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UTEP Volleyball Falls to LA Tech, 3-1

RUSTON, La. – The UTEP volleyball team was defeated, 3-1 (15-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23), by Louisiana Tech on Friday at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, La.

Freshman standout Macey Austin paced the Miners with a total of 15 kills while hitting at a .312 clip. Lindsey Larson just missed another triple-double with nine kills, 33 assists and 19 digs, while adding three blocks from the net. Arellano finished third on the team with eight kills and also contributed to the defense with 12 digs and a block. Sarah Villa led the team in digs (28) and Tatum Winter led in blocks (4).

In the opening set, UTEP started off with a 2-0 lead before the Lady Techsters tied the match with back-to-back kills. The score was tied six more times early in the frame before LA Tech stormed off with a 23-14 lead. Grzebeniak delivered one more kill but the host responded with two kills to claim a 25-15 set victory and a 1-0 match advantage.

Austin notched the first kill of the second stanza but the teams began going back and forth after each point. The Orange and Blue was able to get ahead, 8-5, before LA Tech’s Angela Papach returned two kills. UTEP led 14-11 before the Lady Techsters went on a 5-0 run to get on top, 16-15, and never looked back. LA Tech went into the intermission with a 2-0 match lead after taking down the Miners, 25-23, in the second set.

The thrilling third period saw 16 tied scores and five lead changes. A timeout as not called until late in the frame as LA Tech took a 21-18 lead. The Lady Techsters would score two more points but the Miners came back to win the stanza, 25-23.

UTEP started off the fourth set at a slow pace as the home team led, 5-1. The Orange and Blue picked up its momentum to tie the set, 11-11, and forced LA Tech to use a timeout. Both teams went point for point before the second timeout was called on the court by head coach Holly Watts as the Miners were trailing by only one point, 20-19. The Miner’s comeback fell short however, as LA Tech won the fourth set, 25-23, and the match, 3-1.

The Miners will be hosting three home matches next weekend. Action will begin on Thursday as the squad will host UT-Rio Grande Valley on Thursday, Florida International on Friday and Florida Atlantic on Sunday. All matches will be played in Memorial Gym.

North Texas downs UTEP Volleyball 0-3

DENTON, Texas – The UTEP volleyball team (4-15, 2-4 C-USA) dropped its match against North Texas (10-11, 4-2 C-USA) in straight sets (25-20, 25-21, 25-11) Friday evening.

The Orange and Blue was led by Lindsey Larson in kills with a total of nine. Macey Austin and Tatum Winter followed with five kills each.

Amanda King topped the UTEP squad with a total of 14 assists, while Larson followed with eight. Larson and Tatum also paced the team with five blocks, respectively.

As a team, UTEP produced 36 digs, 26 kills, 24 assists, six blocks and two service aces.

The first set opened up with a point-for-point battle. The score tied four times before the Mean Green called its first timeout as the Miners led 14-10. UNT returned from the timeout by going off on a 5-2 run to trail by only one and UTEP called a timeout of its own.

Head coach Holly Watts called another timeout after the Mean Green claimed the lead, 21-18. The Orange and Blue was unable to recover from the deficit and the home team took a 1-0 match-lead with a 25-20 win in the frame.

The second period in similar fashion as the score was knotted five times before UTEP called a timeout with UNT leading the way, 13-9. The Miners came within one point later on in the match (22-21) but the Mean Green went into the intermission with a 25-21 set win and a 2-0 advantage in the match.

UNT stormed out of the locker room to take a 11-1 lead early in the third stanza. The Miners scored six more points but called a timeout as UNT continued to lead 19-7. UTEP scored three consecutive points but the Mean Green called a timeout on the court to cut UTEP’s burst of momentum. A 6-1 run on UNT’s part would give the host a 25-11 set victory and a 3-0 match win.

The Orange and Blue will now travel to San Antonio to face UTSA for the second time this season on Sunday at 12 p.m. MT.

UTEP Volleyball signs two standout players for 2016

UTEP volleyball coach Holly Watts announced the signing of Amanda King, a setter from Boyton Beach, Fla. and Macey Austin, an outside hitter from Keller, Texas, to join the squad at the start of the 2016 season.

King comes to UTEP out of Palm Beach State College, where she started at the setter position as a sophomore. The transfer played in all 33 matches for the Panthers in 2014. As a sophomore, she led the team in assists (350) and service aces (41) while adding 217 digs, 167 kills, and 77 blocks. The setter registered nine double-doubles with a career-best 21 assists and 11 digs versus Broward (8/26/14).

King was honored to First Team All-Conference for her outstanding season in 2014.

“Amanda will bring additional experience to our setting position,” said head coach Holly Watts. “She fell in love with El Paso and our campus on her recruiting visit. She is now ready to take on the challenge set before her.”

Austin is an outside hitter from Fort Worth Christian High School.  Massey was named to the District 1-4A All-District First Team from 2013-2014 while earning all-state honorable mention honors in 2013. The Keller, Texas native, was a member of the TAPPS Class 4A All-State first team as well as the TAPPS All-State Academic First Team in 2014.  She concluded her senior season leading the region in kills (739) and service aces (91), while finishing third in digs (397), fourth in hitting percentage (.287) and fifth in blocks (44).

“Macey will have the ability and opportunity to immediately contribute to our offense,” said Watts. “With her fast arm and versatility, she can attack from either side of the net.”

Author: UTEP Athletics

UTEP falls to UTSA in three sets

The UTEP volleyball team fell in three sets (21-25, 20-25, 13-25) to UTSA in Memorial Gym on Sunday.

Talia Jones led the Miners attack with eight kills, two block assists and 4 digs. Junior setter, Lindsey Larson, registered 17 assists while adding 10 digs, three block assists and three kills. Larson has now registered 12 double-doubles in 2015.

UTEP (7-13, 1-5 C-USA) totaled 24 kills, 51 digs, 22 assists and 11 team blocks, but it was not enough as UTSA hammered 50 kills, 59 digs, 48 assists and 10 team blocks to outlast the Miners.

“We blocked and defended well at the very beginning. They made some adjustments and we did not come back with a counter-adjustment so we didn’t do well,” head coach Holly Watts said.

Both teams battled for control of the first frame as the set saw 10 ties and five lead changes. With the score tied at 11, the Roadrunners picked up the pace with a 7-1 run to make it 18-12. The Miners fought back with a 6-2 run of their own making it 20-18, but it was not enough as UTSA closed out the set 25-21.

The Miners stormed out in the second frame with a 7-1 lead forcing UTSA to take its first timeout. The roadrunners responded with a 6-1 run of their own making the score 8-7. Both teams fought point for point but UTSA claimed the second set 25-20 after a 5-0 run.

UTEP got off to a slow start in the third set as UTSA took a 20-7 lead. The Miners were unable to keep up and one last kill by Dajana Boskovic gave the Roadrunners a 25-13 win in the third set.

“We are going to work on the chemistry as we continue to use most of the same people, but with a different mentality,” said Watts.

The Miners will take on Marshall on Friday at 6 p.m. (MT) and Rice on Sunday at 1 p.m. (MT) in Memorial Gym.

Author: UTEP Athletics

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