Charlotte, N.C. – In its Conference USA opener, UTEP (6-9) fell to Charlotte 3-1 (11-25, 25-22, 26-28, 21-25).
The Miner’s efforts were led by sophomore Coline Coessens who hammered out 13 kills, 14 digs and four blocks. The offense was paced by junior Lindsey Larson with 33 assists while adding 11 digs and five blocks. The defense was led by senior defensive specialist Ashley Peak who tallied 23 digs. Senior Talia Jones contributed 10 kills and two blocks.
“After a long weekend on the road, we still had plenty of chances to put ourselves in position for a win tonight, but it was not to be,” head coach Holly Watts said. “Coline and Lindsey, once again turned in well played double digit performances, both in digs and also in kills/assists-respectively.”
The 49ers took an early lead in the match as they secured the first set 25-11.
Both squads stormed out in the second frame trading point for point. With the score tied at 21-21, the Miners went on a 4-1 run to claim the second set 25-22.
The third set was another tight battle as both teams were looking to take a lead in the match. There were 17 tied scores and seven lead changes in the stanza but Charlotte dominated in extra points and took the set 28-26.
After taking a 2-1 match lead, the 49ers were able to keep the momentum going as they began the fourth frame leading 16-8. UTEP rallied late in the set with an 8-2 run but Charlotte closed out the set 25-21 and the match 3-1 with a kill from Kaylyn Torain.
“We are looking to come back home to work on consistency in our movements so we can continue to compete point for point, and position ourselves for a great Conference USA season,” Watts said.
The Miners will return to Memorial Gym this weekend as they are set to take on North Texas on Friday at 6 p.m. (MT) and Middle Tennessee St. on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (MT).
Author: UTEP Athletics