UTEP 3, WEBER STATE 2 (25-21, 26-28, 25-23, 34-36, 15-9)
EL PASO, TX – UTEP fought back after losing a long, pressure-packed Set 4 to polish off Set 5 and then outlast Weber State in their quarterfinal match of the 2021 NIVC.
The Miners (24-7) will host UNLV in a semifinal matchup on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 9 p.m. ET.
Alianza Darley’s kill finished off an 9-0 scoring run for the Miners to close out Set 1. Set 4 was a crazy back-and-forth affair; Patterson hit a big ace and some huge kills to get UTEP close, but a tip from Dani Nay and a kill by Makayla Sorensen gave the set to Weber State, 36-34.
Paulina Perez Rosas had 20 kills for UTEP, Patterson added 11 kills and six aces, Darley chipped in with 10 kills and Kristen Fritsche dished out 26 assists.
For the Wildcats (22-10), Rylin Adams had 22 kills and six aces. Big Sky Conference MVP Dani Nay added 19 kills, Emma Mangum had 11 kills, Ashlyn Power delivered 51 assists and Makayla Sorensen piled up 25 digs.