UTEP Falls to San Diego
Aug 31, 2013
Honolulu, Hawai'i- The UTEP volleyball team fell, 3-1 (14-25, 25-22, 23-25, 20-25) to San Diego in the first day of the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
Xitlali Herrera led UTEP's attack with with her first double-doubleof the season with 15 kills, 12 digs while hitting .286. Outside hitter, Taylor Nix posted 11 kills while setter, Malia Patterson held 34 assists, which was the most from either team.
The Miners got off to a slow start with back-to-back attack errors giving the Toreros a 3-1 lead in the first set. Six more UTEP errors would keep San Diego in the lead, as the Toreros won the first set 25-14.
Still in the game, UTEP bounced back in the second set as a service ace by setter, Lindsey Larson tied the set, 5-5 . The Miners kept their momentum going as UTEP captured the lead as a USD attack error gave the Miners a 4-0 run. A kill by Nix would secure the second match for the Orange and Blue with a 25-22 win.
With the match score tied, UTEP took the lead in the third set with a kill by Herrera 3-1. But a kill from San Diego's middle hitter, Chloe Ferrari, and two Miner attack errors would put the Toreros in the lead, 6-3.
The Miners were still in the game with the help of two kills by Herrera and one by Nix kept UTEP close behind San Diego. A service ace by Victoria Valencia would once again tie the score 12-12. The Miners commanded the lead with a 6-1 run including a service ace from defensive specialists, Dayana Acevedo Rios, two kills from Herrera, and a kill by Talia Jones.
However, the Miners were not able to secure the edge for long as a kill by USD outside hitter, Taylor Hollins led to a Torero 6-1 run, giving San Diego a 21-20 lead. The two teams traded points over the next few positions. However, it would be a UTEP service error and a kill by Ferrari that would give the Toreros the set, 25-23.
The Miners struggled going into the fourth set as San Diego went on a 5-1 run. Still focused on the course UTEP would slowly chip away at San Diego's lead bringing the score to 19-18. Both teams battled for control of the set, but UTEP fell as San Diego captured the last four points.
The Miners will take the court again tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. (MT) versus defending national champion, Texas.