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UTEP Volleyball Edged by Tulsa

DENTON, Texas- The UTEP volleyball team were neck-and-neck with Tulsa in set one, but slipped to the Hurricane 3-0 in their final match at the North Texas Invitational in Denton, Texas, on Saturday.

Freshman Cheyenne Jones led the Miners’ offensive efforts with nine kills, while Macey Austin added six of her own. Briana Arellano and Maddie Morgan hammered down three kills a piece to help the team. The Miners were again led by six-rotation player Amanda King in assists, as she dished out 18 and added five digs and three block assists.

Defensively, sophomore libero Niki Cebak recorded six digs and Arellano put in her own effort with four digs. Cebak also added a service ace. The Miners also totaled eight total team blocks, paced by Morgan and King with three each.

The Orange and blue totaled 23 kills, 21 assists, 22 digs and 8 total team blocks, while the Hurricane notched 35 kills, 34 assists, 31 digs and eight total team blocks in the match.

“We served tougher and more consistently today and we went on a few runs,” UTEP head coach Holly Watts said. “Our serve-receive needs to be better, longer. We had some individuals during short periods of time that were really good and give us a lot of hope for this team and this season. We’ll work out a few little things to make a big difference.”

The Miners began set one with three consecutive attack errors, but a Tulsa service and attack error followed by an Austin kill helped the team even the set at three-all. That began a shootout between the Miners and Hurricane, with each capitalizing on the other’s attack errors before Jones hammered down a kill and King and Mallory Yost teamed up for a block to even the set at 12.

Two consecutive attack errors by Tulsa brought the Miners up 13-12 before the Hurricane’s Maggie Hembree again tied the set at 13. Nine plays continued to bring each team no greater than one point from the other, including four ties, before Tulsa called a timeout after another Austin kill and a block by Yost brought the score to 18-17 in the Miners’ favor.

Coming out of the timeout, King set up Austin for the sophomore’s fourth kill of the set, but Tulsa’s Callie Cook matched that to tie the set at 19. Consecutive Miner kills by Arellano and Jones brought the Orange and Blue up by two, but Tulsa answered back with two of their own to halt a Miner run.

Watts called a timeout to stop the Hurricane momentum, and Jones came out strong with a kill to again tie the match, 23-all. A service error by King, however, would lead to a Tulsa service ace to end set one 25-23.

Set two began just as set one had, with consecutive Miner attack errors before a kill by Jones and a Morgan-Austin block helped the Miners bring the score to 3-2, Tulsa. Attack and service errors would prove destructive for the Miners, however, as Tulsa began to pull away. A valiant comeback effort from the UTEP squad came up short, as the Hurricane took set two 25-15, and the 2-0 match lead.

Controlling the momentum, Tulsa came out firing in set three, blanking the Miners 4-0 before Kylie Baumgartner put a stop to it with a kill, putting her team on the board. UTEP stayed within reach of Tulsa, and Jones teamed up with Baumgartner to block a Hurricane attack and run, leaving the score 18-12 in Tulsa’s favor.

Impressive serves by Cebak, which included a service ace, helped the Miners stay alive at 22-17, but Tulsa called a timeout to slow down the Miner run. The Hurricane then ended the Miner comeback 25-19 to compete the sweep.

UTEP will return to Memorial Gym to prep for Texas Tech in the home opener. The Red Raiders will be in the Sun City on Wednesday, Aug. 30. First serve is set for 6 p.m. MT.

UTEP Volleyball Falls To Montana In Season Opener

DENTON, Texas- After coming out of the gates racing and winning set one, the UTEP volleyball team fell to Montana 3-1 in the season opener at the North Texas Invitational in Denton, Texas on Friday.

Briana Arellano paced the Miners’ offensive efforts, hammering down ten kills while adding six digs and a block. True-freshman Mallory Yost contributed to the effort with nine kills of her own out of 13 total attempts, hitting at a .615 clip. Setter Amanda King dished out 27 assists and registered four kills.

The six-rotation player also added five digs. Defensively, senior libero Dania Orozco led the Orange and Blue with 11 digs.

The Miners totaled 38 kills, 33 assists, 29 digs and 7 total team blocks, compared to Montana’s 55 kill, 46 assist, 25 dig and 8 total team block effort on the match.

Set one began with both teams matching the other’s points, starting with a kill by Yost that was mirrored by the Grizzlies’ Mykaela Hammer. Yost and Hammer had the first two points for their respective teams before another UTEP true freshman, Cheyenne Jones, registered a kill and Montana had an attack error, bringing the score to 4-2.

The Miners kept the Grizzlies stunned at three points while the Miners’ point total climbed to seven, helped by a kill by King from Orozco’s assist.

Montana would climb back into the game, but did not have see their first lead over the Miners until an assist error by King gave the Grizzlies the 13-12 advantage. It would not last for long, however, as Arellano’s kill helped set up a Jones’ service ace. Three-consecutive Miner kills, the first by Macey Austin, followed by Arellano, then Kylie Baumgartner, brought the team up 17-15. UTEP would hold on to that lead to take set one 25-22.

Set two began again with the Miners scoring first with a kill by Yost. The Miners held a 5-2 advantage and controlled the tempo in the set before the Grizzlies began to keep up. Montana then grabbed their first lead of the match after a service error by Orozco, bringing the score to 11-10.

The Orange and Blue would capitalize on three consecutive attack errors by the Grizzlies, beginning with a block assist by Baumgartner and Jones to shake up the opponent, to tie the game at 16-all.  Kills by Baumgartner and King, followed by another attack error by Montana forced the Grizzles to call a timeout to talk things over. That would help freeze the Miner momentum, as Montana regained the lead 21-20.

With the Miners fighting for the 2-0 set advantage and the Grizzlies looking to even up the sets at 1-1, the two teams battled back and forth before the game was tied at 24-24 due to a kill by Montana’s Janna Grimsrud, extending the set. A kill by Yost brought the Miners within a point of winning, but a Grizzly block, then a Montana service error kept the match going at 26-25, UTEP.

Hammer knocked down a kill and an assist error helped Montana to the 27-26 lead, which was then finished at 28-26 after a kill by Montana’s Baily Permann.

That would be the final frame the Miners held control, as a fired-up Montana team took set three 25-13, and set four 25-14.

The Miners, who were a last-minute entry in the North Texas Invitational after Hurricane Harvey forced the cancellation of the I-10 Cardinals Classic, will look to even their record when they face former Western Athletic Conference and Conference USA foe Tulsa. First serve against the Hurricane is set for 10 a.m. at the North Texas Volleyball Center in Denton, Texas.

 

GAME ON! UTEP Volleyball Joins North Texas Invitational, Opens Season This Weekend

 

The UTEP volleyball team will begin its quest to return to the Conference USA Championships when the 2017 season kicks off this weekend in Denton, Texas at the North Texas Invitational.

The team was originally scheduled to play in the I-10 Cardinals Classic, hosted by Incarnate Word, in San Antonio, Texas, but the tournament was cancelled due to the incoming Hurricane Harvey bearing down on the South Texas region.

The team was able to join the Invitational on Friday morning because Prairie View A&M withdrew from the tournament due to Hurricane Harvey. The Miners will meet with Montana at 6 p.m. (MT) on Friday, followed by a Saturday show-down with longtime former Western Athletic Conference and Conference USA foe Tulsa. First serve against the Hurricane is set for 10 a.m. (MT).

“We’re so thankful to North Texas for including us in their tournament,” UTEP head coach Holly Watts said. “We’re excited to get on the court.”

Both matches will be played at the North Texas Volleyball Center.   Live Stats

MONTANA SCOUTING REPORT
Series: Montana is 2-0 all-time against UTEP, but the meetings came in 1983 and in 2003. In 2003 the Grizzlies topped the Miners, 3-1, in a neutral-site match-up (9/12/03) as part of the UMKC Kangaroo Classic.

GRIZZLIES NOTABLES
Montana brought back five starters and eight letter winners overall from last year’s squad that forged a record of 5-21, including 2-14 to tie for 10th place in the Big Sky Conference. The Grizzlies are under the direction of first-year head coach Allison Lawrence, who is in her eighth overall year on the staff.

Junior OH Alexis Urbach is the top attacker back (231 kills) but Sophomore OH Missy Huddleston (195), junior Cassie Laramee (154) and Mykaela Hammer (143) also had 140+ kills in 2016. Sophomore S Ashely Watkins is the leading returnee for both assists (382) and digs (174).

TULSA SCOUTING REPORT
Series: The longtime former WAC and C-USA rivals will be locking up for the first time since 2013 when Tulsa edged UTEP, 3-2, in El Paso (11/15/13). The Miners hold a 28-24 advantage in the series, which dates to 1983, including a 101-92 cushion in games played.

GOLDEN HURRICANE NOTABLES
Tulsa is under the direction of fourth-year head coach and alum Ryan Wills, who returned two starters and seven letter winners overall from last year’s squad that forged an overall record of 19-13. The Golden Hurricane finished 8-12 in American Athletic Conference action to secure seventh place in the league. Junior OH/MB Rachel Moore paced the squad in blocks in 2016, including the fifth-highest single-season block assist total (103) in program history.

Junior OH Emily Thorson is the top attacker back; she finished at 1.65 kills per set last season to pace all returners. Thorson will be counted on to help replace Erica Bohannon, who was a three-time first-team all-conference honoree. Also back is sophomore S Mariah Pardo, who was second on the squad with 561 assists.

Fellow classmate DS/L placed fourth on the team with 289 digs in 2016, including 12 matches with at least 10.

EXPERIENCED TEAM RETURNS

Nine of the 13 players on UTEP’s roster are returning players, while the Miners add four freshmen to the mix. There is a level of competitive depth to this program, thanks in large part to smart and consistent recruiting.

ANALYZING THE DEPTH

Outside Hitters

UTEP has the most depth in the outside position with a total of five outside hitters. Junior Ashley Grzebeniak is the only returning upperclassman, bringing two years of experience and coming off a 148-kill season.

The Miners will also be loaded with sophomores Macey Austin, who was named to the 2016 Conference USA All-Freshman, and El Paso native Briana Arellano. In 2016, Austin started in 21 of 30 matches and led the team in kills (280) while Arellano saw action in 29 matches, starting in 14 contests.

Also returning is sophomore Ali Vidali, who has one year of experience and is continuing to develop as a player after appearing in 49 sets. Joining the group will be freshman Cheyenne Jones. The 6-foot-1 Missoula, Montana native brings tremendous size and power and is anticipated to make an immediate impact to the team.

Middle Blockers

At the middle blocker position, the Miners return juniors Kylie Baumgartner and Maddie Morgan and add freshman Mallory Yost.

Baumgartner brings two years of experience and once again led the Miners in blocks with 111 total (18s/93a) in 2016. Morgan also has two years under her belt, knocking down 102 kills and tallying 30 total blocks last season.

Yost adds size to the position at 6-foot-1 and should see plenty of playing time as the Miners work to develop her to the collegiate-level pace. She finished her high school career with 816 kills at a .377 hitting efficiency, 182 digs, 151 blocks (56s/95a), 11 assists and nine service aces.

Setters

Senior Amanda King will fill the void left with Lindsey Larson’s departure. The senior, who transferred to UTEP last season from Palm Beach State, made 25 starts in 30 matches and dished out 371 assists at a 3.28 average assists per set. As a six-rotation player, King also registered 192 digs, 18 kills, 14 service aces and 32 points.

Joining King will be freshman Sahara Martinez. The newcomer from La Verne, Calif., totaled 1,987 assists throughout her high school career and will help King in the rotation. 

Defensive Specialists

On defense, UTEP returns sophomore Niki Cebak, who brings one year of experience after taking the court for 29 matches with 10 starting appearances. Cebak registered 150 digs in 2016 and will be joined by senior Dania Orozco.

The El Paso native transferred to UTEP last season from New Mexico Military Institute and saw action in 23 matches, accumulating 50 digs. Freshman newcomer Abby Adams will join the group. The trio will work to fill Sarah Villa’s spot, who, as the starting libero in 2016, recorded 553 digs at 4.89 digs per set to lead Conference USA. 

2016 SEASON QUICK RECAP

The 2016 season was a year of growth for a young Miner squad. The team clinched its first Conference USA Championships bid in two years thanks to a four-game winning streak that ran from Oct. 30 to Nov. 6.

The Miners grabbed the eighth seed in the championships, but ultimately fell to eventual 2016 Conference USA Champion WKU in three sets. The Miners ended the season with a 8-22 overall, 5-9 conference record.

The season did not go with accolades, however, as seniors Lindsey Larson and Sarah Villa were named to the C-USA Second Team and Macey Austin was named to the All-Freshman team. Larson was also honored for her outstanding work in the classroom, being named to the C-USA All-Academic Team.

SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN 

The UTEP volleyball team will look to build on the 2016 season when its 29-match schedule begins on Aug. 25. Thirteen home matches, including two home tournaments, will take place in Memorial Gym this fall.

UTEP will open the year with 14 non-conference matches, including Texas Tech and New Mexico, before Conference USA play begins September 22 and will have the goal of returning to the Conference USA Championships come November.

UTEP fans will get their first look at the team, which returns 2016 Conference USA All-Freshman Team selection Macey Austin, Kylie Baumgartner, and El Paso’s own Briana Arellano, on Aug. 30 against Big 12’s Texas Tech in the historic Memorial Gym. The team will then host back-to-back tournaments, the Glory Road Invitational (Sept. 1-2) and the Borderland Invitational (Sept. 8-10). 

The Glory Road Invitational will bring New Mexico, Youngstown State and North Dakota to the Sun City and the Borderland Invitational will feature Samford, Delaware State and Abilene Christian.

The Interstate-10 rivalry match against NM State will go down in Las Cruces on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. and the Miners will kick start Conference USA play three days later with a two-game home stand beginning on Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. against Rice in Memorial Gym and closing out with a Sunday match up against UAB at noon. Fans will then get to catch the team again at home Oct. 13 and 15 when they meet up with North Texas and UTSA at 6 p.m. and noon, respectively.

The team will return two weeks later to host LA Tech (Oct. 27) and Middle Tennessee (Oct. 29) to close out the month. The last home match will be against Marshall on Nov. 8 at 6 p.m.

HITTING THE BOOKS

UTEP proved they were hitting the books as hard as the volleyballs when they were announced as a recipient of the 2016-17 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award in July. The award honors teams who have matched their dedication to the sport of volleyball with excellence in the classroom.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. The AVCA Team Academic Award, celebrating its 25th year, is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored.

Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but two, while amassing a 532 team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award’s inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 822.

CONFERENCE HONORS

Three Miners were recognized by Conference USA for their efforts during the 2016 campaign. Lindsey Larson and Sarah Villa, both seniors last season, were named to the C-USA Second Team while Macey Austin earned a spot on the C-USA All-Freshman Team. Larson concluded her collegiate career as UTEP’s  all-time leader in assists (2,677), service aces (71), total blocks (317) and block assists (292) while ranking second on the list in assists per set (6.17).

Larson was also honored for her outstanding dedication in the classroom after being named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team for the third time.

She sported a 3.93 GPA in civil engineering and was a regular member to UTEP’s Dean List and the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medalist list. Larson started in all 82 sets and is the only one in the league to notch a triple-double in 2016. Larson has registered a total of five triple-doubles on the season and 15 total double-doubles, the second-most in C-USA. Villa made her way to the list after denting the school record books for digs (1,369) and digs per set (3.71).

Villa also holds the conference record for most digs in a match with 45. After a breakout year, Austin was named to the All-Freshman team and led the Miners in kills (280) and kills per set (2.64). With three years of collegiate eligibility left, Austin already ranks 10th on UTEP’s all-time kills list and fifth for kills per set. Austin will be anticipated to lead the Miners on the front court.

STUDENTS FIRST

Though 11 of 12 players were named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll, three secured C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medals for maintaining a GPA of 3.75 or greater. Lindsey Larson, Macey Austin and Briana Arellano received the medal, Larson for the third time and Austin and Arellano for the first. 

Larson was also named to the C-USA All-Academic team. The three were also starters for the Miners.

EL PASO’S VERY OWN

The 2017 roster features two players from El Paso—defensive specialist Dania Orozco and outside hitter Briana Arellano. Orozco is a 2014 Americas High School graduate and joined the team last season after transferring from New Mexico Military Institute, where she played for two years.

The senior tallied 50 total digs last season and added a service ace and an assist. Arellano is a 2016 graduate from Canutillo High School and found immediate success as a freshman on the UTEP squad, knocking down 95 kills and picking up 220 digs, making her the leading defensive returner for the Miners. 

AUSTIN’S POWER 

After a breakout rookie year, sophomore Macey Austin will be anticipated to continue her dominance at the net. Austin led the team in kills (280) and racked up 2.64 kills per set in 106 sets played as a freshman last season.

She also registered double-digit kills in 14 matches including a season-best 18 kills twice. For her efforts, Austin was named to the 2016 Conference USA All-Freshman Team. The six-foot Keller, Texas native ranks 10th on UTEP’s all-time list for kills. 

RETURN TO THE ‘SHIP

The Miners earned a spot at the Conference USA Championships for the first time in two years last season, a feat they look to repeat in 2017. The team earned the eighth and final spot for the tournament, which paired them with top-seeded and eventual champion WKU, who swept the Miners.

A year of experience later, however, the team now knows what it takes to make the tournament and what to expect. The Orange and Blue will return nine letterwinners from last year’s championship-bid team, including seven who saw action at the tournament. 

FILLING THE VOID 

Three key players, Lindsey Larson, Sarah Villa and Tatum Winter, were lost due to graduation. The Miners will now reload this year to fill the void. Senior Amanda King, who transferred to UTEP last season, will take over Larson’s setter position. King dished out 371 assists in 113 sets and added 18 kills and will look to add more in her leadship role.

Niki Cebak and Dania Orozco will be in line to fill the libero spot left from Villa. Cebak played in 96 sets and picked up 150 digs, while Orozco played in 41 sets and tallied 50 digs. Abby Adams, a freshman, will also be in the runnings. Winter, a middle blocker, got help from juniors Kylie Baumgartner and Maddie Morgan.

Baumgartner led the team in blocks for the second straight year with 111 (18s/93a) and Morgan added 30 to the mix. The pair will be joined by Mallory Yost, who comes to UTEP after recording 151 blocks during her high school career. 

UTEP Volleyball Takes Down Western New Mexico in Exhibition

The UTEP volleyball team made their debut on Saturday, beating Western New Mexico 4-1 in an exhibition match that the two programs decided to take to five sets. 

The Miners edged the Mustangs in the first set 25-23 and took the second set 25-20 behind a strong hitting performance from Macey Austin and newcomers Cheyenne Jones and Mallory Yost. The Mustangs avenged the losses by taking set three 27-25, but the Miners bounced back with their strongest hitting percentage of the match (.375), to dominate set four 25-16.

Jones led the Miners in kills during the set, hammering down six in her seven attempts and Niki Cebak kept the UTEP defense in check with eight digs.

UTEP head coach Holly Watts and Western New Mexico head coach Jim Callender agreed to play one more set, which the Miners took 15-11.

“Our ball control and our ball handling was actually pretty good a lot of the match,” Watts said. “We just had a couple little runs there in the third set that ended up giving them a chance to win that one. We had a little bit of a lull in energy in the fourth and the fifth sets, but we were able to come back with a run of our own and push through to win.”

The Miners will now prep for the I-10 Cardinals Classic, hosted by Incarnate Word, Aug. 25-26. First serve against Tulane is 9 a.m. on Aug. 25 in San Antonio, Texas.

UTEP Volleyball Sets Exhibition Match For Saturday

The UTEP women’s volleyball team is set to take on Western New Mexico in an exhibition match on Saturday to prep for the 2017 campaign.

First serve against the Mustangs is 1 p.m. The match is free and open to the public.

This will be the first opportunity for fans to get a look at the 2017 team, which features 2016 Conference USA All-Freshman Team selection Macey Austin, junior Kylie Baumgartner, senior Amanda King and El Paso native Briana Arellano.

Austin hammered a team-leading 280 kills as a true freshman in 2016 and Baumgartner paced the squad with 111 total blocks as a middle blocker. King will be at the helm of the setter position and is anticipated to build on her 371 assists registered in 2016.

Arellano, a 2016 Canutillo High School graduate, will return as an outside hitter, but is also skilled defensively, tallying 220 digs as a true freshman.

The Miners will start the regular season Aug. 25 against Tulane at the I-10 Cardinals Classic, hosted by Incarnate Word.

UTEP Volleyball Earns Prestigious AVCA Team Academic Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The UTEP volleyball team was announced on Monday as a recipient of the 2016-17 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award.

The award honors teams who have matched their dedication to the sport of volleyball with excellence in the classroom.

“We have an incredible group of young ladies, both on and off the court,” UTEP head coach Holly Watts said. “I couldn’t be prouder of their classroom success. This group is establishing a new set of standards.”

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

The AVCA Team Academic Award, celebrating its 25th year, is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but two, while amassing a 532 team increase over the span of the last decade.

Since the award’s inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 822.

UTEP will open the 2017 campaign with a trio of matches in San Antonio, Texas, at the I-10 Cardinals Classic. The Miners will take on Tulane on Aug. 25 (9 a.m. MT), followed by a contest against Louisiana-Lafayette the same day (2 p.m.).

The Orange and Blue will then conclude the weekend by taking on host school Incarnate Word on Aug. 26 (10 a.m.).

The home portion of the schedule will commence against Texas Tech on Aug. 30 (6 p.m.) in Memorial Gym, followed by the Glory Road Invitational (Sept. 1-2). The Miners will host New Mexico on Sept. 1 (7:30 p.m.) and will play a doubleheader on Sept. 2 against Youngstown State (1 p.m.) and North Dakota (7:30 p.m.).

Deadline Approaching For UTEP Volleyball Summer Camp Registration

The deadline to register for one of several 2017 UTEP Volleyball Summer Camps is just around the corner.
Interested players will have until 11:30 p.m. on May 31 to do so and registration can be done through the website.  The camp is open to youth in grades 3-12 as well as college-age students. Prices for each camp range from $90.10 to $159.00.
The first schedule of camps will begin June 7 and the second slate will start July 11, with morning and evening options available.

The 2017 UTEP Volleyball Summer Camp will be adding a new overnight position camp as well as four different beach volleyball camps. The UTEP Student Recreation Center will host the beach camps and the position camp will take place at Memorial Gym and Miner Village. Incoming, current, and former UTEP volleyball athletes and staff will be on hand assisting and coaching during the camp.

Beach volleyball was added by the NCAA at the collegiate level in 2012 as a result of the sport’s growing popularity. At the beach volleyball camp, participants will learn all aspects of the game and help become a more well-rounded player.

UTEP volleyball assistant coach Paty Figueiredo and her staff will conduct the camp geared toward individual instruction and overall competition.

The indoor volleyball camps will look to improve participants’ volleyball skills by teaching and building fundamentals, using drills, and playing games that allow players to learn and strengthen their volleyball skills. Campers will receive both group and one-on-one attention.

A full list of the camp schedule, as well as prices, are below.

2017 UTEP Volleyball Summer Camp

Registration link: https://camps.jumpforward.com/minersvbcamp

Registration deadline: 11:30 p.m. on May 31, 2017

 *The camps are open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender)

Miners Beach Volleyball Camp AM – Grades 8-College

Camp Location

UTEP Student Recreation Center

Camp Date

June 07 – June 10
7:00 AM – 9:30 AM MT

Camp Price(s)
$116.60

 Lil Miners Indoor Volleyball Camp – Grades 6-12

Camp Location

Memorial Gym

Camp Date
June 07 – June 09
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM MT

Camp Price(s)
$90.10


Miners Indoor Volleyball Camp – Grades 6-12

Camp Location

UTEP Memorial Gym

Camp Date
June 07 – June 09
10:00 AM – 05:00 PM MST

Camp Price(s)
$143.10

Miners Beach Volleyball Camp PM – Grades 8-College

Camp Location
UTEP Student Recreation Center

Camp Date
June 7 – June 10
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM MT

Camp Price(s)
$116.60

 

Miners Position Camp – Grades 7-12

Camp Location

UTEP Memorial Gym

Camp Date
July 11 – July 12
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM MT

Camp Price(s)
$127.20 – $159.00

 

Miners Beach Volleyball Camp AM – Grades 8-College

Camp Location
UTEP Student Recreation Center

Camp Date
July 12 – July 15
7:00 AM – 9:30 AM MT

Camp Price(s)
$116.60

Miners beach volleyball camp PM – Grades 8-College

Camp Location
UTEP Student Recreation Center

Camp Date
July 12 – July 15
07:00 PM – 09:30 PM MST

Camp Price(s)
$116.60

 

Lil Miners Indoor Volleyball Camp Grades 3-6
Camp Location
Memorial Gym

Camp Date
July 13 – July 15
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM MT

Camp Price(s)
$90.10

 

Miners Indoor Volleyball Camp – Grades 6-12
Camp Location
UTEP Memorial Gym

Camp Date
July 13 – July 14
10:00 AM – 05:00 PM MT

Camp Price(s)
$106.00

Thirty-Five UTEP Student-Athletes to Graduate on Saturday

Thirty-five past and present UTEP student-athletes will receive their diplomas at spring commencement on Saturday (May 13) in the Don Haskins Center.

The list includes 13 representatives from the football program, five from soccer, three from women’s basketball, three from men’s track and field, two from men’s basketball, two from rifle, two from softball, two from volleyball, and one each from men’s golf, women’s golf and women’s track and field.

Of the 35 graduates, 25 have earned placement on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 grade point average) during their careers, and seven have been recipients of C-USA Academic Medals (minimum 3.75 GPA).

Spring 2017 UTEP Graduating Student-Athletes

Brittney Adams (Women’s Track & Field)

Has been a part of two C-USA Indoor Championship teams … member of the distance medley unit that won back-to-back conference titles …  Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Dominic Artis (Men’s Basketball)

Second Team All-Conference USA in 2017 … first player in school history to lead the team in rebounding, assists and steals … one of only four players in Conference USA history to tally 400 points, 150 rebounds, 150 assists and 50 steals in a season … ranks fifth in school history in assists including 187 in 2016-17, third-most in the UTEP record book … member of the 2016 C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Alexa Bain (Soccer)

Four-year starter on defense who helped UTEP post a record of 48-25-11 … started 64 of 76 games played, earning more than 5,000 minutes on the pitch … efforts aided the Miners in notching 33 shutouts for her career, including a single-season school-record tying 11 in 2016 … four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Marketing major.

 

Bri Barreiro (Soccer)

Recorded 10 goals and 10 assists for 30 points while playing more than 5,000 minutes in her career … started 69 of 76 games played, including all 22 as a senior … helped UTEP post a combined record of 48-25-11 during her four years … two-time C-USA Women’s Soccer All-Academic Team member … four-time recipient of a Conference USA Academic Medal and four-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … management major.

 

Tyler Batson (Football)

Three-year letterwinner … saw action in 36 games as a wide receiver … led the team in yards per reception (22.8) in 2016 … during junior season, caught 21 passes for 365 yards with three touchdowns and a team-leading 18.8 yards per catch … posted a career-best 143 yards and a pair of scores, including a career-long 76-yard touchdown, during a win over Florida Atlantic in 2015 … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Cosmas Boit (Men’s Track & Field)

Four-time All-Conference USA and 2016 All-Region honoree … member of the 2014 C-USA Indoor Championship team … two-time C-USA Cross Country Championship team member … Member of the 2016 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Criminal Justice major.

 

Cedric Click (Football)

Played in 48 games for the Miners …  tallied a total of 30 tackles, five pass breakups and one fumble recovery … as a sophomore posted 92 yards on five kickoff returns and a career-long return of 30 yards versus San Diego State … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Aleah Davis (Soccer)

Garnered All-League and All-Region accolades in all four years, making her the first Miner to achieve the feat … started every game (82) of her career … ranked tied for third at UTEP for game-winning goals (10) and tied for eighth in assists (17) … compiled more than 100 community service hours in her career … voted to the 2016 NSCAA Senior women’s College Scholar All-America team and the C-USA Women’s Soccer All-Academic team … recipient of the 2017 “Golden Miner Award” … four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … kinesiology major.

 

Frederik Dreier (Men’s Golf)

Two-time Conference USA Golfer of the Year (2015-16, 2016-17), only the third player in C-USA history to garner the award in back-to-back years … has played in 46 tournaments for the Miners, compiling a 72.3 scoring average … led the Miners to their first conference title in 32 years this season … four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Marketing major.

Derek Elmendorff (Football)

All-Conference USA Freshman Team member in 2014 … has played in 33 games, making 29 starts at right guard … part of an offensive line that led Conference USA in fewest sacks allowed in back-to-back seasons … efforts helped the Miners average 185.5 rushing yards per game and score 20 rushing touchdowns last season … has one year of eligibility remaining in 2017 … Criminal Justice major.

 

Jake Flaggert (Men’s Basketball)

Has played in 93 games for the Miners, making 31 starts last season … led Conference USA in charges drawn for the second straight year in 2016-17 and has 57 in his career … has one year of eligibility remaining in 2017-18 … two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Marketing major.

 

Taylor Grohmann (Softball)

Won nine games during her career on the mound for UTEP, including a victory on Senior Day May 7 …  registered her first career hit on Senior Day and scored a run … posted a 5-3 record in 2016, helping lead the Miners to the Conference USA Tournament … Kinesiology major.

Amber Herrera (Women’s Golf)

Played in 29 tournaments for the Miners … top finish was a tie for fourth place at the New Mexico dual match in February of 2015 … former president of UTEP’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee … two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Interdisciplinary Studies/Education major.

 

Carnell Horn (Men’s Track & Field)

Member of the 2013 C-USA Outdoor Championship team … member of the 4x400m relay that qualified to the 2014 and 2015 NCAA West Regional Preliminary … recipient of a Conference USA Academic Medal in 2013 and three-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Biological Sciences major.

 

Alvin Jones (Football)

Second team All-Conference USA in 2017 … has 241 tackles with a year of eligibility remaining in 2017 … led the team in tackles in back-to-back seasons, notching 93 in both 2015 and 2016 … has 10.5 career sacks and 29.5 career tackles for losses … registered career-high 16 tackles in a pair of games … Communication major.

 

Lawna Kennedy (Women’s Basketball)

Junior college transfer who helped UTEP win the 2016 C-USA regular-season championship and make a run to the quarterfinals of the WNIT … played in 60 career games, including 36 starts, while earning 14.8 minutes/game … scored more than 250 points and grabbed better than 175 rebounds … health promotion major.

 

Jessica Kinder (Rifle)

Four-year team member who had career averages of 555 in smallbore and 582 in air rifle … recorded the second-best air rifle average (586) on the team in 2016-17 … fired a 592 in air rifle to tie for the ninth-best in program history at the 2017 Patriot Rifle League Championships … recipient of a Conference USA Academic Medal in 2015 and four-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … kinesiology major.

 

Anthony Kyles (Football)

Played in 20 games, making five starts at right guard … part of offensive line that led Conference USA in fewest sacks allowed for back-to-back seasons … efforts helped the Miners average 185.5 rushing yards per game and score 20 rushing touchdowns last season … Member of the 2015 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Lindsey Larson (Volleyball)

Has played in 118 matches and 434 sets for the Miners … led the team in assists (642) and service aces (24) as a senior while finishing her career with 2,677 assists, 71 service aces and 317 blocks … named second team All-Conference USA in 2016 … four-time recipient of a Conference USA Academic Medal and five-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Civil Engineering major.

 

Mack Leftwich (Football)

Was the starting quarterback in 11 games for the Miners … as a sophomore, led UTEP in passing yards (1,228), touchdown passes (nine), completions (105), attempts (192) and passing efficiency (120.8) … threw for 231 yards with a pair of scores during a victory over Rice in 2015 … four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Nicole Lindsay (Soccer)

Played in 81 games, including 55 starts, while securing more than 4,700 minutes of playing time … helped the Miners forge a record of 48-25-11 during her four years … played all over the pitch, contributing two goals and seven assists for 13 points … two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … marketing major.

 

Sky Logan (Football)

Has played in 22 games, making 12 starts at the defensive end position … registered a total of 63 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, one fumble recovery, four pass breakups and one forced fumble … has one year of eligibility remaining this fall … two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Jay Mattox (Football)

Four-year starter that played in all 49 games for the Miners … finished his collegiate career tied for first in program history with 137 PATs … also rates no. 2 among kickers with 257 points, and no. 3 with 40 field goals made … concluded his senior campaign ranked second on the team in points (54) and finished 39-of-40 on PATs … member of the 2014 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Communication major.

 

Lulu McKinney (Women’s Basketball)

Graduating in just three years and has one season of eligibility remaining … helped UTEP win the 2016 C-USA regular-season championship and advance to the WNIT quarterfinals … has played in 92 games with 45 starts … already ranks sixth all-time at UTEP for three-pointers made (107)… two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Communication major.

 

Sterling Napier (Football)

Has played in 36 games for the Miners … was utilized in multiple blocking schemes last season, helping the team average 185.5 rushing yards with 20 rushing touchdowns … hauled in his first career touchdown last year versus Florida Atlantic … coming back for his senior season in 2017 … member of the 2015 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Criminal Justice major.

 

Hannah Nicholson (Soccer)

Two-year letterwinner for the Miners before her career was derailed by injuries … in 2014 contributed one goal and five assists for seven points … four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Mechanical Engineering major.

 

Danielle Pearson (Softball)

Ranks second on UTEP’s all-time wins list … hurled over 490 innings and recorded over 200 strikeouts for the Orange and Blue … also collected over 80 hits during her career, while showing power at the plate with three home runs and 45 RBI … Member of the 2016 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Organizational & Corporate Communication major.

 

Erik Ramirez (Football)

Saw the field in the Miners’ 52-24 victory over North Texas last season … also played in two games as a freshman … has one year of eligibility remaining in 2017 … recipient of a Conference USA Academic Medal in 2014 and four-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Chemistry major.

 

Kevin Rincon (Men’s Track & Field)

Has ranked among the top-10 in the javelin at the C-USA meets … helped the Miners to a second-place finish at the 2015 C-USA Outdoor Championships …. five-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Kinesiology major.

 

Brendan Royal (Football)

Played one season for the Miners, seeing action in all 12 games in 2016 … recorded 33 tackles, 1.5 tackles for losses, an interception and three pass breakups … opened the campaign with three pass breakups, tied for third-most in a game in program history, during a victory over rival NM State … recipient of a Conference USA Academic Medal in 2016 and two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Monthserrat Serna (Rifle)

Four-year competitor who had a career average of 531 in smallbore and 556 in air rifle … set a career-high in air rifle (569) at the 2016 NCAA Qualifier …three-time recipient of a Conference USA Academic Medal and four-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Biological Sciences major.

Sparkle Taylor (Women’s Basketball)

Prolific scorer who finished second all-time at UTEP in field goals made (530) and third in points (1,352) … also tied for sixth in free throws made (272) … 2017 All-Conference USA second team honoree and 2016 C-USA Sixth Player of the Year … helped UTEP win the 2016 C-USA regular-season championship … member of the 2017 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Criminal Justice major.

 

Nick Usher (Football)

A three-year starter who saw the field in 49 games … last season he started all 12 contests and led the team in tackles for losses (8.0), sacks (5.5) and quarterback hurries (five) … rated third on the team with 77 tackles and added two pass breakups and a blocked kick … finished career tied for no. 10 in school history with 12 sacks … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Adrian Ward (Football)

Played two seasons for the Miners, starting in 22 games after transferring from Chabot College … earned 2004 All-WAC first team honors after tallying 59 tackles, 12 pass break-ups and five interceptions … led the Miners to eight wins and the Houston Bowl … registered a total of 98 tackles, 18 deflections and eight picks at UTEP … was chosen in the seventh round of the NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Naomi Whitehair (Volleyball)

Played in 260 sets over 87 matches in three years as a Miner … tallied 415 digs in her career … notched a career-high 16 digs against South Alabama as a senior … Health Promotion major.

UTEP Volleyball Announces 2017 Slate

The UTEP volleyball team announced its tentative 2017 fall schedule. Thirteen home matches, including two home tournaments, will take place in Memorial Gym this fall. UTEP will open the year with 14 non-conference matches, including Texas Tech and New Mexico, before Conference USA play begins September 22.

“There’s a couple teams we saw last year,” head coach Holly Watts said. “We played at North Dakota and we played against Samford and to have them play here at our home court will be nice. They were both tough matches last year, but tough matches that we played well.”

The fall schedule kicks off August 25-26 in a rotating tournament in San Antonio, Texas, when the Miners take on Lafayette, Tulane, and UIW. The Miners will return home on Aug. 30 to take on Big 12’s Texas Tech in Memorial Gym.

The Miners will also host two tournaments in as many weeks, beginning with the Glory Road Invitational, which will bring New Mexico, Youngstown, and North Dakota, Sept. 1-2 and ending with the Borderland Invitational featuring Samford, Delaware State, and Abilene Christian Sept. 8-10.

“It’ll be great to have two tournaments, two weekends back to back right here at home,” Watts said. “It’ll give our fans something to watch early in the season so they’ll be excited to come back and watch more as the season goes on.”

A trip to Portland, Oregon, for the Portland Tournament Sept. 15-16 will round out tournament play for the Miners before the Interstate 10 rivalry match against NM State Sept. 19 in Las Cruses, N.M.

Conference USA play will begin with a two game home stand beginning with a Sept. 22 meeting with Rice and ending with a Sept. 24 match against UAB.

The Miners will then hit the road Oct. 1-8 for three matches against UTSA, Charlotte, and Southern Miss.

“That’s probably our toughest road trip in terms of logistics and getting to those campuses,” Watts said of the October weekend. “I’m glad that’s early in the season as far as the conference play goes, but really, we flip back and forth every weekend except for that stretch of three matches. We don’t have a game on the Friday before that Sunday away so I think its going to work out.”

The team will play host to North Texas Oct. 13 and have a rematch with UTSA at Memorial Gym that Sunday. The Miners will go to Bowling Green, KY, to face WKU, then meet with Rice again in Houston.

LA Tech and Middle Tennessee will battle the Miners Oct. 27 and 29, respectively, at Memorial Gym before the Orange and Blue make a trip to Florida to face FIU and FAU. Conference USA play will end with Marshall on Nov. 8 in Memorial Gym.

The Miners will face New Mexico in a non-conference matchup in Albuquerque before the Conference USA Tournament hosted by WKU beginning Nov. 17.

“We are playing some teams that have been to the NCAA Tournament recently so theres a level of teams that would be good wins,” Watts said. “At the same time, there’s some opportunities to win quite a few matches, so hopefully we’ll take care of business and get some wins.”

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Watts Announces the Addition of Abby Adams for 2017

UTEP Volleyball’s head coach Holly Watts announced the addition of Abby Adams for the 2017-18 campaign on Tuesday.

“I chose UTEP because of the competitive Biology academic program, and the Pre-Dentistry curriculum,” Adams said. “I am excited about all the courses they have to offer. UTEP is a beautiful campus, and a university full of tradition. I am looking forward to being a part of the University of Texas at El Paso and the volleyball program.”

Adams is 5’8 from Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., where she played at the defensive specialist position for three years.  During her time with the Eagles, Adams took the court in 157 sets as the starting libero while tallying 440 digs at 2.8 digs per set, 56 assists, 19 service aces and 14 kills.

The Valor Christian squad wrapped up the 2016 season by finishing in the Final Four of the 4A State Volleyball Tournament for the second time in school history. Adams finished her senior campaign earning accolades for her work in the classroom and on the court.

Her awards included being named to the 2016 CHSAA 4A First-Team All-League, CHSAA All-State First-Team All-Academic, CHSAA All-State Honorable Mention and 4A Honorable Mention All-Academic.

“We are excited to add Abby to our roster for the 2017 season,” Watts said. “Abby comes in with her experience as a defensive player and specifically libero, she will bring additional ball control and experience at a high level to our gym.

“We are thrilled she has decided to come to UTEP and bring her back-row prowess with her. She is playing again this club season with a quality club and great coaches and she will continue to gain experience even before her arrival.”

Aside from high school volleyball, Adams played club volleyball since the age of nine. She plays for Colorado Juniors 18 Jess, who will play in the 18 Patriot Division of the 2017 Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC) in Minneapolis this summer.

UTEP Volleyball Set To Host Spring Tournament

The UTEP volleyball team will play host to a spring volleyball tournament on Saturday, March 25. The five-team tournament will begin at 9 a.m. at Memorial Gym. 

UTEP will play in a round-robin tourney that will bring NM State, New Mexico Military Institute, Eastern Arizona and Western New Mexico.

The Miners will begin the day with a 9 a.m. meeting with Eastern Arizona followed by a 10 a.m. showing with NMMI, both on court one. The Miners will then move to court two at 11 a.m. to face off against I-10 rival NM State. 

UTEP will have a bye at noon before closing out the tourney at 1 p.m. against Western New Mexico on court two. 

Admission is free and open to the public. 

2017 UTEP Spring Volleyball Tournament

Teams: UTEP, NM State, NMMI, Eastern Arizona, Western New Mexico

Round one (9 a.m.) match schedule:

Court one- UTEP vs Eastern Arizona

Court two- NM State vs NMMI

Bye: Western New Mexico

Round two (10 a.m.) match schedule:

Court one- NMMI vs UTEP

Court two- Eastern Arizona vs Western New Mexico

Bye: NM State

Round three (11 a.m.) match schedule:

Court one- Western New Mexico vs NMMI

Court two- UTEP vs NM State 

Bye: Eastern Arizona

Round four (noon) match schedule:

Court one- NM State vs Western New Mexico

Court two- NMMI vs Eastern Arizona

Bye: UTEP

Round five (1 p.m.) match schedule: 

Court one- Eastern Arizona vs NM State

Court two – Western New Mexico vs UTEP

Bye: NMMI

UTEP Volleyball Coach Watts Announces the Addition of Abby Adams for 2017

UTEP Volleyball’s head coach Holly Watts announced the addition of Abby Adams for the 2017-18 campaign on Tuesday.

“I chose UTEP because of the competitive Biology academic program, and the Pre-Dentistry curriculum,” Adams said. “I am excited about all the courses they have to offer. UTEP is a beautiful campus, and a university full of tradition. I am looking forward to being a part of the University of Texas at El Paso, and the volleyball program.”

Adams is 5’8 from Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., where she played at the defensive specialist position for three years.  During her time with the Eagles, Adams took the court in 157 sets as the starting libero while tallying 440 digs at 2.8 digs per set, 56 assists, 19 service aces and 14 kills.

The Valor Christian squad wrapped up the 2016 season by finishing in the Final Four of the 4A State Volleyball Tournament for the second time in school history. Adams finished her senior campaign earning accolades for her work in the classroom and on the court.

Her awards include, 2016 CHSAA 4A First-Team All-League, CHSAA All-State First-Team All-Academic, CHSAA All-State Honorable Mention and 4A Honorable Mention All-Academic.

“Abby comes in with her experience as a defensive player and specifically libero,” said Watts. “We are thrilled she has decided to come to UTEP and bring her back row prowess with her. She is playing again this club season with a quality club and great coaches and she will continue to gain experience even before her arrival.”

Aside from high school volleyball, Adams played club volleyball since the age of nine. She was part of the Colorado Juniors -18 Jessen, who recently earned a GJNC Bid after finishing Gold in the 2016 Far Western National Qualifier.

UTEP Volleyball Adds Three for 2017 Campaign

UTEP volleyball head coach Holly Watts announced the addition of Mallory Yost, Sahara Martinez and Cheyenne Jones for the 2017-18 season.

“All three of these young ladies come from great families and support systems and we are grateful and excited they have chosen to be part of the University of Texas at El Paso volleyball program,” said head coach Holly Watts. “We are pleased to include them in our 2017 recruiting class.”

Mallory Yost, a 6’1 middle blocker from Gretna, Nebr., is a long, athletic player with great quickness and lateral speed.

MalloryYost2Throughout her time at Gretna High School, Yost played with the varsity team for four years. She saw action in 317 sets and dished out 816 kills at a .377 hitting efficiency, 182 digs, 151 blocks (56s/95a), 11 assists and nine service aces. As a senior, Yost played alongside her sister Lydia, a freshman outside hitter. The duo led Gretna High School to the Class B State Volleyball Tournament, where they combined for nine kills in a five-set thrilling victory over Waverly High School in the B-2 District Volleyball Final.

“Mallory will add to our attacking and defending across the net”, said Watts. “She brings with her a history of winning both in high school and club ball and will have the potential to contribute quickly in her career.”

Yost played club volleyball for six years for the Nebraska Juniors, who have finished in the Top 25 in the open division of the AAU Nationals for the past three seasons.

“I felt really comfortable with the players and coaches,” Yost said. “The campus was beautiful and I love the city of El Paso.”

Sahara Martinez is a 5’10 setter who was a three-year starter for Bonita High School. Martinez is a three-time All-Palomares League selection, who saw action in 231 sets while connecting for 1,987 assists throughout her high school career. Her other totals include 553 digs, 105 kills, 100 service aces and 81 total blocks (31s/50a).

“Sahara has played with a variety of teams and levels and is a consistent voice on her teams,” Watts said. “She will have the opportunity toSaharaMartinez4 learn our offense and will push to find a place on the court.”

Martinez played club volleyball for eight years. Martinez led Club West 15-National to a 10th-place finish at the 2014 USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships. The setter participated with Forza 1 North 17 Asics as well, which finished 13th at the USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships in 2016.

“UTEP has everything I want in a school,” Martinez said. “It is a perfect fit for me.”

Cheyenne Jones is 6’1 from Valley Christian School in Missoula, Mont., where she played at the middle, right side and outside hitter position as well as a defensive specialist. Jones holds the state record for kills in a match with 51, which she set as a junior. She nearly broke her record this year in the District 13-C tournament Cheyenne Jones 1with a 50-kill match against Seeley-Swan. After her outstanding season as a senior, Jones was placed on the All-State First Team.

“Cheyenne has potential to be another piece of the offensive puzzle for the Miners in 2017,” Watts said. “Part of a winning high school and club program, Cheyenne can actually attack at any point across the net.”

Jones also participated in club volleyball for eight total years, with seven of those being with Montana Volleyball Academy.

“I chose UTEP because the university offered my major, great coaches and players as well as a great volleyball program,” Jones said.

Volleyball Forces NM State to Five Sets in Final Match of 2016

Senior Sarah Villa became the UTEP volleyball program’s all-time leader in career digs as the Miners forced I-10 rival NM State to five tough sets, but the Aggies upended the Miners (25-20, 18-25, 23-25, 26-24, 15-12) in the final match of the 2016 season in Memorial gym on Wednesday.

Freshman Macey Austin paced the Orange and Blue’s efforts with 12 total kills but Kylie Baumgartner followed with 10 kills at a .348 clip. Senior Lindsey Larson connected for 31 assists while adding 19 digs, eight kills and four blocks in the match for her 18th double-double of the season. Sarah Villa and Briana Arellano also saw double-digit digs in the match with 26 digs and 15 digs, respectively.

NM State’s Tatyana Battle led the Aggies on 20 kills and was followed by Jordan Abalos (13) and Sasha-Lee Thomas (10). The Aggies rotated setters Brianna Ainsworth and Alexsa Parker who hashed out 29 assists and 21 assists apiece. Ariadnne Sierra served as the libero for NM State as she knotted a total of 36 digs while Thomas and Kassandra Tohm each picked up four blocks.

The opening stanza saw eight tied scores and six lead changes as both teams fought to take control of the match. The Aggies got on the board first but the Miners stayed close behind throughout the majority of the set until a 5-2 run gave the Aggies a 25-20 victory in the set and a 1-0 advantage in the match.

The second set was another tight battle between the teams with seven knotted scores and five lead changes. NM State was leading 12-8 before UTEP called its first timeout on the court. After regrouping, the Miners dished out a 5-1 run to force NM State to call a timeout of its own as the score was tied at 13. The Miners claimed a 18-15 lead before another Aggie timeout was called but the Miners were unstoppable and took the second stanza, 25-18, to tie the match.

In the third period there were 13 tie scores and two lead changes but the Miners came out of the intermission on a mission. The Miners were up 4-0 before a block from Thomas and Abalos slowed down the Orange and Blue. However, the Miners continued to respond and the Aggies called for a timeout as the score was tied at 19. The timeout resulted to be more beneficial to the UTEP squad as it took a 22-21 lead before another timeout was called on the visitor’s side. Both teams would go on to score three points each in the set but UTEP came out on top with a 25-23 victory in the third.

UTEP scored the first two points of the fourth frame but NM State responded with a 7-1 run to take a 7-3 lead. Head coach Holly Watts took a timeout to regroup as the Aggies were up 5-10 and the squad was able to dish out 11 more points to trail the Aggies by only one point. NM State took a timeout of its own to stop the Miners from going on a run but UTEP continued to fight back. The Miners would call for two more timeouts in the frame but the 3-0 gave the Aggies a 26-24 victory in the fourth to tie the match, 2-2.

The fifth set was another close battle with four tied scores. The Miners continued to respond to every point the Aggies dished out but it was not enough as the Aggies claimed the fifth stanza, 15-12, and the match, 3-2.

UTEP closed out its 2016 with a 8-22 overall record and a 5-9 mark in Conference USA matches.

UTEP Volleyball Hosts NM State in Season Finale

The UTEP volleyball team will close out the 2016 season with a non-conference matchup against I-10 rival, NM State on Wednesday. The first serve of the match is scheduled for 1 p.m. MT at Memorial Gym.

Although senior night was celebrated earlier in the season (Nov. 06), this match will serve as the senior’s (Lindsey Larson, Sarah Villa and Tatum Winter) last contest of their careers at UTEP.

Last week, the team put up a great effort against the no. 1 seeded Western Kentucky in the quarterfinal round of the 2016 C-USA Volleyball Championships in Houston, Texas, but fell to the Lady Toppers in three sets (19-25, 23-25, 24-26).

The squad was led by Winter who notched eight kills at a .375 hitting percentage, two blocks, two digs and a service ace. Macey Austin paced UTEP with nine total kills while  Larson registered a double-double with 27 assists and 12 digs while adding six kills and two blocks.

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SCOUTING NM STATE

Series: Wednesday’s non-conference matchup will be the 83rd meeting for the I-10 rivals, with the Aggies holding the win margin 61-22. NM State swept the Miners in three sets in the first meeting earlier this year (10/5). The Miners have not beaten the Aggies since a five-set thriller in 2012.

AGGIES NOTABLES

The Aggies were voted by league coaches in the preseason to win the Western Athletic Conference this season and achieved the regular-season title with a five-set victory over Chicago State. NM State went onto host the 2016 WAC tournament in hopes to defend the WAC tournament crown. However, the Aggies were defeated by the no. 5 seeded UT-Rio Grande Valley, 3-2.

NM State will look to Jordan Abalos, Ariadnne Sierra and Tatyana Battle, who recently earned WAC Player of the Week honors (Nov. 7).  Abalos leads the team with 413 kills (3.75 kills/set) and Battle is close behind with 369 (3.32 kills/set). Sierra paces the squad in digs. (4.56 digs/set).

KILLIN’ IT

Five Miners have reached triple-digit kills so far this season. Macey Austin is first on the team with a total of 268 kills but Lindsey Larson follows with a total of 214 kills. Ashley Grzebeniak and Tatum Winter are tied for third on the squad with 143 kills while Kylie Baumgartner totaled 133. Maddie Morgan and Briana Arellano are relatively close to reaching triple-digit kills as well. Morgan needs three kills and Arellano would need five kills to reach the 100-kill mark in 2016.

TOP GEAR

Senior Lindsey Larson is a six-rotation player and is UTEP’s strongest weapon on the court this season.  She is first on the team in assists (611) and service aces (24) and second on the squad in digs (302), kills (214), blocks (86) and points (284.0).

TRIPLE DIGIT HEAT

Five Miners have joined the triple-digit dig club so far this season. Senior Sarah Villa paves the way for the UTEP squad with an impressive 527 digs in 2016. Fellow classmate Lindsey Larson follows with a total of 302 digs so far.  Three of the UTEP players that have reached triple-digit digs are newcomers (Briana Arellano, Amanda King and Niki Cebak). Arellano totals 205 digs, King has 186 and Cebak tallied 148 total digs.

BLOCKSTAR

Sophomore Kylie Baumgartner has been a force at the net all season and leads the squad with a total of 107 blocks (18s/89 a). She currently ranks sixth in Conference USA with 1.01 blocks per set. The California native, reached a career-high 12 blocks in a 3-1 win over Florida Atlantic (11/6), which places her first in the league for most blocks in a four-set match and second for most blocks in a single match this season.

VILLA’S CAREER

Villa is an El Paso native who arrived at UTEP in 2013 after graduating from Burges High School. In her first season, Villa saw action in 66 sets and 21 matches. Her totals included 117 digs, 14 assists, five service aces and three kills. In 2014, Villa took the court for 90 sets in a total of 28 matches. The defensive specialist registered 265 digs, 35 assists, six service aces and a kill. 2015 was Villa’s breakout season where she earned her spot as the starting libero for the Miners for the first time in her career.

She played in 100 sets and 28 matches for UTEP and nearly doubled her total digs from the previous season. She notched 434 digs at 4.34 digs per set, 65 assists, nine service aces and four kills on the season.

Villa also set a Conference USA record for most digs in a single match with a striking 45 digs while taking Southern Miss to five sets in Hattiesburg, Miss. (10/23). During her senior season, Villa has seen action in 105 sets and 29 matches. Her totals include 527 digs, 97 assists, 15 service aces and seven kills.

Throughout her career, Villa has tallied 1,343 total digs which puts her second in the UTEP record book for most career digs. She trails the record-holder, Jennifer Abbruzzese, by only 25 digs. Abbruzzese played for the Miners from 2000-2003 and notched a total of 1,368 digs in her career. Recently, Villa was named to C-USA’s All-Conference Second Team.

WINTER’S CAREER

Winter arrived as junior transfer from Scottsdale Community College in 2015. In her debut as a Miner, the middle blocker saw action in 65 sets and 23 matches with 14 starting appearances. The Gilbert, Ariz. native, finished fourth on the team with 61 (3s/58a) total blocks. Winter also tallied 80 kills, 32 digs, four service aces and an assist. Winter has taken the court in 105 sets and 29 matches in 2016 as senior. Her totals include, 79 blocks (11s/68a), 143 kills, 61 digs, 10 assists and nine service aces.

LARSON’S CAREER

Larson arrived at UTEP in 2012 and redshirted her first season. In 2013, she made her debut in a Miner uniform as she participated in 97 sets and 28 matches on the season. She totaled 126 kills, 72 digs, 51 assists, 51 blocks (3s/48a) and four service aces. In 2014, Larson took the role of the starting setter for the Miners and fulfilled the role immaculately. She notched 920 assists at a career-best 8.93 assists per set and tabbed 227 digs, 72 blocks (2s/68a), 53 kills and eight service aces.

Before the 2015 season began, Larson earned a spot on the 2015 Canada National Team, which she trained with during the summer. She played in 121 sets and 32 matches during her junior season.

The product of Humbolt, Saskatchewan, Canada, finished the 2015 season with 1,064 assists, 369 digs, 108 kills, 104 blocks (11s/93a) and 35 service aces. During the 2016 season, Larson has picked up 611 assists, 302 digs, 214 kills, 86 (6s/80a) and 24 service aces while playing in 108 sets and 29 matches.

Throughout her career, the setter has totaled 2,646 assists, 970 digs, 501 kills, 313 blocks and 71 service aces. Larson has also reached a double-double on 46 occasions including five triple-doubles.

Most recently, Larson was named to C-USA’s 2016 All-Conference Second Team.

Aside from her amazing stats on the court, Larson is also an all-star in the classroom as she sports a 3.93 GPA in Civil Engineering. She is a regular member on the UTEP Dean’s List and has been named to C-USA’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll from 2012-2016. She has also received a C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal for the past three seasons. Larson has also garnered C-USA All-Academic Team honors for three consecutive seasons (2014-2016).

AUSTIN; C-USA ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Rookie Macey Austin has made an immediate impact for the Orange and Blue and was awarded for her efforts by being named to C-USA’s 2016 All-Freshman team. A regular starter for UTEP, Austin has played in 98 sets this season. The outside hitter paces the Miners with 259 total kills with a 2.64 kill per set average. Austin has also registered 41 digs, 30 blocks, three service aces and an assist. In league matches, the Fort Worth, Texas native, hammered 151 total kills, 24 digs, 15 blocks and a service ace. Austin registered double-digit kills in 14 matches this season, including a season-best 18 kills twice.

LARSON & VILLA; C-USA ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM

Two members of the UTEP volleyball team received All-Conference honors Wednesday as the league named seniors Sarah Villa and Lindsey Larson to the Second-Team All-C-USA list.

Lindsey Larson is rounding out her time as a Miner in superb fashion as the senior will finish her UTEP career having played in 108 sets this season. Larson serves as team captain along with Villa. The setter is first on the team in assists (611) as well as service aces (24) and second in kills (214), digs (302) and blocks (86). The Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada native, reached a double-double 18 times including five triple-doubles in 2016, making her the only one in C-USA to reach a triple-double on the season.

In regular-season C-USA matches, Larson was first on the team in assists (304) and second in service aces (12), kills (98), digs (154) and total blocks (40). Larson reached a career-high 13 kills while hitting at a .650 clip versus Samford (9/16) and another career-best in digs (28) against UAB (9/25).

Sarah Villa has proven to be one of UTEP’s most potent defensive weapons as the libero has seen action in 108 sets in 2016. She is first on the team and conference in digs (527) with an average 4.88 digs per set. Villa is third on the team with 97 assists and has registered 15 service aces and seven kills. The El Paso native, reached 20 or more digs 11 times this season including a season-best 31 digs at Rice (9/23). In regular-season C-USA matches, the senior totaled 253 digs, 45 assists, six service aces and three kills.

ON THE RADAR

After a successful weekend at home, middle blocker Kylie Baumgartner was named C-USA’s Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 7, making it her first weekly honor of her career. Baumgartner led the Miners to a perfect 3-0 weekend. The sophomore provided a dominant performance in a 3-1 win over Florida Atlantic with 11 kills at a .421 hitting percentage combined with 12 blocks, the second-most of any C-USA player in a conference match this season. On the season, Baumgartner totals 107 total blocks (18s/89a), 133 kills, 12 digs and six assists.

FILLING IN THE SHOES

UTEP’s freshmen have been making quite the splash this season. Macey Austin leads the UTEP pack with a team-best 259 kills while adding 41 digs, 30 blocks, three service aces and an assist on the season. Briana Arellano has also proved to be force on the court with 197 digs, 92 kills, 21 service aces, nine blocks and eight assists. Ali Vidali follows in suit with totals including, 75 kills, 34 digs, four blocks, four assists and two service aces. Niki Cebak has also made contributions of her own with 146 total digs, 16 service aces and 23 assists.

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