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UTEP volleyball (7-6) opens up Conference USA play on the road against No. 22 Rice (11-1) on Friday and UTSA (7-6) on Sunday.
The Orange and Blue will begin their conference schedule against Rice on Friday at 5 p.m. MT. The Owls defeated No. 3 Texas earlier this season, and are now ranked No. 22 in the nation.
The Miners will cap off their first conference road trip in San Antonio, Texas, versus UTSA on Sunday at 11 a.m. MT.
Nicole Lennon has been the offensive workhorse for Rice this season. The Preseason Conference USA Player of the Year has 215 kills (5.12 kills per set).
On defense Grace Morgan, who has a team-high 45 blocks, leads the Owls.
Briana McCulloch paces UTSA in the kills department with 152. The Roadrunners have posted 71 blocks, while their opponents have 117. UTSA has two more service aces than UTEP with 85.
The Miners are boasting a record above .500 after nonconference play for the first time since 2011. UTEP in the past two seasons only won six out-of-conference matches. It has already surpassed that mark with seven this year.
Mallory Yost had a historic outing against UIW at the Red Raider Classic. The middle blocker recorded 18 kills on just 28 swings, which produced a .593 hitting percentage. This scorching hot-hitting clip now sits in record books at third all-time in a five-set match for UTEP.
Cheyenne Jones is leading the Miners with 130 kills. She produced a career-high 24 kills versus UIW earlier in the year. Against Houston at the Red Raider Classic she locked in 17 kills on a .429 hitting clip, helping boost the Miners to a comeback victory. She has improved on her hitting percentage from last year (.186), posting a .236 hitting clip.
Libero Alex Torres made history against the Houston Cougars, notching 31 digs to become just the 15th player in program history to record 30+ digs in a match.
These matches will be live streamed at cusa.tv and live stats will be available.