Oct. 23, 2009
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EL PASO – With a 3-0 sweep over the Memphis Tigers, the UTEP volleyball team snapped a six-match skid on Friday night at Memorial Gym.
“This was a really important match for us,” head coach Ken Murphy said. “We’ve been working so hard to get ourselves back on track, tonight we looked like ourselves again.”
Senior outside hitter Catherine Chavez once again led the Miners with a match-high 16 kills on a .324 clip. She was the only player to record double-digit kills for the night while adding seven digs and three blocks.
The Miners’ defense kept the Tigers out of the match forcing a .092 hitting percentage for the night. UTEP’s hitters combined for a .276 hitting percentage including a .417 to take the first set with a score of 25-18. Chavez recorded eight of her sixteen kills in the opening set waking up an offense that has been dormant through the past couple of matches.
“Catherine has played outstanding volleyball lately and she played great again tonight,” Murphy said of Chavez. “She killed the ball a lot of different ways and made it difficult to defend her. She also blocked and played great defense for us.”
After trading points to begin the second set and tied at 12, senior Amy Sanders fired an attack that deflected off a Memphis defender to give UTEP a 13-12 lead. Kills by Patty Jarmoc and Cassandra Burruel forced a Memphis timeout as UTEP went up 15-12. A Tiger kill and a pair of attack errors from each side of the net made the score 16-14, but two points was as close as Memphis would come as UTEP pulled away to four-point leads at 21-17 and 22-18. An Aidan Mooney kill and another one by Jarmoc laid out set point as UTEP took a 2-0 lead with a 25-19 win in the second.
In the third, UTEP used a five-point run to take a comfortable 12-7 lead and never looked back. The Miners led by as many as nine late in the frame. Leading 22-15, UTEP scored three consecutive points including the last two on Jennifer Nolasco aces to put the Tigers away 25-15.
“We were aggressive scoring points with our serve and we blocked a lot of balls,” said Murphy. “We also ran our offense very efficiently. Patty did a great job of locating her sets and distributing the ball to our hitters.”
Jarmoc handed out 32 assists and finished with six kills (.667) and six digs. Sanders blasted eight kills and six digs, while Mooney downed six balls, four blocks and three digs.
The Miners (10-13, 2-7 C-USA) will host UAB on Sunday at noon at Memorial Gym. The Blazers fell, 3-0, at Tulane on Friday night.