Tulsa Storms Past UTEP, 3-0
Oct. 29, 2010
TULSA, Okla. – The UTEP volleyball team fell to Tulsa, 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-12) at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on Friday.
The Miners fall to 12-12, 4-7 in C-USA while the Golden Hurricane (22-2) wins its 21st consecutive victory of the season and remains undefeated in league play at 12-0.
Tulsa’s Tyler Henderson was the only player with double-digit kills, posting a match-high, 23, for the night. The nation’s current kill leader, averaging 6.59 kills per set, also hit .463 for the contest and contributed five digs for the Hurricane.
The Miners held strong with the Hurricane in the first two sets, but in the end, Tulsa, who received 50 votes in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll, hammered 17 kills to UTEP’s six in the third frame to complete the sweep of the Miners.
Tulsa opened the contest with a trio of points to take the lead. UTEP remained close behind and rallied back from the deficit, scoring four consecutive points to go ahead of the Golden Hurricane, 8-6. Tulsa knotted the frame at 9-9, but the Miners maintained, taking a three-point advantage off a double block by Patty Jarmoc and Horton to take a 12-9 lead. UTEP held on, but a service error by the Miners tied the set at 13-13.
The two teams swapped points until TU’s Diana Silva laced a kill that opened a four-point run. UTEP’s Horton ripped the ball to end the sequence. Henderson fired back to stop the threat and she responded with back-to-back kills to finish the stanza at 25-20.
After hitting .220 in the first game, the Miners could not find consistency in their offense, registering a 0.062 (10-8-32) hitting efficiency in the second set.
The Miners reeled off three straight points to open the frame. The two teams rallied back-and-fourth until Silva notched a kill to give Tulsa the 7-6 lead. The Hurricane held the advantage and a kill by Kelsey Hancock gave TU control of the match heading into the break.
The Golden Hurricane unleashed its furry in the third frame, soaring to a 5-1 lead. TU pulled together another 5-0 string for the 15-6 advantage. The Golden Hurricane contained the Miners, allowing only one two-point rally (19-9 and 19-10) in the frame. Tulsa fashioned four kills of its final five points to end the contest with a 25-12 score.
The Miners look to rebound at SMU on Sunday before returning home for a four-match home stand starting with Southern Miss on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Gym.