The UTEP volleyball team (3-15, 0-6), fell to Florida Atlantic (15-4, 5-1) in three sets (25-21,7-25,23-25), 3-0, on Friday evening at Memorial Gym.
Kristen Fritsche led the squad with 16 assists, seven digs and a team-high four total blocks. Martine Kragholm and Mallory Yost both added three total blocks each.
Florida Atlantic began the match with a 4-1 run that helped seize control of the first set. UTEP would battle back and tie the set off of back-to-back kills from Macey Austin and Cheyenne Jones, 12-12. The Miners were battling in the latter stages, trailing by one point, 21-20. The Owls went on a 4-1 run, capturing the set, 25-21.
FAU tallied an 11-1 run to start the second set, and never looked back. It took the set, 25-7, and held control of the match.
The Miners came out with purpose in the third set, doubling up the Owls efforts, 14-7. FAU stormed back with a 10-0 run of its own, taking the lead, 19-17. From there both teams traded punches, but Florida Atlantic bested the Miners for the set and match, 25-23.
The Miners will play host to FIU (12-6, 4-1) on Sunday at 12 p.m. MT at Memorial Gym. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids. For more information about the team day program call the UTEP marketing department at (915) 747-6065