The UTEP volleyball team, which is coming off road losses to San Jose State and No. 4 Hawaii, is searching for its first conference win of the 2004 season this weekend, as they take on Nevada at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday before facing Fresno State at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday in Memorial Gym.
Kari Stacy leads the Miners in kills (233) and aces (23), and has had eight double-double performances this season. Also paving the way this weekend is junior middle blocker Heather Brisnahan who has put up a team high 44 blocks and is second on the team in kills with 149.
Nevada (10-6, 3-2 WAC) ranks third in the WAC and stands second in the Western Division. They are coming off wins from Fresno State and Utah Valley State, while losing to No. 6 Hawaii 2-3. Leading Nevada is junior middle blocker Salaia Salave’a, named WAC Player of the Week on Monday. She leads the WAC in kills in both non-conference (4.98 kpg) and conference (5.20 kpg) games, while ranking fourth in blocks in conference only matches averaging 1.45 bpg.
Fresno (9-8, 2-3 WAC) travels to Boise State on Thursday and UTEP on Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs are coming off losses to Cal State Northridge (1-3) and Nevada (1-3). Leading Fresno State is freshman outside hitter Christina Reneau. Reneau has recorded 14 double-double performances in the last 15 matches. She is second in kills behind Nevada’s Salave’a averaging 5.17 in WAC matches and has slammed 254 kills this season.