UTEP is Held Off at Tulane, 3-1

Talia Jones

Sept. 29, 2013

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New Orleans, La. - Senior Xitlali Herrera and sophomore Talia Jones registered match-highs, but it wasn't enough as the Green Wave defeated the Miners, 3-1 (20-25, 20-25, 25-16, 22-25) on Sunday.

UTEP was led by Herrera and Jones, who each had 14 kills. Malia Patterson had a team-high 38 assists.

UTEP (7-6, 1-1 C-USA) recorded eight total net stoppers as the Miners out blocked the Green Wave, but it wasn't enough as Tulane pounded 59 kills.

 Tulane took a two point lead in the first set as a block by Sarah Strasner and Tea Juric capitalized off a UTEP attack error. Both squads went point for point as the Miners kept close behind the Green Wave. A 5-1 run by Tulane gave the Green Wave a 16-11 lead. A kill by Annie Shurtz capitalized off a 5-2 run for Tulane to win the set for the Green Wave.

The Miners took a 5-1 lead in the second set forcing Tulane into a timeout. Relentless Tulane went on an 8-0 run capturing the lead from UTEP.  A 4-2 run secured the set second for the Green Wave.

UTEP dominated the third set as they delivered a .400 hitting percentage while holding Tulane at .156. An 8-0 run captured the set for the Miners, 25-16.

The Orange and Blue delivered 17 kills to Tulane's 13 in the fourth set, but 9 UTEP errors gave the finale set to the Green Wave, 25-22.

The Miners will return to the court Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. (MT) with the first conference home match against Florida Atlantic.




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