Pacific hands UTEP volleyball loss
El Paso, TX — Seniors Xitlali Herrera and Malia Patterson both recorded double-doubles against Pacific, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers defeated the Miners on Saturday, 3-1 (14-25, 21-25, 25-23, 22-25) giving the Miners a 14-16 overall record.
Playing all six rotations Herrera posted 15 digs and 10 kills capturing her 13th double-double of the season. Patterson who garnered her seventh double-double aided both the frontcourt and the backcourt as she secured 42 assists and 11 digs.
Taylor Nix tallied a team high 15 kills while Victoria Valencia delivered 21 digs.
The squads opened the first set fighting point for point tying the score six times. With the score knotted up at 7, a kill from Pacific’s Kat Schulz sparked a 6-0 run commanding a 13-7 lead for the Tigers. Pacific would maintain their lead to win the set.
The Tigers would repeat their success in the second set as they held the Miners to a .146 hitting percentage.
Still in the game, UTEP revitalized its defense. Playing in a stout backline defense, the Miners took the lead in the third set. Seven Kills from Nix would help the Orange and Blue sustain its lead and steals the set.
With the match into its fourth set, the Tigers hammered out a 7-1 run forcing UTEP to a timeout.
Small runs from the Miners would slowly chip at Pacific’s lead but it would be two consecutive Pacific errors to ignite a 5-0 run for UTEP, tying the score at 20. Exchanging point for point the Miners fought to capture their second set but two consecutive kills by Megan Birch would give the set and the match to the Tigers.