UTEP volleyball (2-2) will host Angelo State (0-0) in a doubleheader scrimmage on Saturday to conclude its slate of fall preseason competition.
While the contests are closed to the public and media and will not count towards the Miners’ overall record, the games can be viewed through a Facebook livestream on the UTEP Volleyball Facebook page.
The first match will begin at 10:00 a.m. MT and the second at 3:00 p.m. MT.
“We’re excited to host Angelo State University on Saturday who is perennially a top Division-II program in the college volleyball world,” Wallis said. “Coach Chuck Waddington consistently pumps out winning teams there in San Angelo.”
These will be the first scrimmages for the Rambelles in their fall preseason following a 29-3 campaign in 2019.
“While we’re disappointed that we won’t be able to host our El Paso crowd here this Saturday, we’ll stream the matches on our Facebook volleyball page in order allow for our UTEP Miner fans to have a chance to see us play before we shut it down to the eight-hour period on Sunday,” Wallis said.
The Miners’ comeback victory marked the program’s second win over the Mean Green dating back to North Texas’ joining of C-USA in 2010 – both under coach Ben Wallis.
Sophomore outside hitter followed up her career-high kill performance (17) in UTEP’s upset of Texas State (8-1) on Sept. 12, with 16 kills against the Mean Green, hitting at a .364 clip. Darley accounted for 19.5 of the Miners’ 80 points. Freshman Ava Palm was second behind Darley with 13 points, adding 10 kills of her own in her first full match in a Miner uniform.
Setters Kristen Fritsche and Sophia Chacon assisted on 51 of the scores with 30 and 21 set assists, respectively. Chacon and juniors Paulina Perez Rosas and Hula Crisostomo all logged double-figure dig totals of 11, 16 and 18 respectively.
Palm dialed up four aces and registered a career-high 13 kills with a scorching-hot .407 hitting percentage in the second match of the day against Stephen F. Austin.
“Not only do they mirror some of our system qualities which will give us problems, but they also find ways to recruit Division-I level athletes that will also challenge us physically. They’re competent in all six phases of volleyball and that will give us a solid finish to our fall season. We’ll really be able to sit down next week and look at our numbers, our video and really have a good idea of where we need to get to before January 22nd,” Wallace said.
UTEP enters the weekend after splitting two matches on October 3 against North Texas (1-1) and Stephen F. Austin (8-2).
“ASU won’t give us anything and they’re going to compete very hard to win both of these matches. This is an unprecedented year for everyone and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to not only play on Saturday against ASU but also the ability we had to take our Miner team out to compete this fall and test ourselves against some of the best teams in our region. It is going to pay off big time for us in the spring when we’re competing for a C-USA title.”