UTSA completes sweep of Florida International and Florida Atlantic

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On Friday, Oct. 4, the UTSA Roadrunners (12-6, 4-0 C-USA) won all three sets (25-16, 25-23, 25-19) against the Florida International Golden Panthers (FIU) at the Convocation Center.

Senior Mckenzie Adams totaled 16 kills and senior Brandy Huskey had 28 assists to help UTSA head coach Laura Neugebauer-Groff secure her 200th career-victory.

In the first set, both teams traded points to a 7-all tie until the Roadrunners went on an 18-9 run, resulting in a win and one-match lead.

On the strength of the first set win, UTSA opened the second set with a 10-3 lead. But the Golden Panthers answered and cut the lead to 19-18. The Roadrunners were able to stay in the game with a narrow 6-5 run to end the set.

UTSA would battle from behind in the final set and hold FIU scoreless through the final six points.

“The game went really well, obviously,” Adams said after the game. “We still have some things to improve.”

The Roadrunners finished up their weekend home stand with a second sweep (25-22, 25-19, 25-11) over C-USA foe Florida Atlantic University Owls (FAU).

UTSA started out slowly and found themselves down 13-15 in the first set. A quick serve fault and a kill by freshman Dajana Boskovic sparked an eight-point streak by the Roadrunners. The Owls bounced back and tied the game at 22-all, but UTSA scored three straight points to gain a first set victory.

After a six-point set two victory, UTSA swiftly defeated FAU by 14 points in the final set to end the weekend undefeated.

Neugebauer-Groff was extremely pleased with her team’s total performance, as they have now won four consecutive games.

“I feel great,” she said. “We just have to take each team one match at a time. I think our team did a great job.”

The Roadrunners head out on a two-game road trip to face the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (10-8, 1-2 C-USA) on Friday, Oct. 11, and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (10-6, 2-1 C-USA) on Sunday, Oct. 13.