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UTEP Athletics Update - October 12, 2009

Devin Miertschin

Devin Miertschin

Oct. 12, 2009

CROSS COUNTRY

Upcoming: The Miners will run in the ISU Pre-Nationals on Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind. -- the site of the NCAA Championships in late November.

Looking Back: Freshman Risper Kimaiyo was UTEP's top finisher for the fourth consecutive meet as the Miner women finished fourth and the men seventh at the Bill Dellinger Invitational on the campus of the University of Oregon on Oct. 2. The Miner women scored 109 points behind three top ranked teams. Fifth-ranked Villanova took first place with 22 points, No. 2 Oregon was second with 41 points and 14th-ranked Baylor was third with 86 points. Kimaiyo finished the 5K race with a time of 16:46.58 for a seventh-place finish, breaking the 17-minute mark for the first time in her young career. Jepchirchir Kigen was the second finisher for the Miners for the first time this season, clocking in at 17:13.61 for 14th place. Kigen also posted a career-best, breaking the 18-minute mark in the 5K. Kathya Garcia was 23rd, recording a time of 17:29.13. Gladys Chumba was the fourth UTEP finisher for 32nd place (17:37.98), while Karina Garcia followed in 33rd with a time of 17:38.66. On the men's side, UTEP scored 196 points. All-American Nicodemus Ng'etich led all Miners with a 17th-place showing, posting a time of 24:04.37. Justice Chirchir clocked in at 24:38.85 (36th), Robert Menjo 45th (24:58.37), Elkana Rotich 24:59.22 (46th) and Felix Maritim 25:18.51 (52nd).

FOOTBALL

Upcoming: UTEP (2-4, 1-1 C-USA) hosts Tulsa on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN. All general admission tickets are $10, and all reserved seats are $15. Free Light-Up Thunderstix will be presented to the first 20,000 fans. Military Night and Breast Cancer Awareness Night will both be observed at the game. Free pink lapel ribbons will be presented to fans as they enter the stadium, the team will wear pink shoelaces, and the coaches will wear a special hat for breast cancer awareness.

Looking Back: Curtis Steele rushed for 240 yards as Memphis spoiled UTEP's bid for a fourth straight 2-0 start in Conference USA play with a 35-20 win over the Miners on Saturday in the Liberty Bowl. The Tigers broke out of their offensive funk with their tailback healthy for the first time in 2009. Memphis had scored 16 points or less in four of its first five games, the exception a 41-14 rout of UT-Martin. UTEP left at least three touchdowns on the field due to dropped balls and penalties. The Miners took a 3-0 lead on a 38-yard field goal by Logan Barrett three minutes into the game. But Memphis put together two touchdown drives before the first quarter was over and UTEP was playing catch-up the rest of the way. Despite their struggles in the first half, the Miners trailed only 21-13 at the break. And they were still within a touchdown after Trevor Vittatoe hooked up with Kris Adams for a 21-yard score with 9:06 to play. But Memphis answered with a six-play, 53-yard drive over two minutes and 47 seconds, capped by a nine-yard scoring run by Steele. Vittatoe finished with 319 passing yards after completing 21-of-40 tries.

MEN'S GOLF

Upcoming: UTEP will play in the Lone Star Invitational beginning on Sunday in San Antonio.

Looking Back: UTEP tied for 10th place at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate last week in Palm Desert, Calif. The Miners compiled a team total of 899 with rounds of 302, 293 and 304. Santa Clara won the 16-team tournament with 872. Wyoming's Gabe Maier was the individual champ, carding an eight-under-par 208. UTEP's Tanner Taff tied for 18th place (72-73-76-221), David Persons tied for 36th place (74-73-78-225), Devin Miertschin tied for 43rd place (74-76-76-226), Jerry Castrellon tied for 58th place (84-72-74-230) and Ross Rotwein tied for 81st place (82-75-79-236).

WOMEN'S GOLF

Upcoming: UTEP will play in the NM State Tournament Monday through Wednesday in Las Cruces.

Looking Back: Buoyed by a strong final round performance, UTEP took second place at the Bob Hurley Auto ORU Shootout last week in Tulsa. The Miners shot 310 as a team over the final 18 holes to finish with a total of 936 at the 54-hole event. UTEP's 310 on Tuesday tied for the low round of the day with Central Arkansas. Host Oral Roberts won the 13-team tournament by the slimmest of margins with a total of 935. The individual winner was Louisiana-Monroe's Angela Drane with an eight-over-par 224. UTEP's Rosana Gomez finished sixth (75-78-77-230), Deborah Martinez tied for ninth place (75-80-78-233) and Liz Sobczak tied for 22nd place (77-85-78-240). Teresa Nogués (83-81-77-241) and Shang-Fan Huang (84-77-80-241) tied for 26th place.

RIFLE

Upcoming: The Miners will shoot at Air Force on Saturday.

Looking Back: Alix Moncada posted her second consecutive stellar performance, shooting a career-high 594 in air rifle, but the Miners fell at Nevada, 4610-4590 on Saturday. Moncada was also the team leader in smallbore with 581. Led by Moncada, the Miners continued to dominate the air gun, recording a 2332 team score. Andrea Palafox was also a standout, registering a 587. Morgan Glenn ended with a season-high 579 and Josie Burzynski finished the day shooting 571. UTEP was tripped up in the smallbore portion of the competition, as Nevada fired an aggregate of 2328 -- 100 points higher than the Miners.

SOCCER

Upcoming: UTEP (10-4, 4-2 C-USA) hosts Marshall on Friday (7 p.m.) and East Carolina on Sunday (noon).

Looking Back: The Miners completed a demanding four-match road swing with a 2-2 record, losing to UCF, 3-2, on Friday before rebounding to secure a 1-0 win at Southern Miss on Sunday. UTEP's Tameka Sumter notched her 40th career goal to erase a 2-1 halftime deficit, but No. 16 UCF prevailed, 3-2, on the strength of a penalty kick goal by Becca Thomas in the 55th minute. Katie Dorman headed home a service off a corner kick from Tess Hall in the 78th minute to lift the Miners past Southern Miss. The win for the Miners secures a school-record eighth straight year with at least 10 victories.

TENNIS

Upcoming: UTEP will participate in the ITA Southwest Regional beginning on Friday in Waco, Texas.

Looking Back: The Miners competed at the Stephen F. Austin Invite Oct. 2-3, helping comprise a massive field consisting of Lamar, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, Sam Houston State, the homestanding Ladyjacks, Texas State and Tyler Junior College. The Miners were led by third-place outcomes from Marina DeLuca and Alexandra Glebova. DeLuca, who was competing in her first event of the year, played well en route to a team-best 2-1 record at the event. Glebova started slowly but picked up steam, culminating with a three-set defeat of Maartje de Wit from La. Tech. She fell in the first set, 6-2, before rallying to take the second set by the same score and the super tiebreaker, 10-8. Other notables for UTEP included freshman Veronika Makashov securing her squad-leading fifth win of 2009. Makashov has forged a mark of 5-2 in two events this year. Ximena Fuentes, Austin Lavallii and Carla Murguia were also in action at the event, with each picking up at least one win. Carolina DeLuca did not play in singles, but teamed with her elder sister, Marina, to go 2-1 in doubles action.

VOLLEYBALL

Upcoming: UTEP (9-11, 2-5 C-USA) will play at East Carolina on Friday and at Marshall on Sunday.

Looking Back: UTEP fell 3-1 to UCF on Friday and Southern Miss on Sunday, both at Memorial Gym. Catherine Chavez (12 kills) and Amy Sanders (10 kills) recorded double-digit kills in the Miners' 25-18, 25-27, 25-18, 25-19 setback to the Knights. Patty Jarmoc finished the night with 36 assists while contributing nine kills and six digs. Chavez posted her 1,000th career kill on Sunday as UTEP lost to Southern Miss. The Miners won the first set 25-18 before dropping the last three 25-20, 25-21, 25-21. Chavez entered the match needing 17 kills to become only the eighth player in UTEP history to reach 1,000. The El Paso native recorded her second consecutive double-double and seventh of the season with 17 kills and 12 digs. Sanders posted match highs with 20 kills and 17 digs. UTEP received double-digit dig efforts from Jennifer Nolasco and Stephanie Sierra with 13 and 14, respectively.

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