UTEP Volleyball Hits Road this Weekend for Cornell Tournament

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 5:31pm

The UTEP volleyball team will travel to Ithica, N.Y. this weekend to participate at the Cornell Invitational.

The Miners open with Niagara on Friday at 10 a.m. then return to the court at 5:00 p.m. for a match-up against tournament host Cornell. On Saturday, UTEP takes on American at 10 a.m. and concludes the tournament against Delaware State at 3:00 p.m.

UTEP is coming off a successful 4-0 weekend at the El Paso Sports Commission Volleyball Invitational to claim the tournament title. Three Miners received all-tournament first team honors.

After facing four teams at the Cornell Invitational, the Miners will head to Beaumont, Texas to take part in the Lamar Tournament. UTEP will open the invite with Baylor on Friday, Sept. 9. The Miners will face team host Lamar on Saturday and conclude with Mississippi State.

Series Record: First Meeting.

Scouting Report: The two-time defending Metro Atlantic Athletic champions are 1-2 heading into Friday's match-up. The Purple Eagles dropped their season opener 2-3 against Oakland at the Blue-Gold Invitational. The Niagara volleyball team then split a pair of matches on Saturday. The Purple Eagles fell to Toledo in straight sets (25-18, 25-20, 25-18), but rebounded with a straight-set victory over Wright State. Hannah Hedrick tallied a total of 50 kills and 39 digs to be named to the 2011 Blue-Gold Invitational All-Tournament Team. Hedrick was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for her outing against Oakland and Wright State. Helping Hedrick in the front court is setter Michelle James with 134 assist, 33 digs and 11 kills.

Series Record: UTEP leads the series 1-0.

Scouting Report: The Big Red will be returning 10 letterwinners including five starters. The team is welcoming a new face on the Cornell sideline, as Patrick Lynch joins coach Sarah Bernson's staff as an assistant coach. Leading the team offensively is senior Kelly Hansen with 241 kills and 70 blocks. Defensively, Risa Ka'awa has tallied a total of 333 digs and Jordan Reeder has compiled 821 assist.

The Last Time: The only meeting came on Sept. 26, 1995 where UTEP secured a 3-0 victory over Cornell at the Jayhawk Classic in Lawrence, Kan.


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