Southern Miss hands Miners sixth consecutive loss

Jeremy Carranco, Sports Editor

The UTEP women’s volleyball team dropped their sixth straight match on Monday afternoon to Southern Miss in straight sets (3-0; 25-23, 25-14, 25-15) in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

The Miners fall to 4-16 overall and 1-6 in Conference USA play while the Golden Eagles improve to 14-8 overall and 4-2 in Conference USA.

The match was made up from an Oct. 8 scheduled date that was postponed due to Tropical Storm Nate.

UTEP outside hitter Macey Austin turned in a solid performance, tallying 14 kills with only one error and hammered a career-high .565 clip. Austin leads the team in kills this season with 260.

UTEP will take the road this upcoming weekend to play at C-USA leaders WKU (21-2, 7-0 C-USA) on Oct. 20 (5 p.m. MT) and Rice (16-5, 6-1 C-USA) on Oct. 22 (noon).

The Miners upset the Owls, 3-2 (28-26, 16-25, 25-22, 19-25, 19-14) back on Sept. 22 in Memorial Gym. Meanwhile, the Miners and Hilltoppers will meet for the only time this season. UTEP fell at WKU, 3-0, back on Oct. 21, 2016.