Miners Suffer 3-0 Loss to SMU
Oct. 31, 2010
DALLAS, Texas – The UTEP volleyball team fell in three sets (25-22, 25-15, 25-23) to SMU at Moody Coliseum on Sunday. The Miners are now 12-13 and 4-8 in C-USA while the Mustangs improve to 19-5 and 11-2.
Stephanie Figueroa posted a match-high 22 digs for the Miners, her sixth 20-dig performance of the season, and freshman Malia Patterson claimed her first career double-double, collecting 36 assists and 10 digs in the contest.
M.T. Joyce and Cassandra Burruel each recorded nine kills for the Miners.
UTEP hit .202 as a team (41-16-124) and tallied 40 assists, two aces, 59 digs, and four total team blocks in the contest.
SMU’s Dana Powell and Jessica Oliver each produced double figures in kills with 11 and 10, respectively, and the Mustangs had three players in double-digits on the defensive end.
Trailing 2-0 from the start, the Miners tied at 5-5 off back-to-back rips from Burruel and Melissa Toth. The Miners mounted an assault as the Miners rattled off five points. Joyce, who blasted four kills in the push, lifted the Miners to 12-11. The Mustangs responded with four-straight points to retake the advantage but a service ace by the Miners’ Taylor Nix knotted the frame at 14-14. Nix blundered on the following attempt to give the Mustangs the lead. SMU hung on two win 25-22.
UTEP struggled on both sides of the ball in the second frame, as the defense allowed SMU to hammer 18 kills in the second set and UTEP’s offense recorded just eight and hit 0.088 in the stanza. The Mustangs galloped to a 6-2 lead and registered another 5-1 run to push the lead to 16-8 and held the advantage through the remainder of the set.
The Miners led 22-20 in the third frame, just three points from taking the set, when a UTEP service error, a kill by SMU’s Oliver and a double-block by the Mustangs’ Kathryn Wilkerson and Courtney Manning put SMU ahead at 23-22. SMU followed with an error at the service line to lift UTEP to 23, but a kill by Oliver and an ace by Susan Lewis sealed UTEP’s fate.
The Miners return home for a four-match home stand starting with Southern Miss on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Gym.