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UTEP Athletics Update - September 14, 2009

Samantha Garza

Samantha Garza

Sept. 14, 2009

CROSS COUNTRY

Upcoming: The Miners will run in the Kachina Classic on Saturday in Las Cruces.

Looking Back: With the top five finishers, the UTEP women's cross country team posted a perfect score of 15 at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational for the first time in the meet's 24-year history. The men scored 24 points to win the event at the Santa Teresa Country Club on Thursday. Freshman Risper Kimaiyo led the Miner women, crossing the finish line in 16:07.21 to win her second consecutive race to start the season. Teammate Kathya Garcia ran a close second with a time of 16:07.70, with Jepchirchir Kigen following almost six seconds later (16:13.23). Rounding out the top five were newcomers Gladys Chumba (16:18.56) and Karina Garcia (16:20.49). Other finishers for the Miners were Kim Martinez (18:07.15) and Kitria Stewart (18:22.09). A trio of Miners contended for the men's individual title. El Paso Community College transfer Robert Menjo won the battle, finishing the 6.8K race with a time of 20:54.82. Pushing him to the end were Justice Chirchir and All-American Nicodemus Ng'etich. Chirchir took the silver (20:55.26), while Ng'etich captured the bronze (20:55.64). Aggrey Chirchir (21:33.35) and newcomer Solomon Gardea (21:58.96) also participated in the race for the Miners.

FOOTBALL

Upcoming: UTEP and NM State renew their I-10 rivalry on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Las Cruces. The Miners are seeking their first victory over the Aggies since 2006. UTEP holds a 49-35-2 advantage in the series. The last three games between the rivals have been decided by a total of 12 points. Overall the Aggies own a 19-15-1 edge in games played in Las Cruces. The home team has won 10 of the last 12 games in the series.

Looking Back: Todd Reesing passed for 260 yards, Jake Sharp ran for 104 and Dezmon Briscoe had 154 yards receiving as 24th-ranked Kansas cruised to a 34-7 win over UTEP on Saturday in the Sun Bowl. Holding a slim 3-0 lead through one quarter, Kansas exploded for 17 points in the second period to take a 20-0 advantage into the locker room. Down 34-0, UTEP got on the board with 12:39 remaining in the fourth period when Trevor Vittatoe threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Donavon Kemp. The Miners were limited to 208 yards of offense, including four rushing. Kansas was held in check for the most part in the first half, totaling 250 yards of offense. But the Jayhawks put up 326 yards in the second half while wearing down a UTEP defense that was on the field for nearly 20 minutes after the break.

MEN'S GOLF

Upcoming: UTEP joins the field of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate Oct. 5-6 in Palm Desert, Calif.

Looking Back: The Miners finished 17th in their first tournament of the season, the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, N.M. over the weekend. The Miners posted rounds of 305, 303 and 314 for a two-day total of 922. UNLV won the 17-team event (282-273-288-843), and had two players tie for the individual title - Derek Ernst (67-68-73-208) and Colby Smith (73-64-71-208). UTEP was led by senior Tanner Taff, who tied for 61st place with an 11-over-par 227 (77-72-78-227). Four UTEP freshmen participated in the tournament, with Jerry Castrellon tying for 69th place (76-79-74-229), Devin Miertschin tying for 75th place (74-75-82-231), David Persons tying for 96th place (78-78-82-238) and Chris Ortiz tying for 102nd place (84-78-80-242).

WOMEN'S GOLF

Upcoming: UTEP opens its season at the Ptarmigan/Ram Classic on Monday and Tuesday in Fort Collins, Colo. The Miners will also play in the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire tournament this weekend in Albuquerque.

2009-10 Preview: The Miners return intact from last season and will be looking to build on a fifth-place showing at the league tournament. The Miners have a couple of All-Conference USA selections in Deborah Martinez and Teresa Nogués, who was one of the league's top freshmen last season.

Martinez (77.8) and Nogués (77.7) had nearly identical stroke averages during the 2008-09 campaign, with Martinez recording three top-20 individual showings and Nogues finishing in the top 10 at three events.

Samantha Garza, Rosana Gomez, Stephanie Herrera, Shang-Fan Huang, Ana Pastor and Liz Sobczak all have extensive college playing experience, giving head coach Jere Pelletier as many options as he has had in his 16 years with the Miners.

RIFLE

Upcoming: UTEP continues to host the Great Southwest Invitational through Sept. 27.

2009-10 Preview: After finishing ninth nationally a season ago, the Miners come into the 2009-10 campaign loaded with ammunition. All-American Andrea Palafox and teammate Josie Burzynski look to lead the program to prominence once again after participating in the NCAA Rifle Championships last season. Also returning is UTEP's only senior, Morgan Glenn, and sophomore standout Alix Moncada, who stormed onto the scene at midseason as a freshman and shot an average of 585 in air rifle. Two new faces have been added to the roster -- Hanna Muegge and Xentri Garza.

SOCCER

Upcoming: UTEP (5-2) will take on Texas State on Sunday at noon in San Marcos.

Looking Back: UTEP defeated Sam Houston State and previously unbeaten Weber State over the weekend to repeat as Border Shootout champions. The Miners vaulted to a 1-0 lead 7:37 into the match on a goal by Tameka Sumter and never looked back en route to a dominating 3-0 defeat of Sam Houston State at a windy and rain-covered University Field on Friday. UTEP controlled every aspect of the match, outshooting SHSU 33-4 -- including 17-1 in shots on goal -- with Anoop Josan (56:51) and Tess Hall (87:16) contributing the other goals. On Sunday, the Miners turned in their most complete performance of the year in knocking off Weber State 2-1. Hall (15:25) and Chelsea Winbush (39:42) both scored, while Roxy Tebbs contributed the lone tally for the Wildcats (11:31). UTEP had a dominating 28-7 advantage in shots, including a 16-2 margin in shots on goal. Weber State dropped to 4-1 on the season with the setback.

TENNIS

Upcoming: UTEP will host the Miner Fall Invite this weekend in Las Cruces.

2009-10 Preview: UTEP's tennis program has made plenty of strides in recent years under the direction of head coach Jamie Campbell. UTEP will feature a young but talented squad in 2009-10, with senior Marina DeLuca stepping to the forefront. She will take aim at concluding her career with a third successive 20-win season in singles, something that has been accomplished by only one other player in program history.

Ximena Fuentes, who has been a steady player in her two years in the Sun City, will assist in the leadership department as the only other returning upperclassman.

Martina Trierweiler and Carolina DeLuca, the younger sister of Marina, both showed signs of greatness during their freshmen seasons. Each finished with winning records despite holding down the No. 2 and No. 3 slots in singles. El Paso product Carla Murguia returns as well. Campbell also inked three quality players to national letters of intent over the summer. Austin Lavallii (Mason HS/Mason, Mich.), and Veronika Makashov (Thornhill HS/Richmond Hill, Ontario,Canada) will enroll as true freshmen, while Alexandra Glebova will have two years of eligibility after starring at Florida Community College in Jacksonville, Fla.

VOLLEYBALL

Upcoming: UTEP (7-3) opens Conference USA play by hosting defending league champion Tulane on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Miners will also participate in the Arizona Invitational this weekend in Tucson, meeting New Mexico on Saturday (2 p.m.) and host Arizona on Sunday (noon).

Looking Back: The Miners posted a 2-1 record at the CEFCU Invitational over the weekend in Peoria, Ill. -- good enough to claim their second tournament title of the season. UTEP topped host Bradley 3-0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-15) to open the tournament on Friday. Amy Sanders (nine kills) led a balanced attack as four different UTEP players registered six kills or more. The Miners enjoyed a decisive advantage in hitting percentage (.274 to .085) and recorded 11 service aces, including three apiece from Patty Jarmoc and Sanders. UTEP split two matches on Saturday, falling in five sets to Montana State (25-20, 15-25, 18-25, 26-24, 12-15) before making quick work of Coppin State 3-0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-11). Sanders hit .400 with 14 kills and Jarmoc had 32 assists against Coppin State. UTEP's Aidan Mooney, who had 14 kills in the loss to Montana State, was named the tournament MVP and Jarmoc was appointed to the All-Tournament squad.

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