Miners Take on Conference Opponent UCF
The UTEP volleyball team continues Conference USA play at UCF at 5 p.m. on Friday in Orlando, Fla. The Miners will return to El Paso, Texas to play in their first conference home match against Southern Miss at 12 p.m. on Sunday.
UTEP dropped their first C-USA match of the season against Tulane, 3-1. The Miners then went on to split the weekend falling to Baylor before recovering and securing a win against Binghamton, 3-0. Setter Malia Patterson earned a spot in the Kathy Trosclair Memorial All-Tournament team after registering her fourth double-double of the season with 36 assists and 12 digs against the Green Wave.
UCF Scouting Report
Series: The UTEP volleyball team fell to UCF 3-0 in 2011 in their final match of the season. Bridget Logan led the team with seven kills and posted a .214 hitting percentage. Xitlali Herrera registered six kills, seven digs, and three block assists. The Miners posted seven team blocks and 39 digs but fell short against the Knights.
UCF is led by DeLaina Sarden, who is ranked sixth in C-USA in hitting percentage with a .325. The sophomore leads the team in blocks with 25 (4s/21a). Angelica Crump is also a C-USA leader checking in at 15th in kills per set (3.07).
Southern Miss Scouting Report
Series: Last season, UTEP fell short to USM, 3-0. Jacquline Cason led the Miners attack with a team-high 12 kills and registered a .417 hitting efficiency. Teammate Xitali Herrera recorded a match-best five block assists and added 11 kills. Miners hit .237 for the match, while the Golden Eagles hit a .248 to outlast UTEP.
Golden Eagles Notables
Lydia Bonner leads the Golden Eagles in kills with 103 and a .240 hitting percentage. The freshman is ranked eight in C-USA averaging 3.81 kills per set. Elizabeth Rinaudo guides USM defense with a total of 125 digs ranking her third in C-USA. The Golden Eagles check in third in conference for hitting percentage (.213), assists (12.49) and kills (13.27).
Miners in the Rankings
The Miners are currently ranked second in Conference USA in hitting percentage (.213), second in blocks per set (2.37), fourth in kills per set (13.21) and assists per set (12.49). The squad has compiled an impressive 568 kills, 517 assists, 102 blocks (20s/164a) and 45 aces.
Nationally, UTEP is ranked 70th in blocks and 81st in hitting percentage.
Horton Moving Up the Charts
Jeane Horton is one of two Conference USA players ranked in the top-25 in the nation for kills per set. The junior has recorded a stellar 188 kills, 23 blocks (3s/20a), 32 digs and .330 hitting percentage. The outside hitter checks in at 21st in the nation averaging 4.37 kills per set. Horton continues to climb the charts this season after changing from middle blocker to outside hitter last season. The Fresno, Calif. native opened the season tallying three All-Tournament team selections. Previously, Horton registered a .567 hitting efficiency against Fresno State (8/24), setting the school standard in hitting percentage in five sets.