which is something that (Lobos coach) Jon Newman-Gonchar and I have been pretty adamant about since he got hired last year as well. We want that I-25 rivalry renewed each season.”
The remainder of the Miners’ home matches will be played at historic Memorial Gym. The following weekend (Sept. 4-6), UTEP will serve as co-host of the Borderland Invitational with NM State. The Miners will face off against UT Arlington, Abilene Christian and the arch-rival Aggies.
The Miners will kick off their Conference USA slate on Saturday, Sept. 26 when they host UTSA. It will mark the first of three straight C-USA home matches with North Texas (Oct. 2) and Rice (Oct. 4) scheduled to come to El Paso the following weekend.
The Miners will return home to host Old Dominion (Oct. 16) and Charlotte (Oct. 18) in a weekend set sandwiched between a pair of road series.
UTEP’s conference home schedule will wrap up the last weekend of October as the Miners will host Florida Atlantic (Oct. 30) and FIU (Nov. 1).
“What I really like about our conference schedule is that we have several of the top teams at home, including UTSA, North Texas and Rice right off the bat,” Wallis said. “Conference USA is a top-10 volleyball conference so everybody will be tough to beat, but we’re excited to have several of the top teams playing here in El Paso and having to deal with our rowdy fans. We finished third in the conference in attendance last year and I’m hoping we can get in the top-two this season, especially with our great slate of matches!”
The Miners’ home slate will come to a close on Nov. 24 when they play host to NM State for a second time on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
Wallis and company put together the best turnaround by a first-year staff in program history a year ago, as the Miners went from five wins in 2018 to 13 victories in 2019.
Additionally, the Miners advanced to the C-USA Championships for the first time in three seasons, and had their highest finish in the conference standings since the 2012 campaign.
Wallis and the Miners also registered a 6-3 mark in Memorial Gym, their first winning mark in the Sun City in six years.
Wallis and the Miners will enter the 2020 campaign with a more experienced roster. UTEP returns 12 players who saw action a season ago, including standouts Cheyenne Jones, Irbe Lazda and Serena Patterson. Jones was a second team All-Conference USA performer last season, and Lazda was one of the top freshmen in the conference prior to sustaining a season-ending injury.
The full 2020 UTEP volleyball schedule will be announced on a later date.
Tickets are just $60 for adults and $35 for youth and gain entry to all 14 home matches.
All seats are general admission. Single-match ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 3-12). Fans can save 46 percent off the single-match adult prices and 50 percent off the single-match youth prices by purchasing a season ticket.
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2020 UTEP Volleyball Home Schedule
Date Opponent Location Time
Aug. 28 TULANE ^ Don Haskins Center 10 a.m.
INCARNATE WORD ^ Don Haskins Center 4:30 p.m.
Aug. 29 NEW MEXICO ^ Don Haskins Center 3 p.m.
Sept. 4 UT ARLINGTON# Memorial Gym 10 a.m.
ABILENE CHRISTIAN# Memorial Gym 5 p.m.
Sept. 6 NM STATE# Memorial Gym 3 p.m.
Sept. 26 UTSA* Memorial Gym 1 p.m.
Oct. 2 NORTH TEXAS* Memorial Gym 6 p.m.
Oct. 4 RICE* Memorial Gym 12 p.m.
Oct. 16 OLD DOMINION* Memorial Gym 6 p.m.
Oct. 18 CHARLOTTE* Memorial Gym 12 p.m.
Oct. 30 FLORIDA ATLANTIC* Memorial Gym 6 p.m.
Nov. 1 FIU* Memorial Gym 12 p.m.
Nov. 24 NM STATE Memorial Gym 1 p.m.
All times MT
* Indicates C-USA match
^ I-10 Challenge
# Borderland Invitational