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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’s Larson Garners Conference USA All-Academic Honors

IRVING, TEXAS– UTEP volleyball’s Lindsey Larson was one of 12 student-athletes named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team, the league announced on Thursday.

This year’s team features four seniors, six juniors and two sophomores including six repeat selections from last season. The all-academic team consists of student-athletes who have earned a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better and are a starter or key reserve on their team.

Larson, LindseyLarson, who maintains a 3.90 GPA in civil engineering, landed a spot on the squad for the second consecutive season. The junior is a regular member on UTEP’s Dean List and appeared in the Commissioner’s Academic Medalist list the last two years.

The setter has also been named to C-USA’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll from 2012- 2014.

On the court, Larson has played in 118 sets and started in all 31 matches. She ranks eighth in C-USA and first on the squad with 1,040 total assists.

The junior paces the team with 32 service aces, is second in digs (362) and blocks (104) while adding 107 kills.



2015 C-USA Volleyball All-Academic Team

Maja Ristic, Florida Atlantic

Lucia Castro, FIU

Jacie McClure, Louisiana Tech

Ally Kiekover, Marshall *

Allie Kellerman, Marshall

Amy Henard, North Texas *

Leah Mikesky, Rice *

Mary Pursell, Southern Miss *

Haley Jared, UAB

Lindsey Larson, UTEP *

Kylie Schott, UTSA

Rachel Engle, WKU *

UTEP Volleyball set to host Marshall, Rice

UTEP volleyball returns to Memorial Gym this week to take on Marshall on Friday at 6 p.m. (MT) and Rice on Sunday at 1 p.m. (MT).

The Miners fell in three sets (21-25, 20-25, 13-25) to UTSA in Memorial Gym on Oct. 11. Talia Jones led the Miners attack with eight kills, two block assists and four 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.

BACK ROW depth

UTEP has had a consistent rotation of senior Ashley Peak and junior Sarah Villa at the starting libero position this season. Villa anchors the Miners’ defense with 3.77 digs per set while adding 32 assists and five service aces. Peak averages 3.72 digs per set, and has also contributed 38 assists and six service aces.

Meanwhile, Lindsey Larson who plays all six rotations, ranks third on the squad with 3.23 digs per set while adding 680 assists and a team-best 17 service aces. Senior Naomi Whitehair has also mixed in with 1.83 digs per set in 64 sets played. Whitehair has recorded eight service aces this season.


Four Miners (Coline Coessens. Ashley Grzebeniak, Lindsey Larson and Dalainee Perry) have registered one or more double-doubles this season. They have accumulated 25 total double-doubles, which is the most since 2009 when the team closed out the season with 27. Larson has registered a team-best 12 double-double performances with a career-best 62 assists and 27 digs in the victory against Brown University (9/11).

Coessens follows with nine total double-doubles, with a season-best 22 kills and 10 digs to lead the Miners to a win against Southeast Missouri State (9/18).  Perry has accumulated three, with a career best against South Alabama (9/5) where she tallied 16 kills and 12 digs. Grzebeniak notched her first career double-double against Middle Tennessee State (9/27), as she hammered 14 kills and 10 digs.


UTEP fans are seeing a whole set of fresh faces at the middle blocker position. The Miners did not return anyone at the position but were able to bring in great talent to fill the void. Redshirt-freshman Kylie Baumgartner has joined the Miners on the court after sitting out the 2014 season.

The squad also welcomed Tatum Winter, a junior who transferred from Scottsdale Community College and true freshman Maddie Morgan from San Rafael, Calif.


In the sixth match of the season, Larson reached a career high in assists with 59 and proceeded to break that a match after that. She posted 62 assists against Brown (9/11) while adding another career-best 27 digs. The junior matched her career-best blocks with seven in a match against Belmont (9/4).


UTEP ranked fourth nationally with 17.66 digs per set and sixth with 1,360 team digs, according to the NCAA stats released Oct. 11. The Miners were also sixth in attacks per set with 38.16 and a total of 2,938.


UTEP entered the 2015 season sporting four athletes that were raised and trained outside of the United States. Canada is the most represented with three players (Lindsey Larson, Ashley Grzebeniak and Niki Cebak) and Belgium follows with one (Coline Coessens).

Three of the international athletes (junior setter Larson, sophomore outside hitter Coessens and freshman outside hitter Grzebeniak) are part of the starting lineup.


UTEP has accumulated 176 total blocks, which equates to a 2.29 blocks per set average, ranking the squad fourth in Conference USA. This is the highest average UTEP has achieved since 2012 when it averaged 2.36 blocks per set. Team leaders Xitlali Herrera and Jean Horton became AVCA Division I All-American honorable mention selections that season.


The young UTEP volleyball squad has made a dramatic turnaround this season, as it has surpassed the win total from last year. The Miners are 7-13 overall, while they finished up the 2014 season at 6-23. The Miner starting lineup includes three newcomers (Ashley Grzebeniak, Maddie Morgan and Kylie Baumgartner), while returning only one starter from the previous season (Lindsey Larson).

The only senior in the lineup is Ashley Peak, who is the starting libero for the first time in her career.

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Series: UTEP volleyball will continue in conference play as it takes on Marshall University on Friday. This will be the 15th meeting between the Miners and the Thundering Herd. The last match between the opponents was last year (10/26/2014), where UTEP pushed Marshall into four sets but ultimately fell 3-1,  (25-16, 25-9, 22-25, 25-18).

In that game, Coline Coessens achieved her seventh double-double of the 2014 season by tallying 12 kills and 11 digs out of a team effort of 52 digs, while Talia Jones registered 10 kills. Lindsey Larson set a full court performance with 32 assists, five digs, and three assisted blocks.


The Thundering Herd (12-8, 3-4 C-USA) has three leading attackers as it comes to match up against the Miners. Cassie Weaver has registered 277 kills (3.55 per set); Taylor Pelton has 228 kills (2.96 per set), followed by Ally Klekover, who also leads the team with a .391 hitting percentage, with 211 kills (2.64 per set).

Defensively, the Herd has three strong leaders to match its offense. Allie Kellerman leads with 372 digs (4.65 per set); Weaver has registered 246 digs (3.15 per set), followed by Kayla Simmons with 142 digs (1.80 per set). Klekover also proves to be strong defensively by recording a total of 49 blocks.


Series: UTEP will be taking on Conference USA opponent Rice for the 39th time when the teams meet on Sunday. Last year the Miners played Rice twice and fell short to the Owls in both match-ups. In their first meeting of the 2014 season (10/03/14), UTEP lost 3-0 despite the 11 kills and 13 digs registered by Coline Coessens.

In the next meeting between the two teams (10/17/14), UTEP fought against the Owls as they opened up the match with a 10-5 lead over the Miners, but fell short 3-0, (25-22, 25-12, 25-18). Coessens set the pace with 15 kills, Lindsey Larson aided the defense with 28 assists, and Sarah Villa led with 13 digs.


The Owls (13-6, 3-2 C-USA) are bringing three offensive leaders as well as several strong defensive players against the Miners. Leah Mikesky paces the team with 269 kills (3.54 per set), Chelsey Harris has 229 kills (3.18 per set), and Noelle Whitlock has 153 kills (2.01 per set).

Portia Okafor leads with a .350 hitting percentage in 75 sets played, while Julianna Dole has registered 407 assists (6.36 per set) in the 64 sets she’s played. Defensively, Whitlock and Mikesky both contribute with 202 digs (2.66 per set) and 196 digs (2.58 per set) respectively, while Okafor leads the team in blocks with a total of 90 (1.20 per set).

Author: UTEP Athletics


North Texas sweeps UTEP Volleyball 3 – 0

The UTEP volleyball team fell to North Texas 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-21) on Friday night in Memorial Gym.

UTEP is now 6-10 overall, and 0-2 in Conference USA as North Texas moves to 10-7 and 2-0 in C-USA.

Sophomore Coline Coessens paced the Miners’ offense with a team-high 12 kills while pitching in nine digs and an assisted block. Junior Lindsey Larson aided the offense with 27 assists while senior Ashley Peak led the team with 11 digs.

North Texas stormed out to a 15-9 lead over UTEP.  Senior Talia Jones hammered in six kills to bring the Miners to a two-point differential at 17-19. However, it would not be enough to stop the Mean Green, as North Texas took the stanza, 25-19.

The Miners picked up their intensity and applied more pressure as the second set had 15 tied scores and five lead changes.  A kill by Coessens tied the set at 21’s but the Mean Green pulled a 4-0 run to close out the set, 25-21.

Much like the second set, the teams fought point-for-point as the score tied eight times. A service error by the Mean Green tied the score at 19’s but a 6-2 run allowed the Mean Green to extend their lead and ultimately claim the set 25-21, and the match 3-0.

North Texas has had amazing year so far and we expected them to come out fired up,” head coach Holly Watts said. “We wanted to come out aggressive ourselves and we were unable to do that even though our hitting percentage ended up better than usual”.

The Miners will continue in action on Sunday as they host Middle Tennessee State at 12:30 p.m. (MT) in Memorial Gym.

Author: UTEP Athletics


UTEP Volleyball loses to Charlotte 3 to 1

Charlotte, N.C. – In its Conference USA opener, UTEP (6-9) fell to Charlotte 3-1 (11-25, 25-22, 26-28, 21-25).

The Miner’s efforts were led by sophomore Coline Coessens who hammered out 13 kills, 14 digs and four blocks. The offense was paced by junior Lindsey Larson with 33 assists while adding 11 digs and five blocks. The defense was led by senior defensive specialist Ashley Peak who tallied 23 digs. Senior Talia Jones contributed 10 kills and two blocks.

“After a long weekend on the road, we still had plenty of chances to put ourselves in position for a win tonight, but it was not to be,” head coach Holly Watts said. “Coline and Lindsey, once again turned in well played double digit performances, both in digs and also in kills/assists-respectively.”

The 49ers took an early lead in the match as they secured the first set 25-11.

Both squads stormed out in the second frame trading point for point. With the score tied at 21-21, the Miners went on a 4-1 run to claim the second set 25-22.

The third set was another tight battle as both teams were looking to take a lead in the match. There were 17 tied scores and seven lead changes in the stanza but Charlotte dominated in extra points and took the set 28-26.

After taking a 2-1 match lead, the 49ers were able to keep the momentum going as they began the fourth frame leading 16-8. UTEP rallied late in the set with an 8-2 run but Charlotte closed out the set 25-21 and the match 3-1 with a kill from Kaylyn Torain.

“We are looking to come back home to work on consistency in our movements so we can continue to compete point for point, and position ourselves for a great Conference USA season,” Watts said.

The Miners will return to Memorial Gym this weekend as they are set to take on North Texas on Friday at 6 p.m. (MT) and Middle Tennessee St. on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (MT).

Author: UTEP Athletics

Miner Volleyball set to start CUSA play today

The UTEP volleyball team kicks off the 2015 Conference USA season on the road early this week. The Miners will face off against Charlotte on Monday at 4 p.m. (MT) in Charlotte N.C.

This past weekend the Orange and Blue went 2-1 at the Bradley Invitational in Peoria, Ill. The Miners beat Southeast Missouri St. in a 3-2 match and Bradley in a 3-0 match.

UTEP’s defense was led by Lindsey Larson while the offense was led by Coline Coessens.

Larson notched 112 assists, 44 digs, 19 kills and nine blocks while Coessens registered 48 kills, 37 digs and seven blocks. Their performance earned these Miners a spot on the Bradley Invitational All-Tournament team.

UTEP is now 6-8 as it enters conference play this week.  For live stats visit:


Series: UTEP has won three of the nine matches against Charlotte.

The last meeting between the two squads was in 2014 when the Orange and Blue fell to the 49ers in a five-set match. At the start of the 2015 season, Charlotte was picked to finish 10th in Conference USA out of 13 squads. The 49ers are now 3-7 heading into conference play.


Leading Charlotte’s offense is Sarah McDonald while the defense is led by Britney Leigh Held and Semen Sen.

McDonald leads the squad in kills with 109 averaging 3.2 per set while adding 63 digs and 11 blocks. Held has registered 352 assists, 19 blocks and 87 digs while Sen has recorded 28 blocks, 91 kills and 87 digs.


UTEP ranks first nationally with 18.95 digs per set and 834 team digs, according to the NCAA stats released Sept. 16. The Miners are also third in team attacks per set (39.66). Individually, Lindsey Larson is 27th with nationally 407 total assists. Coline Coessens is 28th with 439 total attacks while Maddie Morgan is 31st with 47 total blocks.

UTEP’s presence at the net has been felt the first three weeks of the season. The Miners rattled off 27.5 total blocks at the TCU Tournament, 35 at the Bruin Invitational, 33 when co-hosting the Borderland Invitational and 30 at the Bradley Invitational this past weekend. The 130 total blocks equate to a 2.29 blocks per set average, which is the sixth best in Conference USA. This is the highest average it has achieved since 2012 when UTEP averaged 2.36 blocks per set. Team leaders Xitlali Herrera and Jean Horton became AVCA Division I All-American Team honorable mentions that season.


Freshman Kylie Baumgartner and Maddie Morgan rank fifth and eighth in Conference USA, respectively, in blocks per set with 1.12 and 1.05. Junior setter Lindsey Larson is seventh in the league with 9.11 assists per set. As a whole, the Miners lead the conference with 18.81 digs per set and are sixth with 2.30 blocks per set.

The Miners have had two matches where they recorded 100 or more digs during the 2015 season. At the Belmont Bruin Invitational, UTEP notched 104 digs in the five-set victory against South Alabama (9/5). The squad was led by senior defensive specialist Ashley Peak who tallied 31 digs while four more Miners (Coline Coessens, Naomi Whitehair, Lindsey Larsonn, Dalainee Perry) registered 10 or more digs. When co-hosting the Borderland Invitational, UTEP registered 123 digs. Peak led the pack once again with 35 while Larson added 27.


UTEP picked up its first sweep of the 2015 season at the Bradley Invitational this past weekend. The Miners claimed a 3-0 victory over the tournament host, Bradley (9/19). The last time the Orange and Blue notched a 3-0 win was a year ago on the same day (9/19/14) against Nevada at the Denver Invitational.

A member of the 2014 Conference USA All-Freshman Team, Coline Coessens has been doing it all for the Orange and Blue in 2015. The sophomore leads the team with 183 kills, ranks second in assists (27) and fourth in digs (164) and in blocks (32). Coessens has registered seven double-doubles in 2015.


The Miners lead the nation with 18.81 digs per set. If the Miners continue this trend it would be the most since 1991 (19.33). This is the most digs UTEP has averaged since head coach Holly Watts was hired. Under Watts’ helm, in 2013 UTEP averaged 14.6, and in 2014 it averaged 15.2.


UTEP rounded up the Bradley Invitational this past weekend in Peoria, Ill. Lindsey Larson and Coline Coessens were named to the All-Tournament team as they led the Miners to a 2-1 finish. Larson notched 112 assists, 44 digs, 19 kills and nine blocks while Coessens hammered 48 kills, 37 digs and seven blocks.

Author: UTEP Athletics

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