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Samford Hands UTEP Volleyball Four-Set Loss

ARLINGTON, Texas – The UTEP volleyball team got knocked off by Samford in four sets (18-25, 17-25, 25-20, 22-25)Friday in the first match of the UT-Arlington Invitational. With the loss, the Miners move to a 2-8 overall record.

Senior Lindsey Larson had another stellar performance with her second triple-double of the season and her career. The setter earned the top spot in the UTEP record book for hitting percentage in a four-set match with a .650 hitting percentage on 13 kills and contributed 22 assists, 11 digs and two blocks.

Amanda King tallied 17 assists, seven digs and two kills while Maddie Morgan was a force on the offense with a total of 10 kills. On defense, Sarah Villa paced the squad with 26 digs and racked up seven assists and a kill.

The match got off to a solid start with seven tied scores early in the first set. The score was knotted at 11-11 before the Bulldogs were able to gain momentum and claim first period, 25-18. Samford carried its rhythm into the second stanza taking a 2-0 match lead with a 25-17 victory in the set.

The Miners responded to the Bulldog’s surge with a 25-20 win in the third frame but Samford took the fourth, 25-22 and the match, 3-0.

The Orange and Blue will return to action Saturday with two matches against the New Mexico Lobos at 1 p.m. (MT) and UT-Arlington at 6 p.m. (MT).