Miners Bounce Kangaroos, 3-0
The UTEP Miner volleyball team rebounded from an opening-round loss in the UMKC Kangaroo Classic by ousting the host school Missouri-Kansas City, 3-0 (31-29, 30-28, 30-25), in the first of two matches for the Miners today at the Swinney Recreation Center in Kansas City, Mo.
After trailing much of game three, UTEP (4-6) would use a 16-5 run to complete the sweep of UMKC (2-8), 30-25. Down the stretch it would be sophomore Kari Stacy who took over for the Miners. Stacy finished the match with 16 kills, while hitting .400.
As a team, the Miners hit .227 recording 54 kills on 141 attempts. Jazmin Enriquez recorded 50 assists in her first start at the setters position and as a team, UTEP out dug the Kangaroos 63-53.
UTEP opened the match with a 4-0 run but would use a 10-2 run trailing 24-21 to regain the lead. The Miners would break a 27-all tie with back-to-back points only to have the Roos tie the game back up at 29-29. Consecutive points by UTEP would hold off the UMKC comeback attempt, and give the Miners the 1-0 lead in the match. As a team the Miners hit .327 led by Heather Brisnahans .571 clip and Nina Reeves .278.
The second game would see both coaches receive cards early. UTEP head coach Scott Swanson was issued a red card for the second consecutive day; while a couple of points later it would be the Kangaroo coach on the receiving end of a yellow card. When play resumed the Miners would complete the wire-to-wire victory. The Roos managed to knot the game at 19 but would never take a lead. Facing three game points, 29-26, UMKC managed to close the gap to one, 29-28, but a Jennifer Abbruzzese kill would give the Miners a 2-0 lead into the intermission.
UTEP will conclude play in the Kangaroo Classic this afternoon with Northwestern State. The Demons are 0-2 in the tournament. A Miner victory will assure UTEP of at least a second-place finish.