MINERS
Miners Dominate the Jackrabbits

Malia Patterson


Malia Patterson

Sept. 20, 2013

UTEP 3, SDSU 0 Get Acrobat Reader

The UTEP volleyball team defeated South Dakota State University 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 27-25) in its first match of the UTEP/NMSU Invitational on Friday.

The Miners were led by Xitlali Herrera with 16 kills, nine digs, and six block assists. Malia Patterson secured a match high 39 assists. Patterson also added seven digs and four block assists.

UTEP went on a 9-0 run in the first set to surge to a 19-9 lead.  The Miners broke a 12-12 deadlock in the second set with a 5-0 run. 

In the third set, the Miners rallied from a 16-14 deficit and took the lead for good, 26-25, on a service error by the jackrabbits' Courtney Roberts.  UTEP closed out the win on a kill by Lindsey Larson.  

The Miners will return to the court tomorrow at 2 p.m. (MT) to face off against Hampton University in their final match of the tournament.