UTEP Volleyball Continues on the Road

M. Patterson

Oct. 10, 2012

Game Notes

The Last Meeting
November 20, 2011
Tulsa, Okla.
Tulsa Races Past UTEP, 3-0
Conference USA champion Tulsa blew past the UTEP volleyball team, 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-18) on Sunday in Reynolds Center.

The Last Meeting
November 18, 2011
Dallas, Texas
UTEP Falls at SMU, 3-0
UTEP libero Stephanie Figueroa picked up a match-high 16 digs, Xitlali Herrera posted a team-high 11 kills and Jeane Horton hammered 10 kills, but in the end SMU won a defensive struggle, 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 25-23), in Moody Collseum on Friday night.

UTEP volleyball will travel to Norman, Okla. to take on No. 1 in Conference USA Tulsa at 6 p.m. (MT) on Friday. The Miners will then challenge SMU at 12 p.m. on Sunday.

UTEP (11-8, 5-2 C-USA) split the weekend action as they fell short against Rice, 3-0 and ran past Houston, 3-0 this past weekend. The Miners have continued to shine this year as they earned their first road victory against the Cougars.

Juniors Jeane Horton and Malia Patterson are on a roll as they dominated on the court this past week. Horton two double-digit kill performance, hammering  15 against Rice and Houston. Patterson recorded a pair of match-highs with 35 and 32 assists versus the Owls and Cougars, respectively.

Tulsa Scouting Report
Series: The Miners hold a 27-22 advantage over the Golden Hurricane after Tulsa swept UTEP in last year’s meetings. Xitlali Herrera and Jeane Horton led UTEP’s offense against Tulsa. Herrera recording five kills, three block assists and hit .250 for the match, while Horton posted a team-best 10 kills and added two blocks (1s/1a). Setter Malia Patterson registered a double-double with 24 assists and 13 digs. The Golden Hurricane out hit the Miners tallying 47 kills and a .309 hitting percentage.  

Golden Hurricane Notables
Tulsa comes into the match ranking first in Conference USA with a 13-8 overall record, including 6-1 in the league. The Golden Hurricane are led by Tyler Henderson, who registered a match-high 20 kills against UCF but it wasn’t enough as Tulsa earned their first conference lose of the  season this past weekend. Henderson is ranked second in the nation and first in C-USA for kills per set (5.22). The senior also knows how to stop some balls tallying 39 blocks (3s/36a) for the squad this season. Tulsa is ranked first in C-USA in kills (14.58), assists (13.47) and digs (17.70). The Golden Hurricane defense is led by senior Jessica Adams. The libero has posted 410 digs during her 2012 campaign and has earned the No. 1 spot in the league for digs.

SMU Scouting Report
Series: The Mustangs come into the weekend with a 19-7 record against the Miners. UTEP split the matches against SMU in 2011. In their first meeting Sophomores Jeane Horton and Jacqueline Cason registered career-highs of 17 and 14 kills, respectively as the UTEP volleyball team claimed its first Conference USA victory of the season over SMU. In last the squads second meeting, Xitlali Herrera posted a team-high 11 kills and Jeane Horton hammered 10 kills, but in the end SMU won a defensive struggle, 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 25-23), in Dallas, Texas.

Mustang Notables
SMU is ranked fourth in C-USA in kills per set (12.60), second in service aces (1.33) and seventh in assists (11.64). Courtney Manning leads the team recording a .328 hitting efficiency and checks in at No. 3 in conference in this category. The senior has posted 145 kills, 60 blocks (6s/54a) and 27 digs this season. Sophomore Caroline Young is ranked first in the league averaging 0.39 aces per set. Young also knows how to pound the ball hammering a total of 229 kills for SMU. The Mustangs have tallied 882 kills, 815 assists, 1,029 digs and 147.5 blocks (20s/255a) during their 2012 campaign.
Miners in the Rankings
The Miners continue to excel earning the No. 1 spot in Conference USA in blocks per set (2.47) and hitting percentage (.245), while ranking third in assists per set (12.49) and kills per set (13.66). The squad has compiled an impressive 929 kills, 849 assists, 168 blocks (37s/262a) and 70 aces.

Nationally, UTEP is ranked in the top-75 in two categories; hitting percentage (47th), blocks per set (54th) and kills per set (66th). The Miners also check in 85th in assists per set.
Horton on Track for Huge Season
Jeane Horton has already hammered 301 kills this season. If she can maintain her current pace, she would finish second all time at UTEP in kills in a single campaign.

The outside hitter is one of two Conference USA players ranked in the top-20 in the nation for kills per set. The junior checks in at 18th in the nation averaging 4.43 kills per set. The Fresno, Calif., native is the only player to rank in the top-10 in conference in hitting percentage (6th) and kills per set (2nd).

Patterson Powers
Malia Patterson has shown to be a force not only as a setter but her defensive strives have proven to be effective as well in 2012. The junior has executed six double-doubles this season. The setter continues to maintain the No. 2 spot in the conference rankings for assists per set (10.86). The junior has tallied 11 service aces surpassing her mark from last season were she posted five. Patterson can also protect the net as she adds 34 block assists breaking her 2011 season record of 30.

C-USA Taking Notice
UTEP has earned five Conference USA Athlete of the Week honors this season. Xitlali Herrera is the only Miner to earn the leagues defensive award (9/10) and offensive award (10/1) as UTEP is 5-2 in conference play. The middle blocker has had a stellar season as she recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 15 kills and 11 digs against I-10 rival NM State (9/26). The junior also led the team past Houston (10/7), as she pounded nine kills, 11 digs, two block assists and hit a .300 clip.

Malia Patterson has been recognized by the league twice this season receiving C-USA setter of the week honors (9/24 & 10/1). The junior contributed 56 assists and eight digs versus the Aggies. Patterson tallied 35 assists, nine digs, two block assists and two kills versus the Cougars.

Jeane Horton was named offensive player of the week (9/24) leading the Miners’ attack with a match-high 21 kills on 30 attempts with only two errors as UTEP defeated Southern Miss (9/23). The junior posted 30 kills averaging 5.00 kills per set this past weekend.

 Juniors Leaving Their Mark
Juniors Xitlali Herrera and Jeane Horton have dented the UTEP recordbook this season.

Herrera continues to leave her mark in the school annals. The middle blocker earned the fourth all-time spot in the recordbook in hitting efficiency in three sets as she registered a .647 hitting percentage against UAB (9/28). Previously, the Mexican native also posted 16 kills on 24 attacks with three errors versus Southern Miss (9/23). She recorded a .542 efficiency to rate fourth all time for hitting percentage in four sets.
Also checking in the category is Horton, who hammered 21 kills on 30 attempts with only two errors against the Golden Eagles. The outside hitter registered a .633 percentage to rank second in the classification.

The X-Factor
Xitlali Herrera is an all around player, earning spots in three categories in Conference USA only matches rankings. The junior is ranked second in hitting percentage (.362), fifth in blocks (1.25) and ninth in kills (3.29). The middle blocker has contributed four double-doubles this season for the Miners. Herrera is second on the team in five categories; kills (208), blocks 69 (11s/58a), digs (176), service aces (12) and hitting efficiency (.308).

Cant’ Get Through Here
UTEP’s frontcourt is dominating defensively through 19 matches in 2012. The squad is ranked first in blocks per set in Conference USA and 54th nationally (2.47). Senior Cassandra Burruel is ranked third in the league and 59th nationally averaging 1.25 blocks per set, while Xitlali Herrera checks is ninth at 1.01. The Orange and Blue are known for defensive prowess. Since Ken Murphy’s arrival, the Miners have averaged 2.26 blocks per frame compared with 1.9 in the five years prior. Additionally, UTEP has strung together three straight top-80 finishes nationally.

Burruel for the Block
Cassandra Burruel is on a tear in 2012. The senior has crushed her 2011 block total (24) by registering 85 thus far. In fact, she is on pace to have the third most block assists in a single season at UTEP. The senior checks in at No. 3 in Conference USA in blocks per set 1.25. The middle blocker posted her second double-digit block effort with 10 (1s/9a) against Southern Miss (9/23). She also added eight kills in the match-up. Burruel has tallied a total of 116 kills this season and ranks 13th in the league’s charts in hitting percentage averaging  .279. 



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