Saturday afternoon, UTEP fell to Pacific, 3-2 (14-25, 25-17, 25-21, 22-25, 11-15), during a hard-fought match.
The Miners (4-2), after falling in the first set, 25-14, rallied to take a 2-1 advantage. But the Tigers (3-3) won the next two sets, taking advantage of UTEP miscues Saturday afternoon in the Pan Am Center.
Serena Patterson led with 10 kills, while Mallory Yost tallied eight kills and led the team with a .462 hitting percentage. Syenna Masaki paced the squad with 16 assists.
Pacific came out of the gates in the first set to go up 7-2 and controlled the pace of the set to take a 1-0 advantage.
UTEP responded with a 25-17 triumph in set two. Miners took an early 5-1 lead off an attack error by Allison Dennemann. The Tigers used an 8-4 run to tie the set at 9-9.
Patterson sparked the Miners and tallied a solo block that started a 9-4 run. Anamarija Mikovic tallied a kill to put the Miners up 11-9. After going back and forth, Irbe Lazda registered a service ace, giving UTEP an 18-13 lead.
Pacific’s Sedona Sherman tallied a service ace of her own to get within two points (18-16). UTEP tamed the Tigers, tallying seven of the final eight points, highlighted by a pair of Masaki service aces, a Patterson ace and a kill by Cheyenne Jones. The Miners also took advantage of a pair of errors to claim victory.
The fourth set finished in a 25-22 final, in favor of Pacific. UTEP was down by five points on multiple occasions before going on a 6-1 run to tie the set 20-20. Masaki registered a kill to even the score. But the Tigers finished off the Miners 5-2 down the stretch to tie the match 2-2.
In the fifth set, Pacific took a 9-5 lead. The fighting Miners went on a 5-1 run to tie the set 10-10. But again, the Tigers converted on kills and took advantage of errors to claim a 15-11 victory.
Up next, UTEP will face I-10 rival NM State Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Pan Am Center.