Nashville, Tenn.- The UTEP Volleyball team fell to Memphis 3-1 (12-25, 25-18, 18-25, 16-25) and tournament host, Belmont, 3-1 (26-24, 21-25, 23-25, 19-25) on Friday in Nashville, Tenn.
Match 1 vs. Memphis
UTEP got off to rough start in the first frame as Memphis took a 5-0 lead. UTEP struggled to catch up and ultimately the Tigers took the set 25-12. The Orange and Blue defeated Memphis 25-18 in the second set after being tied eight times. The Miners could not overcome the offensive firepower of the Tigers and ultimately dropped the third and fourth frames (18-25, 16-25) and the match 3-1.
Coline Coessens recorded her second double-double as she led the team in digs (14) and kills (12). Junior Lindsey Larson notched 27 assists, seven digs and two blocks. True freshman Maddie Morgan led the team in blocks (8) while adding five kills. Outside hitter Dalainee Perry registered 12 digs and nine kills.
Match 2 vs. Belmont
UTEP and the tournament host, Belmont, faced in a point for point battle for the second match of the day. After a devastating loss to Memphis, the Miners started off the match with a 26-24 triumph in the first frame. Tied at 18 in the second set, UTEP took a timeout to regroup but the Bruins were able to gain the lead and finished 25-21. UTEP was held to a .085 attack percentage in the third set and -.023 in the fourth giving the Bruins a 3-1 victory.
Larson recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 23 assists and 14 digs. The setter also added seven blocks and three kills. Coline Coessens led the team in digs (24) and registered six kills. Dalainee Perry led the squad in kills (10) followed by Talia Jones (8). Three Miners (Talia Jones, Maddie Morgan, Kylie Baumgartner) contributed six blocks each to the squads total of 14.
The Miners will finish up the Belmont Bruin Invitational Saturday at 10 a.m. (MT) in a match-up against the South Alabama Jaguars at the Curb Event Center.
Author: UTEP Athletics