Andres Acosta | El Paso Herald-Post
The UTEP volleyball team will host an intrasquad ‘Orange and Navy’ scrimmage on August 17 at 2 p.m. in Memorial Gym.
“Our Orange and Navy Scrimmage should be a competitive and exciting glimpse into the 2019 season,” Wallis said. “We have a large roster that has several new faces after bringing in 10 new players to our team. All of the players we’ve added to the roster bring unique talents that complement each other. There will be competition at every position in our gym every day in practice, and that will make life hard on me when constructing lineups for our matches all year. Our young players will push our returners for playing time immediately, and that will ultimately make us better.”
UTEP fans are invited out for a sneak peek at the 2019 Miner Volleyball squad. The “Meet the Miners” event is free and open to the public.
Event goers will be able to pick up this year’s schedule poster, watch the team scrimmage and hear from new head coach Ben Wallis. After the scrimmage, fans will be invited down to the court to receive autographs and take pictures with the Miners.
Information on the new “Point Miners” club, which supports the UTEP Volleyball program, will be available and staff from the Miner Athletic Club will be on site to answer any questions.
The “Meet the Miners” event is part of the new outreach strategies by UTEP Athletics as well as the volleyball program to better engage the El Paso community and the Borderland.
Wallis and his staff will split their 20-player roster into two squads (Orange & Navy), and play a full match with officials. At the conclusion of the contest, fans will have the opportunity to meet, take pictures and get to know the players and coaches. Fans will also have a chance to take home signed 2019 volleyball posters.
“After our intrasquad scrimmage we will be hosting a Meet the Miners event, where the community can meet, greet and get to know our players and our staff,” Wallis said. “It is very important to me that our city feels like they have access to our players and our program, so it is a lot more fun for them to come out and cheer us on. I am hopeful that our fans will come out to not only see a new style of volleyball that we’ll be incorporating, but also the excitement, passion and tenacity that we will be playing with.”
The Miners, in Wallis’s first season, have added 10 players (six freshmen and four transfers) to the roster. The newcomers include three setters. Wallis filled out a good portion of the roster with local talent as well.
Freshmen Sophia Chacon, Abigail Padilla, Sofia Sifuentes and Jessica Landeros all hail from the Sun City. Wallis also brought Emily Perez and Priscilla Sanchez back to the 915 after stints at Incarnate Word and Jacksonville State, respectively. These six will join Erika Sianez and Briana Arellano in playing in their home city of El Paso.
“The roster from top to bottom is very athletic and our setting is much improved,” Wallis said. “We have a significant amount of competition at the setting position, after adding three setters since the fall. Kristen (Fritsche), the only returning setter on the roster from last year, is much better after a long spring in which she improved both technically and tactically. We have four setters on the roster, all who have a chance to play.”
Coach Wallis will be entering his first season leading the Miners after serving as Associate Head Coach of NM State for the past six years. He played a pivotal role in in three WAC championships for the Aggies, and has coached four AVCA All-Americans during his career.
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