Volleyball Drops Season Opener Against Fresno State, 3-2

J. Horton

J. Horton

Aug. 24, 2012

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Fresno State 3, UTEP 2

EL PASO- The UTEP volleyball team fell in five sets to Fresno State (25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 20-25, 11-15) on Friday at the El Paso Sports Commission Invitational at Memorial Gym.

Junior Jeane Horton led the Miners posting 17 kills on 30 attempts and zero errors. The outside hitter recorded a .567 hitting efficiency earning the top spot in the UTEP recordbooks in hitting percentage in five sets.

Setter Malia Patterson registered 47 assists and chipped in five block assists. El Paso native, Victoria Valencia tallied 18 digs and three services aces.

The Miners posted 59 kills, 52 assists, 44 digs and 15 blocks (4s/22a) it wasn’t enough to upset the Bulldogs who recorded 60 kills, 56 assists, 47 digs and 10 service aces.

Leading Fresno State was Marissa Brand with 21 kills, nine digs and two service aces.

UTEP ran away with a 10-3 lead going on a seven-point rally, off of three services aces from Valencia. The Bulldogs responded back posting three aces from Korrin Wild to make the set 10-7. The Miners answered back with a kill by Jacqueline Cason and an ace making the set 17-10, forcing a Fresno State timeout. UTEP quickly ran away with the lead and senior Cassandra Burruel sealed the set with two blocks and a kill.

The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 5-1 lead in the second frame with back-to-back kills from Megan Callahan. The Miners didn’t lose hope and back-to-back block assists from Xitlali Herrera and Cason tied the set 5-5.  Both teams battled for control of the set, but four consecutive points from Fresno State gave them an 18-12 advantage.  UTEP came back from the deficit going on a five point run with three kills from Logan, setting the score at 22-24. The Bulldogs would not back down and closed the set will a kill by Callahan.

Both teams struggled to take control of the third stanza but back-to-back block assists by Horton and Burruel, followed by a kill by Logan gave the Miners an 11-7 lead forcing a Bulldog timeout. Horton was unstoppable posting three kills to boost the Miners, 20-13. UTEP would not relent and back-to-back kills by Herrera gave the Miners the set, 25-19.

The Bulldogs went on a four point run with the help of Wild, who posed a kill and a block. The Miners called a quick timeout and battled for control of the set going on a run with back-to-back kill and a block, tying the set 17-17. Fresno State would not back down and sealed the set going on a 4-0 run. Wild hammered three consecutive kills and a block assists by Barbara Alcantara and Maci Murdock closed the set.

The Bulldogs wasted no time taking a 4-1 lead in the final set with a pair of kills by Murdock. The Miners took a timeout to help them regroup, both teams went back and forward. A ball handling error by Alcantara and a kill by Cason tied the set, 10-10. UTEP struggled to get past the Bulldogs and an attack error by the Miners gave Fresno State the win.

UTEP will take the court tomorrow at 1 p.m. against Idaho State and at 7:30 versus Arizona State at Memorial Gym.    




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