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UTEP Volleyball to Host Intrasquad Scrimmage

Cassandra Burruel

Cassandra Burruel

Aug. 19, 2010

EL PASO - UTEP fans will get their first opportunity to see the 2010 edition of the UTEP volleyball team in its annual intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Memorial Gym. The event is free and open to the public with a meet and greet immediately following.

The Miners return two starters and five letterwinners from the 2009 squad and welcome six newcomers - one junior transfer and five true freshmen.

Highlighting the team is senior veteran Patty Jarmoc who enters her final campaign ranked fourth all-time in career assists with 3,187. The native from Calgary, Alberta, Canada needs 1,024 in 2010 to become UTEP's all-time career assists leader. She also enters the year rated fifth in career service aces with 110.


 

 

After making her debut a season ago, Cassandra Burruel led UTEP's defensive threat at the net, averaging 1.12 blocks per set (1.35 in league matches) in 2009 to rank fourth in Conference USA. Burruel will have the opportunity to take the offensive reigns, as all four of UTEP's top hitters from 2009 have exhausted eligibility. Burruel ranked fifth behind the foursome with 116 Ks.

Defensive standout Jennifer Nolasco returns for her senior campaign after posting a team-high 329 digs as a junior. She posted 15 double-digit dig performances including four 20-dig matches. She was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 28 after collecting a career-high 32 digs against Tulsa.

UTEP, who finished 11-18 (4-12 C-USA) a season ago, led their opponents in hitting percentage (.206), aces (131), digs (1425) and blocks (270). UTEP recorded the highest attendance in the league, gathering a collective audience of 12,635 including 7,246 in home matches.

The Miners begin their 2010 slate in Durham, N.C. on Aug. 27, when they take part in the Hilton RTP/NCCU Tournament.  UTEP welcomes I-10 rival NM State in its home opener on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Gym.

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