UTSA volleyball continues to struggle

Luke Lawhorn, Sports Editor

The UTSA volleyball team (7-14, 2-7 C-USA) was unable to match either of their opponents this past week, losing 3-0 at UTEP and 1-3 against FIU. The Roadrunners are on a five-game losing streak, including going 1-6 in the month of October. 

The ‘Runners first game came against UTEP (12-9, 6-2) where the Miners pulled off a sweep against UTSA. In the first set, UTEP came out and took an early lead, with it stretching to 13-7 before UTSA called a timeout. The Roadrunners were able to cut the lead, however, not enough to withstand a 9-2 run by the Miners to win 25-16. Cansu Günaydin led the ‘Runners with four kills, while the UTSA team had a combined 10 errors in the first set. 

UTEP took another early lead in the second set and took a 15-11 lead before the Roadrunners called another timeout. The Miners maintained control and won 25-18. To prevent being swept, UTSA came out in full force in the third set and took a 17-12 lead. After the Miners’ timeout, UTEP closed on a 13-6 run to pull off the sweep, winning 3-0. 

Günaydin and Hunter Coppola had eight kills each, while Mekaila Aupiu and Courtney Walters each had 11 assists. 

UTSA lost their fifth game in a row to FIU (6-16, 3-6) on Sunday, Oct. 23. The Panthers won the match 3-1, and passed the Roadrunners in the C-USA standings. The ‘Runners dropped the first set 25-20. The two teams tied four separate times; however, the game finished on a 5-0 run. The two teams tied four times again in the second set, but FIU pulled out with a 10-6 run to win 25-17. Walters had eight assists in the set. 

The ‘Runners prevented a sweep by winning the third set 25-19. UTSA went from a 10-9 lead to an 18-13 lead and was able to hold on for the win. Coppola led the Roadrunners with seven kills in the set. Unfortunately for UTSA, they would not force a fifth set and proceeded to lose the fourth set 25-20. Coppola had a season-high 15 kills in the match while Walters had 37 assists. 

UTSA will host Rice at the Convocation Center at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28.