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UTEP Volleyball drops Five-Set Decision to Southern Miss

Hattiesburg, Miss. – The UTEP volleyball team fell 2-3 (25-23, 33-31, 18-25, 18-25, 16-18) against Southern Miss on Friday.

Junior Sarah Villa earned herself a spot in the record book ranking first with 45 digs in a five-set match. Freshman Ashley Grzebeniak and Dalainee hammered 14 kills each while Kylie Baumgartner added 11.

Grzebeniak also recorded 15 digs, a service ace, an assist and two blocks as the freshman earned her third double-double in 2015.

Lindsey Larson aided the Miners all over the court as she contributed 38 assists, 11 digs, eight blocks, six kills and three service aces. The junior has now posted 14 double-double performances this season. Kylie Baumgartner led the team in blocks (10) while adding 11 kills for the Miners to notch her first career double-double of the season.

Both teams fought point for point as the first set saw 13 ties and five lead changes. A kill by Baumgartner followed by a Golden Eagle attack error would give the Orange and Blue a 25-23 win in the first frame.

Tensions were running high in the second set as the score saw 18 ties and six lead changes. A kill from Grzebeniak and Larson each would seal the second frame 33-31 for the Miners.

The Miners were unable to maintain the momentum coming out of intermission as Southern Miss took a 14-9 lead and never looked back. The Eagles took the third set 25-18.

Southern Miss once again stormed out in the fourth taking a 14-7 lead. The Orange and Blue were unable to regain the lead and the Eagles took the set 25-18 tying the match at 2-2.

The Miners were looking to close out the match in the fifth set but their efforts were not enough to defeat Southern Miss. The Eagles took the final stanza 18-16 and the match 3-2.

UTEP will continue on the road as it faces UTSA in San Antonio, Texas at 12 p.m. (MT) for the second time this season.

Author: UTEP Athletics

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