UTEP Volleyball Clips Tulane, 3-2
Oct. 23, 2011
EL PASO - The UTEP volleyball team (16-8, 6-5) went down to the wire before pulling out a five-set victory over Tulane, defeating the Green Wave, 3-2 (25-19, 25-15, 21-25, 17-25, 15-13). Sophomore Jeane Horton set a career-high 22 kills and recorded a .500 hitting percentage in the win. Herrera put together her ninth double-double of the season with 15 digs and 12 kills.
The Miner attack did not stop with the trio of Herrera, Horton and Logan leading the way. UTEP hit a .315 hitting percentage, holding the Green Wave to a .268 clip.
For the second consecutive match, the Miners got off to a slow start in the opening set and fell behind 2-8. But UTEP regrouped and put together a five-point rally on the strength of kills by Horton and a trio of Tulane attack errors, tied the set 8-8. The two teams swapped points until back-to-back Green Wave errors gave the Miners a 19-15 lead, forcing a Tulane timeout. Both teams continues to battle for control but UTEP did not relent with a block by Jacqueline Cason and a pair of kills by Cassandra Burruel gave the Miners a 25-19 victory.
UTEP took early control of the second set, jumping out to a 5-1 lead. The Miners extended the lead and put together a four-point push with a pair of kills from Horton, a service ace and a kill from Herrera, giving UTEP a 19-12 lead and forcing a Green Wave timeout. The Miners were unstoppable, pulling together another string of points with a kill by Marie-Therese Joyce and a service ace by Stephanie Figueroa taking a 24-14 lead. Bridget Logan hammered the ball home to seal the set for UTEP, 25-15.
In a closely contested third set, UTEP again used the serve of Logan to gain control of the set, 5-4. A service error by Milica Jovic tied the set at 11-11 but the Miners answered back with a 4-2 run. The Green Wave rallied back, knotting the set at 19-19. A kill by Azarri Badawi gave Tulane a 22-20 lead. The Green Wave was able to get another point off a kill by Cori Martone and a block by Anna Wruck gave Tulane a 25-21 victory.
Tulane established itself early in the fourth stanza, as the Green Wave surged to a 10-6 lead. Down 9-11, UTEP chipped away at the deficit to come within one at, 11-12. But the Green Wave was able to ride a 7-1 surf to go ahead 24-16. Tulane held on to the lead and a kill by Martone gave the Green Wave a 25-17 victory.
UTEP came out swinging in the final set taking a 3-1 lead with a kill by Logan. UTEP surged on a 4-1 run with a service ace by Rachael Scott to take an 8-4 lead. Tulane came back with a 3-1 run forcing the Miners to call a timeout. UTEP came out firing and Herrera hammered the ball giving the Miners a 14-12 lead. A kill by Horton ended the threat as the Miners took the match, 15-13.
The Miners return home to face Rice on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Gym.