The UTEP volleyball team defeated the Tigers in a five set match (24-26, 25-18, 25-14, 20-25, 15-12) in Memorial Gym on Friday.
The Miners improved to 14-5 overall and 4-2 in C-USA, while the Tigers moved to 14-5 and 3-3 in league action.
Bridget Logan had a stellar performance posting 17 kills. Logan also registered four blocks (1s/3a) and a .371 hitting percentage.
Xitlali Herrera hammered 16 kills, 11 digs, eight block assists, and registered a .483 hitting percentage.
Jeane Horton also chipped in with 12 kills, four digs, and seven blocks (2s/5a).
In the first set, both teams battled back and forth without ever exceeding a run higher than two points. The Miners took their first lead of the game 11-10 with a kill by Logan. As both teams continued to battle for control, a block assists by Horton and Marie-Therese Joyce gave UTEP a 20-17 lead. UTEP then went on a 4-0 run forcing Memphis to call a timeout. As the run continued the Miners climbed their way back to tie the set at 24-24 as Herrera hammered the ball. Memphis then took the set after back-to-back attack errors committed by Horton.
The Tigers took a 3-2 edge in a second set, but the Miners didn’t panic. Rather they countered with a pair of kills by Herrera and an attack error by Altrese Hawkins, taking a 5-4 lead. Memphis trimmed the deficit to one on three occasions, but the Orange and Blue never gave up as Herrera hammered home a kill to give the Miners a 15-14 lead. UTEP continued to play well as the set wore on, never relinquishing its edge. Jacqueline Cason sealed the set with a kill to give the Miners a 25-18 victory.
The Tigers could not find consistency in their offense, registering a .085 hitting efficiency in the third frame.
The Miners unleashed its fiery, soaring to a 5-0 lead. UTEP contained Memphis, allowing only one two-point rally (7-2, 7-3) in the frame. An attack error by Altrese Hawkins ended the contest with a 25-14 score.
Memphis opened the contest with a 3-1 lead. The Tigers pulled together another 3-0 string to take a 8-4 lead. Memphis held the advantage, and a bad set by Joyce gave the Tigers control of the set.
Memphis opened the final frame with a trio of points to take the lead. UTEP remained close behind and rallied back from the deficit, scoring five consecutive points to go ahead of the Tigers, 8-7. Memphis knotted the frame tying it at 11-11, but the Miners, doing what do they best closed out the five set match with three consecutive block assists by Herrera, Logan, and Cason to end the set at 12-15.
The Miners will take on the Tigers tomorrow at 7 p.m. in Memorial Gym.