Miners Fall in Three to Memphis
Nov. 21, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The UTEP volleyball team surged to a 7-1 lead in the first set but could not hang on, as Memphis charged back to take the Miners in three sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-20) on Sunday in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse in Memphis.
The Miners fall to 12-19 overall and 4-14 in C-USA while Memphis improves to 16-14 and 7-11.
UTEP’s net defense highlighted the match, as the Miners posted 10 blocks to Memphis’ two. In on the stops was Jeane Horton who posted a match-best seven rejects. Horton also contributed three of the Miners’ 34 kills of the day.
Bridget Logan posted a team-best 12 kills and hit .333 in the contest and Cassandra Burruel chipped in eight kills and hit a .462 clip. Malia Patterson dished out 28 helpers and Stephanie Figueroa and Logan posted eight digs each.
Memphis held a slight advantage in kills (38-34), hitting percentage (.250-.242) and digs (36-31). The Tigers laced 11 aces and UTEP committed 11 errors at the service line for a total of 22 points for the Tigers.
The Miners produced double-digit kills in all three sets and hit a respectable .241 and .344 in the first and third sets respectively with their weakest performance coming in the second frame when they hit .133.
The Tigers came out swinging in the first stanza, blasting to a .433 hitting efficiency with 16 kills in 30 attempts with just three errors. The Miners were able to hold Memphis under .200 in the second and third frames but the Tigers were able to claw their way for the victory.
The Miners return to the friendly confines of Memorial Gym for its final home match of the 2010 campaign when they take on UCF at 7 p.m. in Memorial Gym. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children (ages 12 and younger). Seniors Jennifer Nolasco and Kyla Muela are to be honored.