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UTEP Athletic officials announced Wednesday afternoon that season tickets for the 2021 UTEP soccer and UTEP volleyball seasons are now officially on sale.
Soccer is $60 while prices in volleyball range from $65 to $80. Single-game tickets for soccer are $8, or there is a group option for $5 with 10 or more tickets purchased. Volleyball single-game tickets range from $8 to $10.
Officials added that there’s also a group option for $5 with at least 10 tickets purchased. Fans are encouraged to call 915-747-UTEP or visit the ticket website for more information.
2020-21 was a historic season for UTEP volleyball. In Ben Wallis’s second year as head coach, UTEP secured its first winning season since 2012 as well as won its first conference tournament match since 2008 as a No. 2 seed – its highest seeding since 1984. The Miners were picked to finish fourth in the West Division in the Conference USA Preseason Poll.
“We are looking forward to getting back to some normalcy and getting a large percentage of our fans back into Memorial Gym because we had one of the best home environments in C-USA in 2019,” Wallis said. “We finished third in the conference in attendance (in 2019).”
Wallis led the Miners to their highest winning percentage in conference play since 1985. The regular season was marked by milestones in nearly every series UTEP played. On Feb. 21, UTEP defeated I-10 rival UTSA for the first time in 10 years. In the next series versus North Texas on March 1, the Miners walked out of Denton, Texas, with a road victory over the Mean Green for the first time since 1994.
On March 21 and 22, UTEP swept Louisiana Tech in straight sets in both matches – the Miners’ first straight-set season sweep of a conference opponent since 2012. UTEP capped its regular season with two more straight-set victories the next weekend versus Southern Miss, marking the Miners’ first 12-set winning streak in conference play since 1996.
They would make it 15 straight sets after UTEP’s 3-0 victory over (3E) Marshall in the Conference USA Tournament Quarterfinals.
“My challenge to the city of El Paso is to come out and support this team that is showing signs of such great improvement and excitement to get us to first or second in the conference attendance,” Wallis said.
“I know we can do it; we’ve got people in the city that are well-educated on the sport and we’ve got a big city with a big population of young people who love the sport. I think we’ve got a really good product – one of the most exciting in the city – and I want everybody to come out and support us so we can keep pushing this program in the right direction.”
The UTEP soccer team fought through a Covid-19 affected season that was played in Spring 2021 to finish 3-6-2. The Miners were 2-3-1 in limited Conference USA play. UTEP dazzled to a 3-0-2 record at home for its first unbeaten mark in the Sun City since 2006 and the third overall.
“We are really excited to get back on the field and welcome fans to a full house at University Field,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “It is a short off season for the team, but that has only heightened their aspirations to continue the winning ways at home from this past spring.”
Some other notable moments on the pitch included a 3-1 victory against NM State (2/11/21), facing three different power five programs, scoring twice in the final 10 minutes to rally past UAB, 2-1, (3/14/21) and battling back to tie North Texas, 1-1, (4/2/21) despite playing the final 34 minutes shorthanded.
Additionally, Cayman Tamez and Tessa Carlin were named to the All C-USA third team, making it the first time since 2003 that the Miners had multiple underclassmen earn all-league honors.
“We appreciated all of the fans who could make it out this spring in a limited capacity due to Covid,” Balogun said. “We can’t thank you enough for supporting your Miners and we are really looking forward to having everyone back in a few short months to pack University Field!”
For additional questions and information, individuals can call the Eisenberg Family Ticket Office at (915) 747-UTEP, email email@example.com, click here or stop by in person (Brumbelow Building on UTEP campus, 201 Glory Road) Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.