Miners Face Setback; Fall To Memphis, 3-0
Sept. 21, 2007
EL PASO, Texas - The UTEP volleyball team dropped its second conference match of the season, as Memphis defeated the Miners, 3-0 (30-28, 30-24, 30-18) on Friday at Memorial Gym. The Miners fall to 6-7, 0-2 in Conference USA play, while Memphis moves to 12-4, 2-0 in league action.
UTEP hit .180 for the match and combined for 44 kills. Memphis recorded just one kill more than the Miners at 45, but was more effective in landing the point, as they posted a .330 hitting efficiency for the match. The Tigers put up 11 blocks to UTEP's seven, but serves were the factor, as UTEP turned over 14 points to Memphis on errors.
The first game saw 13 tied scores and five lead changes as UTEP hit .347 and hammered 22 kills to Memphis' 16, but six service errors proved to be the Miners' demise, falling short, 30-28.
UTEP came out strong and competitive opening the match with a 4-1 run that included three kills and an ace. The Tigers held close, but UTEP posted another series of kills to take a 9-5 lead. A service error gave Memphis the sideout and three points later, the game was a one-to-two point difference.
UTEP took a 27-26 advantage. A kill by Memphis' Shelby Burton followed by a block put the Tigers ahead, 28-27. A slam by Aidan Mooney left the two teams knotted at 28 when a kill by Ashley Liford and a bad set by the Miners gave Memphis the first game.
Memphis started the second frame with five and six point runs to take a 10-3 lead. Despite five service errors in Game 2, UTEP was able to come within two points backed by the strong serves of Sanders and Elsa Reyes who used two aces to put the Miners within two at 24-22. The Tigers had all the momentum and utilized a blocking error and a service ace to take the second game, 30-24.
By the third game, UTEP saw it's momentum deflated, as the Miners went from hitting .347 in Game 1 to .273 in Game 2 and finished with -.100 in the third game. They pounded 22 kills in the first frame and ended landing just eight in the third. Memphis took the third game, 30-18 for the 3-0 sweep.
UTEP heads to Birmingham, Ala. to take on UAB on Sunday. They return home for a two game series against SMU and Tulsa, Sept. 28 and 30.