UTEP volleyball’s Xitlali Herrera and Malia Patterson are named Conference USA Athlete of the Week honors for the second time this season.
Herrera had a stellar week registering a double-double as she led the Miners to victory against I-10 rival NM State. The middle blocker posted 15 kills, 11 digs, three blocks (1s/2a) and registered a .414 hitting percentage versus the Aggies. The junior continued to dominate offensively against UAB earning the No. 4 spot in the UTEP recordbook for hitting percentage in four sets recording a .647. Herrera led the Miners past the Blazers, 3-0 tallying 13 kills and seven digs. UTEP extended the winning streak to six as the squad defeated Memphis on Sunday. The junior was also a force at the net posting a season-best nine blocks (4s/5a) and added 12 kills and seven digs against the Tigers. Herrera is ranked in hitting percentage (.445-1st), blocks (1.39-3rd) and kills (4.44-7th) in conference only matches.
Patterson led the conference with an average of 10.92 assists per set as the Miners went 3-0 over the week. The setter posted a season-best 56 assists and added eight digs as UTEP derailed NM State. The junior didn’t stop there as she recorded a match-high 36 assists and tallied nine digs against UAB. Once again, Patterson dished out a match-high 39 assists versus Memphis earning her the No.2 spot in the league for assists per set.
The Miners will take on Conference USA opponent Rice at 6 p.m. on Friday in Houston, Texas.