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Conference USA announces Bowl affiliations through 2025

DALLAS – Conference USA has announced the league’s bowl lineup that will span the six-year cycle from 2020-25. The conference is guaranteed seven bowl appearances in each year of the new cycle.

“We are very pleased with our future bowl lineup,” said C-USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod. “Our teams will continue to have postseason opportunities in outstanding destinations that are very accessible to our schools and their fans. We are also excited to have additional flexibility to create great matchups.”

As part of the new bowl cycle, C-USA will annually send teams to the Bahamas Bowl against a Mid-American Conference opponent, and
to the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, against a Sun Belt Conference school.

The league has participated in all six Bahamas Bowls and has placed a team in the New Orleans Bowl 14 times in its first 18 years.

As previously announced, the league will continue its relationship with the Independence Bowl. C-USA is guaranteed to send a team to
the Shreveport, Louisiana-based bowl in 2021 and 2025, while holding a secondary agreement with the bowl in the other years of the

C-USA will also continue its long-standing relationship with the Hawai’i Bowl. The league is set to participate in the Honolulu-based game
in 2020, 2022 and 2024.

The conference’s remaining guaranteed selections in the cycle (either 4 or 5 per season) will include the LendingTree Bowl (Mobile,
Alabama) and the following games which are owned and operated by ESPN Events:

1. Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, Texas)
2. TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl (Birmingham, Alabama)
3. Boca Raton Bowl (Boca Raton, Florida)
4. Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Alabama)
5. Cure Bowl (Orlando, Florida)
6. Fenway Bowl (Boston, Massachusetts)
7. SERVPRO First Responder Bowl (Dallas, Texas)
8. Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (Frisco, Texas)
9. Gasparilla Bowl (Tampa, Florida)
10. Myrtle Beach Bowl (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
11. New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

“We are excited about extending our relationship with Conference USA,” said Pete Derzis, ESPN senior vice president of programming
and ESPN Events. “We look forward to continuing to feature the conference’s top programs, student-athletes, coaches and fans in our
bowl games across ESPN’s networks.”

C-USA’s 25th football season is scheduled to begin on Saturday, August 29. The league’s 16th annual football championship game is
scheduled for Saturday, December 5.

Flyin’ Miners’ Bailey, Bright, Caicedo, Chepkosgei, Koncos, Men’s 4×400 head All-C-USA Indoor Selections

DALLAS – Conference USA announced its All-Conference selections as UTEP track and field’s Sean Bailey (400m), Chantoba Bright (long jump), Maribel Caicedo (60m hurdles), Carolyne Chepkosgei (800m), Karol Koncos (weight throw) and the men’s 4x400m relay team were named first team All-C-USA on Tuesday.

Bailey ran a personal-best 46.42 in the men’s 400m, claiming gold, while he was part of the men’s 4x400m relay team that also took gold. Bailey was also named second team all-conference in the 200m, earning a silver medal with a personal-best 21.37.

Bright won gold after leaping out to a personal-best 6.22m in the women’s long jump. The sophomore was named second team All-C-USA after taking silver in the women’s triple jump after posting a 12.94.

Caicedo raced out to a personal-best 8.26 in the women’s 60m hurdles, winning gold. Koncos also claimed gold in his respective event, tossing 19.35m in the men’s weight throw.

Chepkosgei took gold in the women’s 800m, recording a time of 2:11.95, while also being named to the third team in the women’s mile run (4:48.92).

The men’s 4x400m relay team, composed of James Flournoy, Bailey, Shakeem Smith and Jevaughn Powell took gold, recording a time of 3:12.18.

Smith was also named second team all-conference in the men’s 60m hurdles, clocking in a time of 7.94.

Titus Cheruiyot was named second team in the 5000m (14:08.80), and third team in the 3000m (8:13.28).

UTEP’s Korir, Amusan Garner C-USA Athlete of the Year

UTEP claimed two superlative Conference USA track and field honors as Emmanuel Korir and Tobi Amusan were named C-USA Male and Female Track Athletes of the Year, announced by the league office on Friday afternoon.

“Both athletes are very special and talented. He [Korir] was the best candidate for our league and would most likely do very well other top conferences as well,” head coach Mika Laaksonen stated. “A lot of work goes into these things and Tobi worked incredibly hard over these past two years and she absolutely deserves this award, they both do.”

Korir ran a world best 1:14.97 in the 600m earlier this year at the New Mexico Cherry & Silver meet, which was his first race on an indoor 200m banked track. The freshman followed that up by capturing the NCAA title in the 800m (1:47.48) at the same track in Albuquerque, N.M., with a time of 1:47.48. The freshman is one of three athletes in the world to run an outdoor sub-45 400m and a sub-1:44 in the 800m.

The Kenyan native won the NCAA outdoor title in the 800m (1:45.03) and is the first Miner to win both titles in the same year.

Amusan was the leading scorer for the Miners with 25 points at the C-USA Indoor Championships and notched a meet record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.01. The sophomore helped her team win its third consecutive conference title. Amusan qualified to the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60m hurdles where she notched a sixth-place showing.

The outdoor season started with a bang, as she set a school record (12.63) in the 100m hurdles at the UTEP Springtime meet. She followed that with a first-place finish at the 2017 Clyde Little Field Texas Relays in the 100m hurdles, setting a meet record time of 12.72. The Nigerian native scored 24.5 points at the C-USA Outdoor Championships leading the women’s team to its first ever outdoor conference title.

Both athletes were named semifinalists for college track and field’s high individual honor, The Bowerman Award. The women’s three finalists will be announced on Wednesday, June 21 and the men’s finalists will be announced Thursday, June 22.

For more information on UTEP track and field, follow the Miners on Twitter (@UTEPTrack) and on Instagram (uteptrack).

C-USA Basketball Championships Moving to Frisco, Texas

Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod announced today the 2018 and 2019 Conference USA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championships will be hosted at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, in partnership with the University of North Texas, the Dallas Cowboys and Visit Frisco.

Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research at The Star will be the presenting sponsor of the 2018 C-USA Basketball Championships, which are scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 through Saturday, March 10, with all 22 games – 11 men’s and 11 women’s games – being held at The Star. The conference champions receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

“We are really excited about the Conference USA Championships moving to Frisco,” said UTEP men’s basketball coach Tim Floyd.  “It’s the second-most ideal location for us outside of El Paso.  With our fans being able to drive to Dallas, plus the large alumni base that we have all over the state, we would hope for a tremendous turnout of UTEP supporters.”

“Frisco is a great venue for the Conference USA Championships,” said UTEP women’s basketball coach Kevin Baker.  “The quality of basketball that will be on display is reason enough to attend, but Frisco also offers a tremendous geographic location with restaurants and hotels all within walking distance of the arena.  It’s a terrific place for student-athletes and fans to have a memorable experience.”

Frisco will be the eighth location to host the C-USA Men’s Basketball Championship and the 13th host city for the C-USA Women’s Basketball Championship.  UTEP hosted the 2011 and 2014 Men’s and Women’s Championship.

Ticket information will be announced this fall.

H-P Sports in Depth: UTEP Looks to Continue Comeback Streak Thursday vs LA Tech

For a fourth straight game, UTEP will face a team either in first or second place in the Conference USA standings when LA Tech rolls in to the Don Haskins Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The Bulldogs (16-8, 8-3 C-USA) are in second place in the league, a game and a half in front of fifth-place UTEP (8-14, 6-4 C-USA), which is surging with wins in six of its last seven games.

“I think our guys feel good about themselves right now,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.  “But there’s nothing like Louisiana Tech showing up to humble you and put you back in your shoes.  We know that we’ve got to get better again this week in order to compete on Thursday night.  Our crowds have been absolutely awesome.  We’re hoping that we have another great turnout here.”

Thursday is UTEP’s annual “Military Appreciation” game.  Discounted tickets are available for all active military members (valid I.D. must be shown to pick up tickets), and the first 300 veterans in attendance will receive Military Appreciation t-shirts compliments of the UTEP Military Student Success Center and UTEP Army ROTC.

LA Tech beat UTEP by 20 (64-44) on Jan. 5 in Ruston in what was game 11 of a 12-game losing streak.

“We’d like to think that we’ve grown a little bit, but I think this is the real test,” Floyd said.  “Who knows?  We’ve just got to go play and play inspired.  In the last ballgame Matt Willms went down with an injury [in a 31-27 game] in the second half.  We’re hopeful that he’ll be healthy and we’ll be healthy mentally and ready to roll.”

LA Tech has a bunch of weapons, starting with senior forward Erik McCree who averages 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds.  Junior guard Jacobi Boykins leads C-USA in steals (2.2 spg), freshman guard DaQuan Bracey is first in assist/turnover ratio (3.6), freshman guard Jalen Harris is first in free throw percentage (.923) and sophomore center Joniah White is first in blocked shots (2.4 bpg).

“They throw a lot of lefties at you that can really play,” Floyd said.  “Erik McCree is a candidate for player of the year in our league.  He is an extremely difficult matchup for our team.  They put a lot of pressure on you in the open floor.  I think one of the best things that they do is defend.  Boykins is going to be an all-league player at the small forward spot.  And their little point guard is as fast as Omega Harris.  It’s a great team and we’re going to see their best shot when they come in here.

“We have to come out and play our best basketball.  And our best basketball has been close wins against FIU, Florida Atlantic, UAB and Middle Tennessee.  So we’re not a juggernaut.  But we have to play together, play well, unselfishly and we’ve got to have big performances from the guys that we rely on.”

The Miners have put themselves in position to do something special a month after sitting 2-13.

“It really could [be special] and I really believe that,” Floyd said.  “When you’ve got a player like Matt who can score it on the block, who’s long and athletic and different from a lot of bigs, and you’ve got two seasoned guards, you’ve got a chance if we can play mistake-free and continue to guard at a high level.”

Thursday’s game marks the 700th for the Miners in the Don Haskins Center.  They are 537-162 all-time in the facility.  UTEP has won 21 of its last 22 C-USA home games.

UTEP In Depth Stats

UTEP (8-14, 6-4 C-USA) looks to continue its recent surge when it hosts LA Tech (16-8, 8-3 C-USA) in game three of a four-game homestand on Thursday at 7 p.m.

–    The Miners have won six of their last seven games to climb from a tie for 12th place in Conference USA to fifth.  UTEP is a half-game behind third-place Old Dominion and UAB, and a game and a half behind second-place LA Tech.
–    Thursday is UTEP’s annual “Military Appreciation” game.  Discounted tickets are available for all active military members (valid I.D. must be shown to pick up tickets), and the first 300 veterans in attendance will receive Military Appreciation t-shirts compliments of the UTEP Military Student Success Center and UTEP Army ROTC.
–    UTEP is playing a team either in first or second place in the C-USA standings for the fourth straight game.  Marshall (Jan. 28) was tied for second place, UAB (Feb. 2) was in second and Middle Tennessee (Feb. 4) was in first.
–    UTEP is 5-0 in C-USA home games this season, and 48-12 in C-USA home games under coach Tim Floyd.  UTEP is one of three teams still unbeaten at home in league play this season, along with Middle Tennessee (5-0) and UAB (4-0).
–    The Miners are 77-17 overall in C-USA home games.  UTEP has won 21 of its last 22 league home games dating back to the 2014-15 season.
–    The Miners have a 10-game C-USA home win streak, their longest since 11 consecutive from Jan. 10, 2015 – Jan. 21, 2016.
–    UTEP has won eight straight Thursday C-USA home games.  The last Thursday C-USA home loss was to LA Tech on Jan. 8, 2015.


–    LA Tech brings a 3-2 mark in C-USA road games to El Paso; the Bulldogs were 0-4 in their non-conference road games.
–    LA Tech has been very competitive in its nine road games with all but one of the six losses decided by 10 points or less.  The Bulldogs fell at Nebraska, 65-54, on Nov. 19.
–    LA Tech is led by senior forward Erik McCree, who is averaging 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds.  McCree is second in C-USA in rebounding, seventh in scoring, 13th in field goal percentage (.490) and 15th in three-point field goal percentage (.355).
–    Lending support are junior guard Jacobi Boykins (15.1 ppg) and junior forward Omar Sherman (10.0 ppg).
–    LA Tech has a pair of sensational freshmen in guards Jalen Harris (9.8 ppg) and DaQuan Bracey, who leads C-USA in assist/turnover ratio (3.6).
–    Boykins is first in the league in steals (2.2 spg), Harris is first in free throw percentage (.923), and sophomore center Joniah White is first in blocked shots (2.4 bpg).
–    The Bulldogs are first in C-USA in scoring margin (+11.2 ppg), assists (16.5 apg), blocked shots (5.7 bpg) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.323), second in field goal percentage defense (.413), and steals (6.9 spg), and third in scoring defense (65.7 ppg), turnover margin (+1.7) and assist/turnover ratio (1.3).
–    LA Tech was ninth in the country in personal fouls per game (15.5), 14th in blocks and 29th in scoring margin through the games of Feb. 6.  Bracey was sixth in assist/turnover ratio, Boykins was 19th in steals and 20th in three-point field goal percentage, White was 22nd in blocked shots and McCree was 25th in double-doubles (11).


–    LA Tech leads the series 11-10, but the Miners are 8-2 against the Bulldogs in El Paso.
–    Last season the Miners topped LA Tech in the Haskins Center, 91-80.  The year before the Bulldogs posted a 58-45 triumph in UTEP’s C-USA home opener.
–    UTEP is 2-4 versus LA Tech since the Bulldogs joined C-USA for the 2013-14 season (2-1 home, 0-3 away).  All three games in the Haskins Center have been decided by 10 points or more.


–    The Miners played a solid first half on Jan. 5 in Ruston, but LA Tech proved to be too much for the short-handed Miners over the last 20 minutes.  The Bulldogs pulled away from a slim 28-25 lead at the break and cruised to a 64-44 victory.
–    UTEP lost Matt Willms to an ankle injury in the first minute of the second half, and Paul Thomas to five fouls with 4:44 to play.  LA Tech went on a 15-0 run, extending a 36-34 lead to 51-34 early in the period.
–    The Miners shot 42.3 percent in the first half and held LA Tech to 32.1 percent.  In the second half the Bulldogs shot 42.9 percent, made six threes and held UTEP to 25 percent (6-for-24) from the field.
–    Erik McCree scored 19 points with 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs, and Jacobi Boykins added 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals.  McCree scored seven points during the 15-0 run.  He finished 6-for-10 from the field, 3-for-7 from three-point distance and 4-for-5 from the line.
–    Omega Harris scored 23 points to lead the Miners.  Only four UTEP players scored as Thomas tallied 12 points, Dominic Artis six and Willms three.
–    The Miners committed 19 turnovers, leading to 20 points for the Bulldogs – including 13 in the second half.


–    UTEP’s Tim Floyd graduated from LA Tech in 1977 with a degree in health and physical education.  He earned one letter with the Bulldogs in 1976.   –    He is 11-10 when coaching against his alma mater (9-6 at New Orleans/2-4 at UTEP).


–    Matt Willms scored nine of his 14 points in a game-ending 19-6 run as UTEP handed Middle Tennessee its first conference loss of the season, 57-54, on Feb. 4 at the Haskins Center.
–    UTEP trailed 39-22 with 14:08 remaining.  The Miners outscored Middle Tennessee 35-15 over the final 13:46, holding the Blue Raiders to six field goals during that span.  Middle Tennessee scored one field goal in the final six minutes, when it was outscored 15-4.
–    The Miners made 9-of-10 foul shots in the second half and 15-for-18 for the game, none bigger than Willms’ two with eight seconds left that pushed a 55-54 lead to 57-54.
–    After falling behind by 17, the Miners scored 11 consecutive points to pull within six (39-33).  Middle Tennessee extended the lead back to double digits and was ahead 48-38 when Brandon Walters scored with 7:26 remaining.  Then the Miners mounted another run.
–    Willms scored five points in a 9-0 run that turned a 50-42 deficit into a 51-50 lead.  When Omega Harris hit a jumper with 2:27 to play, the Miners had their first lead since it was 1-0.
–    JaCorey Williams, who was a one-man wrecking crew for Middle Tennessee with 24 points and 10 rebounds, put the Blue Raiders ahead 52-51 on a jumper with 2:09 to go.  He gave them a 54-53 lead by splitting two free throws with 37 seconds left.
–    The Miners did the rest of their damage at the foul line, as Harris made two free throws with 22 seconds left and, after Edward Simpson missed a three-pointer, Willms made two more with eight seconds remaining.  Middle Tennessee’s Giddy Potts missed a three pointer at the buzzer.
–    Dominic Artis collected 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals.  Paul Thomas had 10 points and six rebounds.
–    Williams made 10-of-15 shots and 4-of-5 free throws for Middle Tennessee.  But the Blue Raiders’ other stars, Reggie Upshaw (zero points, one rebound in 23 minutes) and Potts (nine points, 3-for-11 from the field) were held in check.
–    Middle Tennessee uncharacteristically turned it over 19 times, which was the equalizer on a night where it shot 48.9 percent to UTEP’s 41.3.
–    The Miners trailed 27-16 following a miserable offensive first half where they shot 20.8 percent (5-for-24), including 0-for-7 from three-point range.  In the second half UTEP shot 63.6 percent led by Willms, who was 5-for-7 from the field.

UTEP Volleyball to Host Western Kentucky and Rice

The UTEP volleyball team (4-16, 2-5 C-USA) will return to its home court this weekend to take on a pair of matches.

First, the Miners will face a battle against the top team in Conference USA, Western Kentucky (20-2, 7-0 C-USA) on Friday at 6:30 p.m. (MT) and follow that up with a match against Rice (14-8, 6-1 C-USA) on Sunday at 12 p.m. (MT). Sundaywill mark the second meeting against the Owls this season.

The Orange and Blue was out of town last weekend making its tour through Texas. On Friday (10/14), the Miners were in Denton facing a tough North Texas team at the North Texas Volleyball Center. UTEP fought to keep up but the Mean Green came out on top by sweeping the Miners (25-20, 25-21, 25-11).

After the loss at North Texas the Miners headed to San Antonio to match up against UTSA for the second time in 2016. The match was played on Sunday (10/16) at the UTSA Convocation Center this time around but the match was point for point until the very end, similar to the battle in Memorial Gym two weeks prior (10/2).

Both matches went to five sets but the Roadrunners came out with the win in both instances. In the first match, UTSA handed UTEP a 22-25, 21-25, 25-14, 25-21, 10-15 loss and in the second meeting, the Miners fell 25-23, 21-25, 23-25, 25-22, 7-15.



UTEP vs. Rice



UTEP vs. Rice:


Series: Western Kentucky leads the all-time series over the Miners with a 4-0 advantage entering Friday’s meeting. The Lady Toppers are currently 20-2 and undefeated in C-USA action (7-0).


WKU’s offense is led by Alyssa Cavanaugh, an outside hitter from Louisville, Ky. The junior has hammered a total of 350 kills on the season while hitting at an impressive .353 clip. She has been named the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week two times this season. Her other totals include 41 blocks, 40 digs and seven assists. Jessica Lucas is the starting setter for the Lady Toppers and has achieved numerous accolades of her own. Just this season, she has been honored as C-USA Setter of the Week five times in addition to earning a Co-Setter of the Week honor on Oct. 10.

The junior’s totals include 842 total assists, 191 digs, 93 kills, 52 blocks and 10 service aces. Lucas is eighth in the national rankings with 11.53 assists per set and 19th for total assists. The Lady Topper’s strongest defensive weapons are Amara Listenbee and Georgia O’Connell. Listenbee is a sophomore middle blocker out of Beloit, Wis. Who has a team-leading 76 blocks (20s/56a) on the season. O’connell serves as a defensive specialist on the squad and paces the team with 312 digs and adds 17 service aces.


Series: The Miners are 9-34 against the Owls and this will be the second matchup between the teams this season. The last meeting took place on Sept. 23 in Houston, where the Owls defeated UTEP in a five-set thriller.



Rice’s offense is led by Chelsey Harris and Madison McDaniel. Harris is an outside hitter out of Houston, Texas who paces the team with 292 kills while hitting at a .319 clip. McDaniel is from The Woodlands, Texas and serves as the starting setter for the Owls. The junior has tallied a total of 869 assists this season and is second on the team with 265 digs. McDaniel was awarded the C-USA Setter of the Week honor on Oct. 17.

On defense, Rice is led by defensive specialist Lee Ann Cunningham and middle blocker Portia Okafor. Cunningham is a Louisville, Ky. native, who has accumulated 340 digs while adding 92 assists and 17 service aces. Okafor was also honored by the league this week by being named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 17). The Lewisville, Texas native has blocked her opponents 102 times (29s/73a) this season and is second in the league in blocks per set (1.07).


This year’s Miner squad has a mix of youth and experience as the newcomers are providing impact along with the veteran members of the team. Freshmen Macey Austin has seen action in 68 sets, Briana Arellano in 64, Niki Cebak has participated in 62 sets and Ali Vidali has played in 35. Newcomer Amanda King is the only newcomer this season who has taken the court in all 75 sets this season.


UTEP’s matches against North Texas and UTSA last weekend completed the first half the C-USA season for the Miners, leaving seven conference matches left on the schedule. UTEP will host conference opponents for four of the seven remaining league matches while they will hit the road for three contests away from home against Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee and Marshall. Conference play will wrap up in the Cam Henderson Center against Marshall on Nov. 10.


UTEP’s freshmen have been making quite the splash in its first weeks of action. Macey Austin leads the UTEP pack with a team-best 175 kills while adding 28 digs, 18 blocks, two service aces and an assist on the season. Ali Vidali follows in suit. Her totals include, 67 kills, 29 digs, four blocks, three assists and two service aces. Briana Arellano has also proved to be force on the court with 145 digs, 43 kills, 15 service aces, five blocks and five assists. Niki Cebak has also made contributions of her own with 91 total digs, 11 service aces and 13 assists.



Canada is well represented on the Miners’ squad this season. Three athletes (Lindsey Larson, Ashley Grzebeniak and Niki Cebak) on the roster are natives of the country and have made a tremendous impact since their arrival at UTEP.  Lindsey Larson is a product of Humboldt, Saskatchewan and is the Orange and Blue’s strongest weapon with 2016 totals including a team-best in assists (369) and service aces (17).

She owns a second-best team ranking in digs (208), kills (160) and total blocks (64). Sophomore Ashley Grzebeniak is from Winnipeg, Manitoba and provides the Miners with a powerful swing. She has racked up a total of 85 kills, 59 digs, 15 blocks (1s/14a), four service aces and two assists so far this season.

Redshirt freshman Niki Cebak is the final Canada representative from Airdrie, Alberta. The defensive specialist has a petite appearance, but has shown to have a powerful swing from the serving line with 11 service aces this season. Cebak’s other totals include 91 digs and 13 assists.


Setter Lindsey Larson has made it a habit to reach double-digits in various categories in UTEP’s matches. She has reached a double-double in 13 of the Miners’ matches so far this season, which include five triple-doubles. She is second in conference in total double-doubles but she is the only one in the league to reach a triple-double. Amanda King is second on the team with a total of five double-doubles and Ashley Grzebeniak has notched one on the season.


Sophomore Kylie Baumgartner has been a force at the net all season and leads the squad with a total of 75 blocks (10s/65a), which is more than she registered in the entire 2015 season (51 total blocks). She currently ranks seventh in Conference USA with 1.03 blocks per set.

The California native, matched her career-high 10 blocks in a 3-2 win over UAB (9/25), which places her third in the league for most blocks in a five-set match.



UTEP has the most depth in the outside position with a total of six outside hitters. The Miners returned Ashley Grzebeniak who brings a year of experience. Ali Vidali is a redshirt freshman who sat out the 2015 season due to a wrist injury. Vidali is joined by El Paso native Briana Arellano and Macey Austin from Fort Worth, Texas who bring tremendous size and power as incoming freshmen.


At the middle blocker position, the Miners returned senior Tatum Winter and sophomores Kylie Baumgartner and Maddie Morgan. Baumgartner was named to the C-USA All-Freshman team in 2015 after tallying 128 total blocks, 165 kills and 20 digs in her breakout season.


Senior setter Lindsey Larson is a key cornerstone as a six-rotation player. In 2015, she led the team with 1,064 assists and 35 service aces while finishing second in digs (369) and blocks (11s/93a). Larson not only works hard on the court but on her studies as well. She is a four-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll, three-time C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medalist and a two-time C-USA All-Academic Team selection. Junior transfer Amanda King will also bring depth at the setter position this season.


On defense, UTEP returned Sarah Villa, an El Paso native who was the starting libero for the majority of the 2015 season. As a junior, Villa set the C-USA record for digs in an individual match with 45 in a five-set battle against Southern Miss. The Miners also have Dania Orozco and Niki Cebak. Orozco is also from El Paso but played two years at New Mexico Military Institute as the libero.


Lindsey Larson is one of four in the nation with five or more triple-doubles this season and is the only one in C-USA to reach one. Larson notched her first triple-double of her career as she led the UTEP squad to a 3-1 victory over Bradley (9/3). She totaled 25 assists, 17 digs and 10 kills while adding four blocks and a service ace. She recorded two more at the UT-Arlington Invitational.

Against Samford (9/16), the senior notched 22 assists, 13 kills, 11 digs and three blocks and versus UT-Arlington (9/17) her totals included 27 assists, 11 digs and 10 kills. In the league opener (9/23), Larson totaled 22 assists, 18 digs and 12 kills while forcing Rice to five sets. In the victory over UAB (9/25), she recorded a career-high in digs and blocks with 28 and eight, respectively and added 10 kills and three service aces.


The Miners have made their way back into the national rankings in various categories this season. According to the NCAA rankings that were updated on Oct. 18, Sarah Villa is 12th in the nation with 5.23 digs per set.

Lindsey Larson also cracks the national rankings as she is tied for third in the nation for total triple-doubles. Larson has registered a total of five triple-doubles on the season, trailing the top spot by only two.

Sophomore Maddie Morgan had an outstanding performance in a 3-1 victory over South Dakota State (9/3) in the preseason. She notched a .700 clip on 14 kills and is tied for the 13th spot for hitting percentage in a single match.

Television Packages Announced For Conference USA

IRVING, Texas – Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod announced today that the conference has reached a new multi-year agreement for a comprehensive national television package with four leading outlets; ESPN, CBS Sports Network, the American Sports Network (ASN) and beIN SPORTS.

“We explored a number of traditional, digital and additional outlets during the negotiation process,” MacLeod said. “Our interests are aligned and we are very excited about the potential of these partnerships. All parties will reap the benefits of these agreements.”

An ESPN network will televise its 12th consecutive C-USA Football Championship game in 2016 and 2017. Additionally, ESPN will provide season-long coverage of the league, airing five regular-season football games this season and in 2017 across its networks.

CBS Sports Network will continue to provide a variety of marquee Conference USA events, airing the 2017 C-USA Men’s Basketball Championship title game for the first time, as well as the Women’s Basketball Championship game. In addition, CBS Sports Network will carry six football and six men’s basketball contests during the regular-season.

American Sports Network (ASN) returns for its third season as a Conference USA partner. ASN is a division of Sinclair Networks Group, owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country with 173 television stations it owns, operates and/or provides services to in 81 markets, broadcasting 483 channels, including pending transactions.

The terms of the agreement guarantees ASN will showcase a minimum of 15 regular-season football games, 13 regular-season men’s basketball games and two women’s basketball games per season. Furthermore, it has the option to select additional inventory up to 15 football, 42 men’s basketball, three women’s basketball and 10 Olympic sport events and conference championships.

This January, ASN launched a 24/7 channel in nine markets and is currently found within 20 markets.

Conference USA becomes the first collegiate conference to partner with beIN SPORTS, a global leader in sports content distribution and the No. 1 growing Nielsen-rated cable network in the United States above all networks.

With 45 million subscribers, beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español are proud to be the fastest growing independent sports cable network in the business. beIN SPORTS also plans to expand its multiplatform offerings, live programming and studio shows to further cultivate interactivity of fan favorites, in their language of choice, and more fervently reflect their commitment to North American sports fans.

The multi-year deal consists of 10 football games, 10 men’s and 10 women’s basketball games, 12 baseball and 12 softball games, 10 men’s and 10 women’s soccer matches and ten (10) women’s volleyball games.

“We are proud to expand our U.S. coverage and provide our viewers with the best in sports programming,” said Yousef Al-Obaidly, Deputy CEO of beIN Media Group. “Our partnership with Conference USA is a first for our network entering the U.S. college sports arena, reflecting our commitment to American sports fans.”

The complete C-USA football television schedule will be announced next week.

The conference’s footprint spans 10 states with 14 member schools, including campuses that are located within nine of the top 50 media markets in the nation, including four in the top 25.

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