MINERS
UTEP Falls to I-10 Rival NM State

Bridget Logan

Bridget Logan

Sept. 13, 2011

Box Score |  Photo Gallery Ivan Pierre Aguirre 

EL PASO – The UTEP volleyball team suffered its second straight loss of the season at the hands of I-10 rival NM State on Tuesday at the Pan American Center. The Miners fell 26-24, 25-23 and 25-18 and moved to 9-3 in the season.

NM State’s Meredith Hays posted a double-double with 13 kills and 10 digs. Setter Jennah DeVries tallied a match-high 34 assists.

Xitlali Herrera lead the Miners with 10 kills, five digs and three block assists. Following closely behind her was junior Bridget Logan with nine kills.

Errors were the Miners’ demise in the first set, committing nine attack miscues and four service errors, resulting in 13 unearned points for the Aggies.

NM State wasted no time, taking an early 2-0 lead off an attack error by UTEP’s Jeane Horton. The teams traded points throughout the first set.  The Miners found themselves down 24-23 following back-to-back Aggie kills. UTEP answered back with an attack off of Herrera for the kill and the tie, 24-24. Kelsey Brennan blasted the ball to take a 25-24 lead. An attack error gave the Aggies a 26-24 victory.

UTEP rallied back in the second set despite recording 11 kills to NM State’s 14. The Miners put in a solid front at the net, making four team blocks, with Taylor Nix and Cassandra Burruel leading the stops with three blocks assists each. UTEP pushed the Aggies to the edge once again coming back from a three-point deficit, 23-20. A pair of kills by Logan and Burruel along with a NM State error put the Miners within one at 24-23 before the Aggies sealed the 2-0 lead with a power tip from DeVries.

NM State took the momentum into the third stanza, leading 18-14, the Miners committed an attack error giving the Aggies three consecutive points to run up on the Miners 20-14. UTEP could not recover falling 25-18.

UTEP heads to Orlando, Fla. Friday, Sept. 16 to open Conference USA action against UCF.