Miners Drop WAC Opener in Loss to Mustangs
The UTEP volleyball team played without a bench on Thursday, as SMU cruised past UTEP, 30-21, 30-18, 30-12 at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas.
UTEP played with only six players while rotating the libero, leaving the Miners without reserves. Defensive specialist Jaymie Swift, who took over libero duties for the night, recorded a team high, 14 digs. Starting libero and WAC digs leader Brittany Stowers is out with a knee sprain leaving the Miners lacking the defensive edge. Outside hitter Kari Stacy and leftside hitter Christie Murphy recorded eight digs each.
The Miners led the Mustangs in game one 13-11, when a blocking error by UTEP’s Stacy brought the score to 13-12. The error was followed by two Mustang service aces from Jackie Erazmus, giving SMU the 14-13 lead. The Miners never recovered, downing only nine kills on 44 attempts with eight errors, hitting just .023 in game one.
The Mustangs held UTEP to just 12 points in game three, the lowest of the season. The Miners finished the night with 29 kills, 18 errors, while hitting .094.
SMU was led by the double-double performances of Jacky Niederstadt (13 kills, 12 digs), Beth Karasek (11 kills, 17 digs) and WAC assists leader Jessica Mihm (42 assists, 11 digs). The win improves the Mustangs to 6-4, 1-0 in WAC action.
The Miners (5-4, 0-1 WAC) return to action Saturday, when they take on Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La.