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Latvian Irbe Lazda begins to scratch surface of her immense talent for UTEP Miners

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Irba Lazda, the C-USA freshman of the week Bret Bloomquist, El Paso Times

There is a special moment of excitement in athletics when, for an extraordinarily talented young player, reality begins to line up with expectations.

Here is what should be even more exciting for the UTEP volleyball program: Their reigning Conference USA freshman of the week, Irbe Lazda, coming off a four-game weekend where at times she was dominant and got her name in the program record book, isn't all that close to that special moment yet.