Xitlali Herrera has been selected to the preseason volleyball All-Conference USA team. The Miners are slated to finish eighth in the regular season announced the league office on Wednesday.
The junior had a stellar season in 2011, earning all-conference first team honors and appeared on the All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention list. The middle blocker led the squad in kills (384), hitting percentage (.321) and blocks (132). Herrera posted 25 double-digit kill performances and registered 11-double-doubles during the 2011 campaign. The Mexican native ranks second in program history for block assists in a single season with 121.
UTEP returns four starters and nine letterwinners overall from lat year’s team that finished the season 19-14. The Miners will kick off the 2012 slate on August 24 with the El Paso Sports Commission Invitational at Memorial Gym.