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UTEP Tennis Battles In 6-1 Setback At UT-Arlington

ARLINGTON – Freshman Rine Nozaki tasted victory at No. 5 singles and the UTEP tennis team was competitive in the majority of the matches in a 6-1 setback at undefeated UT-Arlington Friday. The match was delayed several hours due to rain.

“There was great energy today,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “It was very close in the doubles, and we were in all the matches. It was much closer than the (team) score shows. We had chances at No. 1 and No. 3 (singles) that were lost in super tiebreakers. It was great to see the girls fighting so hard. This was a great test today.”

The Mavericks (3-0) claimed the doubles point but the Miners (1-1) made them work for it. At the No. 3 slot UTEP’s Erandi Martinez and Rine Nozaki were clipped, 6-4, by the pairing of Carla Vives and Almudena Boza. It was a similar story at the No. 2 position, with the Miner tandem of Vanessa Valdez and Yvette Van Oijen being edged, 6-4, by Carla Pons and Momoka Horiguchi. With the doubles point decided, the battle at No. 1 doubles between UTEP’s freshmen pairing of Kirsten Prelle and Kathleen Percegona and UTA’s Lucia Natal and Nanaka Takeuchi was halted, 5-5.

Action then switched to singles play, where Nozaki provided a win for the Orange and Blue against Vives. Nozaki won the first set, 7-5, dropped the second set by the identical score and then put things away with a 10-5 result in the super tiebreaker.

Prelle started strong by taking the first set, 6-3, against Horiguchi at No. 1 singles. She was dispatched by the same score in the second set and then came up short in the super tiebreaker, 10-3. A super tiebreaker was also required at No. 3 singles in the match-up between Pons and Martinez. The sophomore fell, 6-2, in the initial set before bouncing back to stake the second set, 6-4. In the super tiebreaker, Martinez was derailed, 10-3.

Valdez locked up with Natal at No. 2 singles. The transfer battled only to lose the first set, 6-4. She went down in the second set, 6-2. Milena Baigorria was saddled with a 6-0, 6-0 setback at the hands of Boza at No. 6 singles.

The Miners will be back in action Saturday, playing at fellow Conference USA foe North Texas (2-2) at 11 a.m. MT/12 p.m. CT.

Singles competition
1. Momoka Horiguchi (UTA) def. Kirsten Prelle (UTEP) 3-6, 6-3, 10-3
2. Lucia Natal (UTA) def. Vanessa Valdez (UTEP) 6-4, 6-2
3. Carla Pons (UTA) def. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-2, 4-6, 10-3
4. Nanaka Takeuchi (UTA) def. Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) 6-3, 6-2
5. Rine Nozaki (UTEP) def. Carla Vives (UTA) 7-5, 5-7, 10-5
6. Almudena Boza (UTA) def. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Kirsten Prelle/Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) vs. Lucia Natal/Nanaka Takeuchi (UTA) no result
2. Carla Pons/Momoka Horiguchi (UTA) def. Vanessa Valdez/Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-4
3. Carla Vives/Almudena Boza (UTA) def. Erandi Martinez/Rine Nozaki (UTEP) 6-4

Match Notes:
UTEP 1-1
UT-Arlington 3-0
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,2,4,1,3,5)

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UTEP Volleyball Takes On UTSA In San Antonio

The UTEP volleyball team will take its 1-1 Conference USA record on the road when it competes in its first away match against UTSA at the Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas on Sunday. First serve against the 1-0 Roadrunners is set for 11 a.m. (MT).

The Miners finished their opening weekend of league play by splitting their matches, first getting a five-set win Friday night against Rice, then dropping in four sets to UAB on Sunday. Macey Austin had a career-day on Friday, knocking down 27 kills for a new career-high kills in a match while freshman Cheyenne Jones added 14 kills of her own for her new collegiate-career high.

Briana Arellano recorded her third double-double, throwing down 12 kills at a .324 clip while also picking up 18 digs. The Miner defense had double-digit dig showings from Niki Cebak (18), Arellano (18), and Ali Vidali (14). UTEP also had a block party Friday night, recording 22 block assists with Kylie Baumgartner leading the way with seven, to stop the Owl offense.

The Blazers would tarnish the Miners’ perfect conference record with their 3-1 win on Sunday. UTEP was still able to get double-digit kills from Austin, who finished the match with 10, while Arellano notched eight of her own.

The UTEP defense worked toward 53 digs, with Cebak tallying 18 and Vidali recording 12, and the Miners teamed up for 18 block assists, with Kylie Baumgartner leading the effort with six block assists and three solo blocks.

Both UTEP and UTSA have similar overall records on the season. UTEP will be vying to get ahead in conference standings and build up its 4-11 record while the Roadrunners will meet with North Texas on Friday prior to meeting with the Miners and look to improve their 3-10 overall record.

Live stats will be available for both matches and Sunday’s match will be live streamed from Memorial Gym.


UTSA Scouting Report
Series: Sunday’s road game will mark the 37th meeting between the Miners and Roadrunners. UTEP holds the all-time series lead 21-17. The two first met on September 29, 1983 in San Antonio, Texas, where the Miners took the 2-0 victory. They met again in Novemeber of that year, where the Miners again earned the 2-0 win. The two last met on October 16, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas, with the Roadrunners edging the Miners 3-2 for the victory.

UTSA is coming off a 3-1 Conference USA road victory over Southern Miss on Sunday to bounce back from its 3-0 loss to No. 6 Texas on Sept. 19. Leading the Roadrunner offense is Brianna McCulloch, who has recorded 218 kills (3.82 per set), and currently ranks fourth on Conference USA’s kills list for the season.

Joining her on the list is Marijeta Runjic, who ranks sixth in conference this season with 195 kills (3.48 per set), and is coming off her career-high kills in a match with 24 against Southern Miss. Helping the offense is Amanda Gonzales, who sits sixth in Conference USA standings in assists with 537, dishing out 9.76 per set. The Roadrunner defense has been paced by Emily Ramirez with 167 digs (3.48 per set) and McCulloch with 131 (2.47 per set).

Stopping UTSA opponent’s offense is Kara Teal and Runjic. Teal has notched 37 total blocks, six of which are solo blocks, while Runjic has tallied 31 total blocks, including two solo blocks.

Behind a loud Memorial Gym crowd of 230, the UTEP women’s volleyball team downed Rice in five sets to begin Conference USA play with a win last Friday. The Miners took set one in a thrilling 28-26 fashion, but the Owls came back to claim set two 25-16. UTEP would get the set three win 25-22 but Rice answered with a 25-19 set four victory to force a fifth a decisive set.

In another down-to-the-wire set, the Miners prevailed to get the 16-14 victory and take the match 3-2. It was the first win over Rice since 2013.

Pacing the Miner offense was Macey Austin, who hammered down a new career-high 27 kills with only ten errors, followed by freshman Cheyenne Jones with 14 kills. Briana Arellano recorded her third double-double, throwing down 12 kills at a .324 clip while also picking up 18 digs. Amanda King dished out 55 assists, and the Miner defense had double-digit showings from Niki Cebak (18), Arellano (18), and Ali Vidali (14). UTEP also had a block party Friday night, recording 22 block assists with Kylie Baumgartner leading the way with seven, to stop the Owl offense.

In total, the Miners totaled 74 kills, 69 assists, six service aces, 66 digs and 22 block assists. The Owls had 67 kills, 63 assists, five service aces, 77 digs, four solo blocks and 16 block assists.

Sophomore sensation Macey Austin again led the Miner offense this past weekend, hammering down a new career-high 27 kills to lead UTEP to a 3-2 win its Conference USA opener against Rice. Austin’s effort against the Owls added to her 43-kill effort through three games, which also included 10 digs and six block assists for a total of 46 points. Austin also had a double-digit kill day, the only Miner to do so, on Sunday against UAB.

Austin notched 10 kills while also picking up five digs for the Miners in their 3-1 loss to the Blazers. The Keller, Texas, native has stayed a steady force for the Miners, leading the team with 179 kills on the season and recording 3.58 kills per set on the weekend. Austin broke into Conference USA overall rankings as well, sitting in 10th place for kills this season with 179 (3.25 per set).

Kylie Baumgartner recorded 13 total blocks, including three solo blocks agaisnt UAB, through the two conference matches this past weekend to lead the Miners. The six-foot junior has 10 solo blocks and 35 block assists on the season, leading the team with 45 total blocks.

Briana Arellano recorded her third double-double, throwing down 12 kills at a .324 clip while also picking up 18 digs against Rice on Friday. The sophomore now has 100 kills and 117 digs on the year. The El Paso native’s last double-double came on Sept. 15 against Portland when she notched 10 kills and a career-high 14 digs.

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