UTEP Miners sweep Louisiana Tech for first conference win

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The UTEP Volleyball team notched a second straight sweep against Louisiana Tech 3-0 at Memorial Gym Saturday afternoon. Photo credit: Ace Acosta

Emily Autumn Velasquez, Sports Editor

The UTEP Miners volleyball team (13-4, 2-2 C-USA) swept Louisiana Tech (6-14, 0-6 C-USA) over the weekend to bring in their first conference wins of the season. 

The Miners had two home matches against Louisiana Tech that took place at Memorial Gymnasium over the weekend.  

Scores of the match in favor of the Miners on Friday evening were, 25-22, 25-16, 25-17.  

From the Friday, Oct. 8 victory, senior outside hitter Paulina Perez Rosas led the team with 10 kills, seven digs, and one block. Senior setter Kristen Fritsche tallied 19 assists while sophomore Hande Yetis finished with 14. Alyssa Sianez managed to record a match-high of 15 digs for the Miners. UTEP racked up six service aces with Yetis leading the way with two. 

For Louisiana Tech, sophomore middle blocker Carly Doros led the Lady Techsters with eight kills. Sophomore defensive specialist McKenzie Johnson collected 10 digs,  marking 17 straight matches with double digit digs.  

“I’m grateful to get our first conference win of the year,” head coach Ben Wallis said in a post-game interview Friday.  

Scores of the match in favor of the Miners on Saturday morning were, 25-13, 25-15, 25-22.  

From the Saturday, Oct. 9 victory, senior outside hitter Serena Patterson led the Miners with 11 kills. Senior setter Kristen Fritsche tallied 23 assists and 11 digs, while sophomore Hande Yetis finished with 19 assists on Saturday’s match.  

Senior outside hitter Jordyn Carswell led Louisiana Tech with seven kills offensively. Sophomore middle blocker Carly Doros and freshman right-side hitter Jaena Bell followed with five kills each. Redshirt sophomore setter Mallory Meers had 30 assists for the seventh time this season.  

“The thing I really like about my team is that we have a big roster of really talented players, and we’ll find a way to win,” Wallis said in a post-game interview on Saturday. 

UTEP’s high caliber offense was too dominating for the Lady Techsters to keep up with, which resulted in the Miners sweeping them in both matches.  

The Miners’ next opponent will be an away game against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (10-10, 2-4 C-USA) in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Out of the 18 matches in which the Miners have played the Golden Eagles, they have only won five matches.  

Currently, the Miners are on a three-game winning streak against the Golden Eagles.  

The first match takes place 4 p.m. MT Friday, Oct. 15 and the second match takes place 10 a.m. MT Saturday, Oct. 16. Both matches will be streamed on CUSA.tv, with live stats available. 

All stats about UTEP provided by the Department of Athletics Strategic Communications, and by utepathletics.com. 

All stats about Louisiana Tech provided by latechsports.com.