UTEP Falls to UTSA in Five Sets
Sept. 1, 2012
San Antonio, Texas – UTEP volleyball fell in five sets (25-23, 19-25, 11-25, 25-16, 13-15) to UTSA in the final day of the UTSA Classic in San Antonio, Texas.
The Miners got off to an early start going on a 6-1 run with back-to-back attacks by Herrera and Horton setting the score at 7-4. UTEP was unstoppable with Taylor Nix blasting three consecutive kills to put the Miners up 14-7. The Roadrunners would not relent and came back from the deficit with a series of UTSA kills forcing a UTEP timeout at 17-16. Both team battled for control but UTEP ultimately prevailed with an attack by Cassandra Burruel to close the set at 25-23.
UTEP got in full swing at the beginning of the second frame going on a 4-0 run off of back-to-back UTSA attack errors by McKenzie Adams. The Roadrunners battled back with two Miner attack errors and took the lead, 9-8 forcing a UTEP timeout. A UTSA error, a kill by Burruel and Nix put the Miners on the board, 11-9. UTSA would not back down going on a 6-1 run to take the lead at 20-16. The Roadrunners took the frame with two kills and two UTEP attack errors.
After getting off to a slow start, UTEP bounced back with a kill by Horton and a block assist by Jacqueline Cason and Burruel. UTSA fought back with back-to-back Roadrunner kills giving UTSA an 18-8 lead in the frame. The Miners were unable to recover and the Roadrunners went on a 7-1 run to seal the frame 25-11.
UTEP wasted no time with Bridget Logan and Herrera registering consecutive kills to give the Miners a 4-1 advantage in the fourth frame. UTEP held on to the lead for the first half of the set until a kill by Brittney Malloy put UTSA within one. The Roadrunners would come close but UTEP would not relent with back-to-back kills by Horton and Burruel giving the Miners a 19-15 lead. UTEP went on a 4-1 run and Cason hammered the ball to close the set at 25-16.
UTEP struggled at the beginning of the fifth frame but went on a 4-1 run with two kills and a block assists by Horton to tie the frame at 8-8 forcing UTSA to call a timeout. Both teams battled for control of the set but two kills by Malloy gave the Roadrunners a 12-11 lead. UTEP was not capable of stopping the UTSA attack and fell, 15-13.
The Miners will take on Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday at 6 p.m. (MT) in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.