The UTEP volleyball took the Roadrunners to five sets but UTSA ultimately won the match, 3-2.
Macey Austin led the miners in kills with a total of 15 on the match while Tatum Winter followed with eight. Amanda King and Lindsey Larson each registered double-digits in assists with 18 and 15, respectively. Sarah Villa and Briana Arellano have been outstanding on defense. Villa picked up a total of 25 digs and Arellano notched 10 on the game.
As a whole, the team totaled 71 digs, 41 kills, 38 assists, nine blocks and four service aces.
The opening set saw 15 tied scores and five lead changes. Momentum was so high on each side of the court that neither team called a timeout until late in the set. The first regroup was called by UTEP as UTSA took a 23-21 lead. After the break, the Miners scored two points to tie the period, 23-23, and the Roadrunners called a timeout of their own. An error on UTSA’s and a service ace on Larson’s part sealed the first frame, 25-23 and a, 1-0, match lead.
UTSA stormed out into the second frame to a 7-3 lead before UTEP called a timeout on the court. The home team continued to lead through the entire set and the Miners asked for its second timeout while trailing, 15-23. UTEP would come off the break with a 5-0 run but it was too late as UTSA used the buffer to claim the set, 25-21, to tie the match, 1-1.
The Roadrunners carried the momentum from the second set into the third, taking a 21-17 lead before the first timeout was called on the Miners’ side. A 3-1 run by the Orange and Blue would bring the score to 22-20 to force UTSA to call its first timeout of the set. Two more breaks would be called on the court during the set but UTSA came out on top with a 25-23 victory.
The fourth period was similar to first set with 15 tied scores and five lead changes. It was a point for point battle but UTSA called its first timeout as it trailed 15-16. The Roadrunners were right on the Miner’s tail but they were unable to stop the UTEP rhythm. The Orange and Blue tied the match, 2-2, with its 25-23 victory in the fourth stanza.
The host came into the deciding set with a 5-2 run and UTEP was forced to call a timeout. The momentum continued to go in the Roadrunner’s favor as they took a 10-3 lead before head coach Holly Watts called the second timeout. The Orange and Blue was unable to recover from the deficit and UTSA ultimately won the set 15-7 and the match, 3-2.
The Miners will head back to Memorial Gym to host Western Kentucky on Friday at 6:30 p.m. MT and Rice on Sunday at 12 p.m. MT.