UTEP Volleyball Defeats East Carolina

Marie-Therese Joyce

Nov. 11, 2011



EL PASO – A strong defensive presence helped the UTEP volleyball team defeat East Carolina 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-23) on Friday in Memorial Gym.

Jeane Horton finished the night with a match-high 13 kills, in addition to three blocks. Xitlali Herrera also had a stellar performance with 11 kills, five digs and two service aces. Malia Patterson wrapped up the night recording 39 assists and two service aces. Senior Stephanie Figueroa registered a match-high 20 digs.  

The Miners (18-11, 8-8) defense held the Pirates (2-23, 0-16) to a .151 hitting percentage, while UTEP combined for .296 hitting efficiency and registered a .375 hitting percentage in the second frame.

A ball handling error by ECU put the Miners on the board first and set the tone for the set. With the game even at 3-3 UTEP went on a 5-1 run to take a 3-8 advantage. The Miners went on another run with back-to-back kills by Herrera to take a 13-6 lead. ECU tried to rally back but the Miners would not relent going on a 4-1 run with a pair of kills by Herrera and a block assists by Horton and Marie-Therese Joyce, forcing a Pirates timeout. Both teams went back and forward before the Miners struck with a pair of kills by Joyce and Logan closing out the first set, 25-15.

ECU jumped out to an early 6-3 lead in the second frame behind a kill from Kasey Kavanaugh and a UTEP attack error. The Miners fought back with back-to-back kills by Horton to tie the set at 6-6. UTEP went on a 6-1 run off a Pirates attack error, forcing an ECU timeout. UTEP would prevail with a block assists by Esther Warren and Cassandra Burruel giving the Miners a 25-14 victory.   



Set three began the same was as the second frame, with an early Pirates lead but the Miners quickly answered back and scored two straight points to go up 2-1. Both teams battled for control but a service error by Kelly Derby would tie the set at 15-15. The Miners began making their move, putting together a 6-1 run featuring a kill by Horton. UTEP stayed strong and took the set, 25-23.

The Miners will take on Marshall on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 12 p.m. in Memorial Gym. 

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