UTEP 3, USF 0 (25-14, 26-24, 25-13)
EL PASO, TEXAS – Playing in front of another raucous crowd, UTEP swept South Florida in the Fab 4 showdown to advance to the 2023 NIVC title game, where the Miners will host Wichita State on Tuesday, December 12th at 9 p.m. ET.
UTEP dominated from the start of the match, leading the entire first set before taking it 25-14. In the second set, things were much tighter, with USF eventually gaining a 23-18 advantage and looking primed to tie the match up. UTEP scored eight of the final nine points in the set to take the frame, 26-24, to take complete control of the match.
In the third and final set, the Miners left absolutely no doubt. UTEP scored six of the first seven points of the set. The Bulls were never able to get closer than three points in the third set before the Miners sealed the deal with a convincing 25-13 score to secure the sweep.
As a team, UTEP hit a whopping .475 in the match while limiting USF to just .136 hitting. Alianza Darley led the Miners with 12 kills on .440 hitting, while Sakira Lacour and Danika Washington led the team defensively at the net with six and five blocks, respectively.