Miners shock the Bulldogs

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Roman P. Carr

UTEP Volleyball (9-7,3-0 C-USA) against LA Tech Bulldogs (7-10,1-2 C-USA) Sept. 30.

Roman P. Carr, Contributor

UTEP Volleyball (9-7,3-0 C-USA) went up against the LA Tech Bulldogs (7-10,1-2 C-USA) at 6:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.  

The UTEP Miners gave no room for a comeback as they defeated the LA Tech Bulldogs on a 3-0 set victory; 25-12, 25-14, 25-16. The Miners pummeled the contenders every which way, putting up a total of 35 kills, 7 aces and 8 blocks with 32 assists and 34 digs.  

In no way throughout the entirety of each set did it look like Bulldogs were going to end up winning this one, as they could find no rhythm to maintain a steady flow against the Miners. On the other side, UTEP dominated the competition with their fast-paced game play and incredible setups during each set.  

UTEP Volleyball standout and redshirt freshman outside hitter Torrance Lovesee recorded a total of 9 kills, 2 blocks, and 6 digs, playing a big part in the Miner victory pushing forward throughout the course of the game. 

Meanwhile, on the opposing side for the LA Tech Bulldogs, sophomore defensive specialist McKenzie Johnson recorded one ace, one assist and three digs, teaming up with redshirt junior outside hitter Andrea Spasojevic who recorded a total of seven kills and five digs, giving their best effort in attempting to defeat the Miners. 

Freshman setter Mattie Gantt for the Miners recorded a grand total of 16 assists and five aces pairing with outside hitter and UTEP star player Serena Patterson who recorded seven kills, five blocks and one assist, also playing a big part in the Miner victory. 

These stats, alongside the victory over the Bulldogs, put a big smile on head coach Ben Wallis’ face as the Miners celebrated giving the fans and staff a great showcase. Nevertheless, the Miners still have a long season ahead as they fight for a championship run. 

“We defended really well and we served it tough and we frustrated them,” said Head Coach Ben Wallis.  

The Miners next match will be against Rice at noon Oct. 8 at Memorial Gym. 

Stats provided my UTEP Athletics and LA Tech Athletics 

Roman P. Carr is contributor and photographer and may be reached at [email protected]; @23rd.era on Instagram.