UTEP Victorious Over Middle Tennessee, 3-1
Oct. 11, 2013
Murfreesboro, Tenn. - The UTEP volleyball team (10-6, 4-1 C-USA) claimed its third consecutive Conference USA victory over Middle Tennessee (10-7, 2-2 C-USA) on Friday as the Miners outlasted the Blue Raiders in four sets (25-22, 17-25,25-12, 25-22).
UTEP was led by Xitlali Herrera who commanded 19 kills, earning her a .485 attach percentage. The senior also posted seven digs and one solo block.
UTEP took an early lead in the first set as consecutive kills delivered by Herrera sparked a 5-0 run for the Miners. Maintaining the lead, the Orange and Blue captured the first set off a kill by Herrera.
Still in the game, the Blue Raiders took the lead of the second stanza with a 5-0 run of their own, forcing UTEP into a timeout. Middle Tennessee held on to its lead as three consecutive Miner errors brought the score 10-3.
Keeping UTEP at a .000 hitting percentage, the Blue Raiders won the second set tying the match, 1-1.
Looking to regain their momentum, the Miners opened the third set with a 6-0 run. The Miners would go on to win the third set as they hit .450 and held Middle Tennessee at -.065.
Both teams fought point for point going into the fourth set. The score would tie six times but a 4-1 run gave the Miners the lead. Herrera secured the final set for the Miners as she hammered out her 19th kill of the night off a set from Patterson.
The Miners will round out this weekend in Hattiesburg, Miss. as they take on Southern Miss on Sunday at 12 p.m. MT.