The UTEP volleyball team is set to host the third round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship at Memorial Gym on Tuesday (Dec. 7).
After winning their second-round match against Colorado State, 3-1, on Friday evening, the Miners (23-7) advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIVC. UTEP will host Weber State (22-9) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
It marks the first time in UTEP history that the Miners have hosted postseason volleyball matches.
Arkansas (20-10) and UNLV (25-9) will join UTEP and Weber State in El Paso this week. The Razorbacks and the Rebels will square off at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at Memorial.
The winners will square off on a to-be-determined date and time later this week.
Fans can go online to purchase tickets.
NIVC Round 3
Arkansas vs. UNLV – 5 p.m. MT
UTEP vs. Weber State – 7:30 p.m. MT
General Admission – $10 ea.
UTEP Students – $5 ea.
The UTEP volleyball team advanced to 23-7 on the year defeating the Colorado State Rams on their home court, 3-1 (25-22, 12-25, 25-18, 25-19) Friday evening in round two of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship.
Colorado State previously won 30 straight sets at home and was the Mountain West regular season champion, but lost to UNLV in the conference tournament.
Serena Patterson was the top scorer (15 points) for the Miners producing 11 kills, two service aces and three total blocks. Ryley Frye led the team with 23 assists and tallied 10 digs for a double-double while posting four service aces as well. Alyssa Sianez recorded 17 digs to lead the defense.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of this group,” head coach Ben Wallis said. “This team just keeps punching and punching. We were so good defensively. They (CSU) out-aced up by one, but we stayed tough at the service line. We got punched in the mouth in the second set, but we came back in the third and fourth sets and just never stopped competing. We just kept pressuring them and got them off-balanced.”
The Miners registered 13 total blocks and nine services aces while hitting .246.