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Middle blocker Danika Washington jumps up in the air to hit the ball during a set against Jacksonville State.

UTEP Volleyball defeats Jax State in exciting two home games

H. Catching Marginot, Staff Reporter September 30, 2023

With an overall record of 10-5, the UTEP women's volleyball team faced Jacksonville State University (JSU) in two intense home games. The love for the team radiated throughout Memorial Gym as both games garnered large cheering crowds. UTEP sailed through...

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Volleyball head coach Ben Wallis is entering his fifth season after leaving his position at New Mexico State. Photo courtesy UTEP Athletics

Transforming UTEP volleyball with passion and precision under Ben Wallis

Emmanuel Rivas Valenzuela, Sports Editor September 28, 2023

It was not too long ago when UTEP volleyball was a struggling program. From 2000 to 2019, UTEP only saw three seasons (2005, 2012 and 2013) with a winning percentage at or above .500 in conference play. This includes the Miners’ time with the Western...

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UTEP volleyball faces first loss at Borderland Invitational Tournament

Emmanuel Rivas Valenzuela, Sports Editor September 7, 2023

The UTEP volleyball team (4-1) finally made its way back to the Memorial Gym this past weekend for the annual Borderland Invitational Tournament, which ran from Thursday, Aug. 31 to Saturday, Sept 2.  The event hosted the Miners, the University of...

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The season will start off with the Southeastern Louisiana Tournament with the Miners facing Washington University for their first game.  Photo courtesy of The Prospector archive

With UTEP volleyball’s season underway, new faces emerge under veteran wings

Gianluca Cuevas, Photographer September 1, 2023

After reaching the semifinals but falling short at the C-USA Finals in 2022 to Rice University, UTEP Volleyball kicked off the start of their 2023 season with a 4-set sweep exhibition game against Grand Canyon University, Aug. 19. The Miners were...

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The UTEP volleyball team competed in three out-of-state games between Friday, Aug. 25, and Saturday, Aug. 26.  Photo courtesy of Samuel Conners/ SELA athletics

Striking gold at Southeastern Showdown games

Katy Ruiz, Contributor/Reporter September 1, 2023

The UTEP volleyball team got off to a busy start as the team competed in three out-of-state games between Friday, Aug. 25, and Saturday, Aug. 26.    The first day featured a double header between the Washington Huskies and the Grambling State Tigers.   During...

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Despite the language barrier, Ovalle has spent time as a kid in El Paso and loves the city and culture.

Paving her path in the sand: Marian Ovalle

Emmanuel Rivas Valenzuela, Sports Editor April 21, 2023

Editor’s note: This article is the second part to a three-part series featuring student-athletes from the Mexican State of Chihuahua. Through thick and thin, UTEP beach volleyball player Marian Ovalle has seen quite a bit, thanks to her involvement...

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The Prospector’s Student-Athlete of the month: Serena Patterson

Katrina Villarreal, Multimedia Editor April 19, 2023

From being a part of the indoor volleyball team to the beach volleyball team, Serena Patterson has seen and done it all. Patterson is on her way to earning her master’s degree in leadership studies.   Patterson began her career at UTEP with...

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The UTEP Beach Volleyball team headed to the University of Arizona to take part in the Cactus Classic for opening weekend, Feb. 24-25. Photo courtesy of UTEP Athletics

Beach volleyball struggles in opener

Itzel Giron, Editor-in-Chief March 1, 2023

In the team’s inaugural season, the UTEP beach volleyball team (0-4) headed to the University of Arizona to take part in the Cactus Classic for opening weekend, Feb. 24 and Feb. 25. The Miners tried their best to defeat the Pacific-12 Conference foes,...

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Alianza Darley shines in academics as she received C-USA Commissioner’s academic medal.

Senior Spotlight: Alianza Darley

Emmanuel Rivas Valenzuela, Sports Editor December 2, 2022

Volleyball senior thrives at UTEP As the volleyball season comes to an end, senior outside hitter and middle blocker Alianza Darley contemplates what her next step will be. The Robertson High School graduate is eligible to play for the upcoming 2023...

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Miner lose game agains NMSU Aggies on Battle of I-10 Classic, Nov. 23 at Memorial Gym. Photo courtesy of UTEP Athletics.

Volleyball falls in a heartbreaking loss to NMSU

Emmanuel Rivas Valenzuela, Sports Editor November 26, 2022

UTEP’s volleyball team ended its season with the Battle of I-10 against rival New Mexico State University (NMSU). The Miners are coming off a devastating elimination from the Conference USA Tournament Saturday, Nov. 19 in Bowling Green, Kentucky to...

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Defensive specialist Alyssa Sianez defends an attack by Middle Tennessee on Nov.4

Miners take the gold against Middle Tennessee

Katrina Villarreal, Staff Reporter November 5, 2022

UTEP volleyball (14-11, 8-4 Conference USA) swept Middle Tennessee (15-10, 4-7 C-USA) Friday, Nov. 4 at the Memorial Gym. The Miners are currently third in the C-USA standings. In the first set, the Miners were unstoppable taking a 15-7 lead against...

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Senior outside/middle blocker, Alianza Darley, jumps up to spike the ball during a set against UTSA.

Miners stomp the Roadrunners in shutout

Joel Molina, Contributor October 23, 2022

The UTEP volleyball team (12-9, 6-2 Conference USA) took the home win in a sweep over conference rival the University of San Antonio (7-13, 2-6 Conference USA) Friday. The win comes off a 3-1 loss in which the Miners suffered to the current leader of...

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