UTEP Volleyball Set to Compete at UTSA Classic
Aug. 29, 2012
The UTEP volleyball team is set to compete at the UTSA Classic at San Antonio, Texas this weekend. The Miners (0-3) will open with Belmont at 11 a.m. (MT) on Friday and will close with host UTSA at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The squad will then match-up against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 6 p.m. on Monday at H.O. Clemmons Arena.
Paced by Jeane Horton and Xitlai Herrera, the Miners look to bounce back this weekend. Horton was named to the El Paso Sports Commission Invitational All-Tournament team after hammering 51 kills and posting a .417 hitting percentage. Herrera recorded 28 kills and 23 digs for the squad at the invitational.
Belmont Scouting Report
Series: First meeting.
Junior Jamie Lundstrom paces the Bruins’ defense, averaging 5.44 digs per set. The Libero was named OVC adidas Defensive Player of the Week after registering a career-high 22 digs against Alabama A&M. Lundstrom leads the Ohio Valley Conference with 49 digs.
UTSA Scouting Report
Series: The Miners hold the advantage, 21-9. The last time the two squared-off was in 2010 when UTEP defeated the Roadrunners 3-2 in the UTSA Classic. In that match the Miners registered 57 kills, 53 assists, 83 digs and 32 block assists. Jacqueline Cason hammered 12 kills, six block assists and hit a .393.
Junior McKenzie Adams leads the squad with 65 kills, 53 digs and 10 block assists. The outside hitter recorded her third double-double of the season with a match-high 15 kill and added 14 digs against Rice.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Scouting Report
Series: First meeting.
Lady Lions Notables
Preseason All-SWAC second team honoree, Alexis Lowe leads the Lady Lions. UAPB is under the direction of first year head coach Kyetta May, who was the former head coach at Kentucky State. May led the program to back-to-back Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships.
Miners in the Rankings
The Miners open the season ranked fourth in Conference USA in hitting percentage (.225), assists per set (11.75), kills per set (12.42) and blocks per set (2.17). The squad has compiled an impressive 149 kills, 141 assists, 26 blocks (5s/42a) and 16 aces. During the 2011 campaign, the Miners left their mark in the UTEP recordbooks, ranking fourth in season block assists (442).
Horton for the Kill
Jeane Horton was selected to the El Paso Sports Commission All-Tournament team after posting a season-best 21 kills and posted a .405 hitting percentage against Arizona State (8/25). The outside hitter didn’t stop there, hammering 17 kills with zero errors versus Fresno State (8/24). The junior recorded a .567 hitting efficiency, earning the top spot in the UTEP recordbooks in hitting percentage in five sets.
Jeane Horton had a stellar weekend tallying double-digit kill performance in all three matches at the El Paso Sports Commission Invitational. The junior is ranked first in Conference USA in hitting percentage (.417) and second in kills per set (4.25). The Fresno, Calif., native leads the team with 51 kills in 12 sets.Cant’ Get
The UTEP frontcourt looks to dominate its defensive effort once again in 2012. The Miners ended 2011 with a top-80 national ranking for the third consecutive season. The squad averaged 2.17 blocks per set this past weekend to rank fourth in Conference USA. Senior Cassandra Burruel is ranked fourth in the league averaging 1.25 blocks preset, while Xitlali Herrera is ranked ninth. Since Ken Murphy’s arrival, the Miners have averaged 2.26 blocks per frame compared with 1.9 in the five years prior. In fact, before Murphy, UTEP averaged 2.0 blocks per set or better just in just two (2005, 2003) of the five seasons prior to 2006.
Xitlali Herrera earned a spot in the 2012 Pre-Season Volleyball All-Conference USA team after a stellar season in 2011. Herrera became the fourth Miner in program history to be selected to the All-Conference first team with an impressive 384 kills, 121 block assists and a .321 hitting efficiency. The junior opened the 2012 season tallying 28 kills, 23 digs and 11 blocks (3s/12a). The junior is ranked third among UTEP’s single-season all-time block assists leaders with 121 recorded in 2011.
Season Block Assist
122 Cynthia Ruelas-Macias 1997
Cynthia Ruelas-Macias 1993
121 Xitlali Herrera 2011
111 Cynthia Ruelas-Macias 1996
109 Cynthia Ruelas-Macias 1994
103 Jacqui Nosan 2000
Setting the Court Straight
Junior Malia Patterson saw significant action a season ago, earning a spot in the UTEP recordbook with 1,230 season total assists. Patterson recorded 12 double-doubles during the 2011 campaign and posted a career-high 63 assists against Houston (10/30). The Hawaiian native currently ranks second in the league averaging 10.50 assists per set. The setter posted a season-best 47 assists and added five block assists against Fresno State on Friday.
SEASON TOTAL ASSISTS
1,356 Katie Smith 2006
1,282 Chris Brandl 1991
1,230 Malia Patterson 2011
1,145 Veronica Acosta 1997
1,112 Patty Jarmoc 2008
1,111 Krista Gronert 1999
Valencia Digs it
Victoria Valencia led the Miners defense as she took the court for the first time as the libero. The junior registered a career-high 22 digs against Arizona State (8/25) and chipped in an ace. Valencia is ranked third in C-USA in digs per set (4.50). The libero leads the team and ranks 12th in aces per set (0.33).
Return of Conference Tournament
After a two-year hiatus, the Conference USA Championship makes a return appearance. Tulsa will serve as host of the tournament on Nov. 16-18 at the Reynolds Center. This season the Miners will play four tournaments and 16 conference matches. The top teams will square off in the Conference USA tournament for a chance to become the C-USA Champions.