TUCSON, Ariz. – The UTEP volleyball team kicked off its spring season Saturday with a 1-4 showing at the University of Arizona tournament held in the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz.
The Miners opened the day falling, 0-2, to Arizona, Arizona State and NM State before claiming a two-set sweep to Arizona Sizzle, a women’s team of former collegiate players from the Arizona region.
“Every match played was a lesson in consistency,” said head coach Holly Watts. “We lacked consistency but competed well in streaks to score points.”
Libero Sarah Villa led UTEP’s defense with 30 digs. Outside hitters Coline Coessens and Ashley Grzebeniak tallied 22 digs, respectively, while Ali Vidali, who sat out the fall season due to a wrist injury, made her first appearance on the court, registering an impressive 10 kills and 16 digs.
Defensive specialist Niki Cebak also saw action for the first time and recorded 20 digs for the Miners.
Newcomer Amanda King played at the setter position and notched 16 digs to contribute to the Miners strong defensive efforts.
“Ali and Sarah led the way for our serve receive with highest overall pass rating and no receiving errors,” Watts said. “Today was a great opportunity to get better.”
Up next, UTEP will take on NM State in Las Cruces, N.M. on Thursday, April 7 at the Pan American Center.