Miners Splits Matches at Razorback Invitational
Fayetteville, Ark. – Xitlali Herrera and Jeane Horton are named to the 2012 Razorbacks Invitational All-Tournament team as the Miners defeated Houston Baptist 3-0 before falling to Arkansas 3-1 on Saturday.
"Overall we had a good weekend," said head coach Ken Murphy. "We had a great week of practice and made a lot of progress as a team. We know that we still have things to learn and improve on, but we are seeing some good results from our hard work."
Herrera compiled 40 kills, 31 digs, 12 blocks (1s/11a) and recorded a .373 hitting percentage this weekend at the Razorback Invitational.
Horton lead the Miners attack hammering 45 kills, seven block assists, eight digs and hit a .309 percentage in this week’s matchups.
UTEP 1, Arkansas 3
The Miners fell to host Arkansas 3-0 (26-28, 22-25, 25-16, 17-25) at the Razorback Invitational on Saturday night.
Xitlali Herrera hammered a season-best 20 kills and recorded a .485 hitting percentage against the Razorbacks, while Jeane Horton posted 19 kills on 51 attempts. Setter Malia Patterson tallied her third double-double of the season with 44 assists and 10 digs.
"It was a really good battle tonight," said Murphy. "I thought we were physical and controlled a lot of things at the net."
The Miners had a strong start rushing to a 5-1 run led by back-to-back attacks by Herrera. The Razorbacks battled back but UTEP wouldn’t go down without a fight, as the Miners went on a 4-1 run with a kill by Horton, 10-7. Arkansas came back from the deficit but back-to-back attacks by Herrera gave UTEP a 15-14 advantage. The Miners threatened the Razorbacks multiple times but two consecutive kills by Jasmine Norton sealed the frame, 28-26.
Arkansas was up 4-2 to open the frame but back-to-back kills by Herrera tied the set, 4-4. The Razorbacks fought back and went on a 3-1 run forcing UTEP to call a timeout. The Miners would not give up surging to a 4-1 run with an ace. Both teams battled for control of the frame with a total of four ties. UA battled back and UTEP was unable to recover falling, 25-22 in the second set.
The Razorback took an early 8-4 advantage but a pair of kills by Herrera and Horton put the Miners within two. Both squads went back and forward until the Miners dominated a 5-0 run with three kills by Herrera and a block sending Arkansas to the bench for a timeout at 15-12. UTEP was unstoppable going on a 4-1 run with back-to-back attack errors by UA setting the frame at 24-15. A kill by Burruel gave UTEP the third set at 25-16.
UTEP got off to a slow start in the fourth frame but recovered going on 4-1 run off of an attack error by Jasmine Norton to tie the set 10-10. The squads switched points until the Razorbacks tallied a 4-1 run of their own to pull ahead 18-14.The Miners were incapable to come back from the deficit as Arkansas rallied a 5-1 run to close the match, 25-17.
UTEP 3, Houston Baptist 0
The Miners earned their fourth victory of the season defeating Houston Baptist, 3-0 on the second day of the Razorback Invitational on Saturday.
Xitlali Herrera registered her first double-double of the season with 13 kills and 11 digs. The junior didn’t stop there as she posted five blocks (1s/4a) and recorded a .333 hitting percentage against the Huskies.
Jeane Horton also had a stellar showing with a match-high 15 kills on 32 attempts and only one error. The junior hit a .438 percentage and added two block assists to lead UTEP past Houston Baptist.
The Huskies got off to an early lead in the first set, but three consecutive strikes by Horton tied the frame, 4-4. Both teams battled for control until UTEP surged to a two point advantage with a kill by Horton and a block assists by Cassandra Burruel and Jacqueline Cason forcing the Huskies to a timeout. The Miners would not let go of the lead the remainder of the frame, going on a 5-1 run powered by Herrera, who posted two kills and a block assist to close the set, 25-20.
UTEP struggled at the start of the second frame as the Huskies took a 10-4 lead with a sequence of kills. The Miners would not go down without a fight going on a 5-1 run to tie the set at 15-15. UTEP wasted no time as Burruel registered three strikes to give the Miners a 20-17 advantage. Houston Baptist responded with a 4-1 run but a kill by Herrera and a Huskies attack error sealed the frame, 25-23.
Both teams went back and forward until the Miners surged to a 4-1 run led by Horton, who hammered two kills to put UTEP up at 12-11. The Miners struggled to stop the Huskies attack and were forced to call a timeout to help them regroup. The timeout proved to be effective as UTEP went on a 3-1 run with a block assists by Cason and Burruel. The Miners posted back-to-back attacks to take the match, 25-23.
UTEP will take on C-USA opponent Tulane at the 2012 Kathy Trosclair Memorial on Sept. 13 at New Orleans, La.