Miners Fall to Southern Miss, 3-0
Oct. 21, 2011
EL PASO – Jacqueline Cason hammered a team-high 12 kills and Xitlali Herrera recorded a match-best five block assists, but it was not enough, as the UTEP volleyball team fell, 3-0 (25-22, 28-26, 25-22) to Southern Miss on Friday in Memorial Gym.
Cason committed just two errors in 24 assaults attempts to hit a stellar .417. Cason also chipped in with three block assists. UTEP (15-8, 5-5) combined for nine rejections compared with six of the Golden Eagles.
Malia Patterson recorded a double-double with 35 assists and 10 digs. This is Patterson’s eight double-double of the season.
USM’s (10-12, 4-6) Ashley Mell and Amelia Hendrickson each notched double-figure kills with 20 and 10, respectively. Mell also recorded 11 digs for the Golden Eagles only double-double.
The Miners struggled offensively, hitting .237 for the match including a .184 (12-5-38) clip in the third set. Southern Miss hit .248 for the contest.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 advantage. The Miners did not relent, as a pair of kills by Herrera and Bridget Logan and an attack error by Hendrickson gave the Miners a 3-2 lead. Southern Miss then went on a 7-1 run to make it 9-5. The Miners fought back to close the gap 17-20 with a block assists by Cason and Herrera, forcing a Golden Eagles timeout. Southern Miss went on to close the set 25-22 with a kill by Mell.
Down 1-0, UTEP came out with energy, as the frame saw 18 tie scores and six lead changes. An attack error by Hendrickson tied the set at 4-4. The two teams swapped points until a kill by Mell gave Southern Miss a 10-8 advantage. Down 12-14, the Miners pulled together a string of four consecutive points to take the lead 16-14. UTEP had the opportunity to close the set on two set points but a falter at the service line gave the Golden Eagles a 28-26 victory.
UTEP surged to a 3-1 lead to open the frame. Both teams battled for control of the frame but four consecutive attack errors by the Golden Eagles gave the Miners a 9-6 lead. Southern Miss chipped away at the deficit, embarking on a 7-2 run to take a 16-14 lead. A kill by Mell sealed the match at 25-22 to give the Golden Eagles the win.
The Miners return to action against Tulane on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 12 p.m.