Malia Patterson was named to the 2012 Kathy Trosclair Memorial All-Tournament team as the Miners fell to Baylor 3-0 before defeat Binghamton 3-0 on Saturday.
"Going into the weekend, I think we set expectation very high for ourselves," said head coach Ken Murphy. "We struggled a little dealing with those expectations but I think it’s part of our growth."
The junior compiled 104 assists, 26 digs and five services aces at the tournament this weekend. The setter registered her fourth double-double of the season against Tulane.
"I was especially proud of the way we bounced back and played with confidence against Binghamton," said Murphy. "We showed some toughness and played well at the end of each set."
UTEP 3, Binghamton 0
Jeane Horton led the Miners attack with 18 kills as UTEP defeated Binghamton, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 27-25).
Setter Malia Patterson recorded 37 assists, six digs and two block assists, while freshman Ashley Peak posted 12 digs.
The Miners opened the set going on a 4-1 run with a trio of kills by Jeane Horton. The Bearcats tried to fight back but Horton was unstoppable adding a pair of kills to put UTEP up 12-11 in the first frame. Binghamton answered back going on a 4-2 run of their own off of two UTEP service errors. The Miners would not go down without a fight putting up three consecutive points to seal the frame, 25-20.
The Bearcats came out to an early lead in the second set, but UTEP bounced back with a kill by Cassandra Burruel and a Binghamton attack error giving the Miners a 19-17 advantage. UTEP extended the lead with back-to-back kills by Jacqueline Cason and Xitlali Herrera and a Bearcats attack error forcing Binghamton to take a timeout. Herrera hammered the ball to close the frame for the Miners, 25-23.
UTEP recorded a 5-1 run at the beginning of the third set to take a 9-6 lead over the Bearcats. Both teams would battle for control tallying 10 ties before the Miners earned two straight points with a kill by Horton and another Bearcat attack error. Binghamton tried to rally back but Horton posted three kills and an attack error by Grace Vickers gave UTEP the match, 27-25.
Baylor 3, UTEP 0
The Miners fell short against Baylor, 3-0 (25-17, 27-25, 25-21) in the first match of the day at the Kathy Trosclair Memorial.
Jeane Horton registered 15 kills and posted a .278 hitting efficiency, while teammate Malia Patterson tallied 31 assists, eight digs and two service aces.
UTEP took an early 3-2 lead with a pair of kills by Xitlali Herrera and a kill by Horton. The Miners maintained the advantage for the first half of the match lead by as much as three. The Bears continued to fight back with four straight kills to take a 15-13 advantage forcing UTEP to call a timeout. The Miners were unable to come back from the deficit and dropped the frame, 25-17.
Once again the Miners opened the set with a 5-2 lead with a kill by Cassandra Burruel. UTEP went on a 3-1 run with two kills by Jacqueline Cason and a Miner ace. UTEP sustained the advantage with a pair of kills by Horton and Cason to put the Miners up by two. Three consecutive Miner errors would force UTEP to call a timeout at 19-18. The squad went back and forward until three Bear points closed the set 27-25.
The Miners kept it close in the final set with 12 ties and five lead changes, but UTEP was unable to stop Baylor’s attack. UTEP recorded 14 kills, 14 assists, 11 digs but was incapable of taking the set as the Bears posted 10 kills, 10 assists, 10 digs and four total blocks (1s/6a).
The Miners will face Conference USA opponent UCF on Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. (MT) in Orlando, Fla.