UTEP Races Past FIU, 3-0
Oct. 6, 2013
EL PASO - The UTEP volleyball team (9-6. 3-1 C-USA) claimed its third Conference USA victory of the season over FIU (7-9, 1-3 C-USA) on Sunday at Memorial Gym.
The Miners outlasted the Panthers in three sets (29-27, 25-15, 26-24).
Malia Patterson secured UTEP's offense with 39 of the team's 48 assists. Herrera added depth on the defense as she led the team with five blocks (4s/2a).
UTEP took an early lead in the first set as freshman Sarah Villa posted two service aces in a 5-0 run for the Miners. The Panthers fought back with a 3-0 run putting them two points behind UTEP. A second 3-0 run for FIU would tie the score at 16. As both squads fought point for point, a 5-1 run captured the first set for the Miners as Nix hammered out back-to-back kills.
The Miners continued their momentum to the second set as they delivered a .419 hitting percentage while holding FIU's attack to .143.
UTEP set off the final set with a 2-0 run, but the Panthers responded with a 3-0 giving the Panthers a 5-3 lead. A 7-1 run extended FIU's lead to 12-8 forcing the Miners to a timeout.
A 6-2 run kept the Panthers in the lead as three UTEP errors kept the ball in FIU possession.
Still in the game, the Miners responded with a 5-1 run putting the score 20-22. Two consecutive FIU errors tied the set at 24. UTEP sealed the match with back-to-back kills put up by Lindsey Larson and Herrera to give the Miners a 26-24 victory over the Panthers.
The Miners begin a two-match road trip next weekend, taking on Middle Tennessee State on Friday at 6 p.m. MT and Southern Miss on Sunday at 12 p.m. MT.