UTEP's Horton, Patterson are Named C-USA Athletes of the Week
UTEP Volleyball’s Jeane Horton and Malia Patterson earn C-USA Athlete of the Week honors.
“Jeane (Horton) was nearly unstoppable on Sunday,” said head coach Ken Murphy. “She had a great range of shots and did a nice job of recognizing the defense and attacking openings.”
Jeane Horton was named offensive player of the week leading the Miners attack with a match-high 21 kills on 30 attempts with only two errors and added seven block assists as UTEP defeated Southern Miss, 3-1. The outside hitter registered a .633 hitting percentage against the Golden Eagles earning the No. 2 spot in the UTEP recordbook for hitting percentage in four set. The junior posted 13 kills and two block assists as the Miners swept UCF, 3-0 earning their first C-USA victory of the season. Horton averaged 4.86 kills per set and a .452 hitting efficiency this weekend and is the only conference leader to rank in the top three in both categories.
“We were very efficient on offense this weekend and Malia (Patterson) did a good job of running things,” said Murphy. “She put our hitters in good position to be successful and distributed the ball within our priorities really well.”
Malia Patterson earned C-USA co-setter of the week leading Conference USA for assists recorded in four sets with 54 posted against Southern Miss. The setter didn’t stop there as she registered her sixth double-double of the season with 42 assists and 13 digs versus UCF. The junior led the Miners past UCF (3-0) and Southern Miss (3-1) this weekend and continues to climb up the charts ranking second in C-USA as she averaged 13.71 assists per set over the weekend. Patterson tallied a total of six block assists versus the Golden Eagles and the Knights.
This is the first C-USA Athlete of the Week honor for Horton and Patterson. The Miners will take on NM State at 7 p.m. (MT) in Memorial Gym on Wednesday.