Women’s volleyball falls to New Mexico in season finale

Jeremy Carranco, Sports Editor

The 2017 UTEP women’s volleyball season came to an end on Sunday night with a three-set loss to rival New Mexico on the road at the Johnson Center in Albuquerque.

Amanda King capped her collegiate volleyball career with a double-double, her fifth of the season.

King recorded a team-leading 27 assists and 12 digs in her effort, but the Miners’ third set surge was not enough, as the Lobos took the match 25-16, 25-16, 28-26.

UTEP concludes the 2017 campaign with a record of 6-22, 3-11 in Conference USA while the Lobos even up their record at 15-15, 6-10 in the Mountain West with two matches left in their season.

The Miners dropped all 10 of their road games on the year but won their last two home games against Middle Tennessee (3-0) on Oct. 29 and Marshall (3-2) on Nov. 8 to finish with a 6-8 home record (0-4 at neutral sites).

Two Miners notched double-digit kills, with Macey Austin knocking down 14 to lead the team and Cheyenne Jones throwing down 10. Austin hit at a .333 clip and ended her sophomore season with a team-leading 359 kills. King’s 27 assists paced the Miners, while her 12 digs lead the team. Fellow senior Dania Orozco chipped in nine digs in her effort, while Briana Arellano picked up eight digs and Niki Cebak was close behind with seven. Jones led the UTEP defensive effort at the net, teaming up for six block assists to stop the Lobo attacks.

In total, the Miners recorded 39 kills, 37 assists, 46 digs, and 16 block assists while the Lobos totaled 39 kills, 38 assists, 42 digs, two solo blocks and 14 block assists.

“We battled in the third set like we want to be known for,” head coach Holly Watts said in a press release. “We would like to have won that one to see what happens in the next set. I’m really proud of these seniors and what they have contributed to our program. There was another nice performance by Macey and a nice hitting percentage as well from Kylie.”

The Miners finish the season with 1,174 kills, 1,084 assists, 126 service aces, 1,300 digs and 186 total blocks.