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UTEP Volleyball travels to Florida for a pair of matches

The UTEP volleyball team (8-10, 1-4) will hit the road to take on FIU (9-7, 2-3) on Friday at 5 p.m. MT, and Florida Atlantic (9-7, 3-2) on Sunday at 10 a.m. MT.

The Golden Panthers have a 2-3 Conference USA record. Abbie Hughes leads the team with 605 assists on the year and 9.92 assists per set. Fiorella Murillo has notched a team-high 173 kills for FIU. Defensively, Mrythe Maring has 45 blocks and Lina Bernier has locked in 291 digs.

Florida Atlantic is coming into the weekend with a 3-2 record in conference play, and is 7-1 at home this season. It is coming off of a victory over Charlotte (3-0) on Sunday.

Sydney Nemtuda leads the offense for the Owls with 154 kills. Nikki Lakman is the main setter for the offense with 344 assists, and Kori Varney has 174 digs.

Cheyenne Jones and Serena Patterson were nearly unstoppable in the sweep against LA Tech this past Sunday. Jones had 14 kills on a .545 hitting clip, and Patterson posted 13 kills and a .550 hitting percentage. This efficiency helped propel the Miners to a .381 hitting percentage as a team, and their first conference victory of the year.

The Miners have posted a .380 hitting % or higher on two different occasions this year. The first was against Montana (.393), and the most recent coming versus LA Tech (.381).

Prior to these two matches, the last time this happened for UTEP was on August 26, 2011 against Southern (.412).

Alex Torres is ninth in Conference USA in digs per set (3.75) and has totaled 259 digs this season. Mallory Yost is also eighth in the league in hitting percentage (.327), with 122 kills on 272 swings.

The Orange and Blue won five matches all of last season. They have already surpassed that mark with eight victories in the first 18 matches this year.

During 2018 the Miners were victorious in only one match in Memorial Gym, and in 2019 they have three.

The matches will be live streamed at CUSA.tv, and live stats will be available as well for the FIU and FAU matches.

UTEP Soccer wraps up homestand with two games this week

The UTEP soccer team (7-4-3, 2-2-1 C-USA) will conclude a three-game homestand by squaring off against LA Tech (11-2-2, 3-2-1 C-USA) at 7 p.m. MT Thursday and Southern Miss (6-7, 1-4 C-USA) at 12 p.m. MT Sunday. 

“With five games left in the season, every game is important and every point is important,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “However we want our girls to take each game as an individual task. We have a big opportunity to walk away with some big home points, but the goal is to remain focused on the next task ahead which is LA Tech. They have had some really good results, and a couple of players have had a great year finding the back of the net.”

UTEP fought hard only to be upended at home, 1-0, by WKU on Oct. 10. The Miners had a 7-6 edge for shots on goal against the Lady Toppers but couldn’t find a way to beat Anne-Marie Ulliac.

Emily Parrott delivered five saves, with her lone blemish coming on a try from Ansley Cate (52′) seven minutes into the second half.

UTEP is in search of its first win against LA Tech, which has a 3-0-1 advantage in the series with the Miners. Thursday’s match-up will mark the first in El Paso between the programs, with three previously in Ruston, La., and another at the C-USA Championships

The Miners have dominated the series with Southern Miss, posting a 10-1-1 mark in 12 prior meetings. That includes a 6-0 advantage when playing in El Paso. Last year the programs battled to a 1-1 draw in Hattiesburg, Miss.

After allowing six goals in the loss at Middle Tennessee on Oct. 6, UTEP regrouped to limit WKU to one tally last time out on Oct. 10. The Miners have posted four shutouts on the season while holding five other opponents to one goal.

With five games remaining in the regular season, the Miners are in a three-way tie for seventh place in the C-USA standings. UTEP is in search of a top-eight showing, which would allow it to qualify for the C-USA Championships for the first time since 2016.

Five league games are left on UTEP’s schedule, but it has matched its win total for both overall (seven) and C-USA contests (two) from a year ago. The Miners are playing consistently well at both home (4-2-1) and on the road (3-2-2). UTEP sports a +2 goal differential (21-19) while also staking advantages for both shots (187-169) and shots on goal (94-66).

Quick Overview On Tech

LA Tech is 11-2-2 overall, including 3-2-1 in C-USA play. The Lady Techsters pace the league and are among the nation’s best for goals (46-second), assists (38-sixth) and points (130-third). They also have the most overall wins (11) in the league. Most recently they rallied from a two-goal deficit to forge a tie against Rice (10/13). Autumn Woodward (15 goals-first C-USA/second NCAA) paces the high-scoring attack, with Amber Posthauer (eight-fourth C-USA/47th NCAA) also having been a playmaker. Carlotta Cartelli has earned the bulk of playing time in net, registering 46 saves.

Quick Overview On Southern Miss

Southern Miss compiled a 5-3 mark in nonconference action, but it has struggled through five games (1-4) in C-USA play. It has taken care of business at home (4-1), but has been challenged on the road (2-6). Hailey Pohevitz is the top goal scorer (seven), but three others have four goals each. Pohevitz also shares the squad lead in assists (two). Kendall Mindnich has garnered most of the playing time in net, racking up 47 saves.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids, and may be bought by calling (915) 747-5234.

Miners place 5th at Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate

LAS CRUCES – The UTEP Men’s Golf squad wrapped up play at the New Mexico State Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate in fifth place on Tuesday at the NM State Golf Course in Las Cruces.

Overall, the Miners ended the two-day event with a three-round total score of 872 (+20), while finishing middle of the pack among the field.

UTEP finished the first day of the event in fourth place at 16-over-par with a two-round total of 584, including shooting 4-over as a team in the second round on Monday afternoon.

Cole Donielson competed as an individual at this week’s Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate and led the Miners after shooting 211 (-2) over three rounds to place third overall. Donielson shot 3-under-par 68 in the opening round before finishing the event with scores of 73 (+2) and 70 (-1).

As part of UTEP’s five-man lineup, Oskar Ambrosius also posted a top-5 finish after shooting 1-under-par 212 (70-71-71) in the event. Eduardo Gonzalez tied Donielson for the best third round with his score of 70 on Tuesday, while he finished tied for 16th overall with a three-round total of 217 (+4).

Freshman Jacob Presutti (75-72-73=220) ended the third and final round tied for 25th at 7-over for the tournament, while Greg Yellin totaled a score of 225 (75-74-76; +12) to close out the event.

UTEP’s Santiago Castilla and Jeffery Lebeau both ended the tournament with a three-round total of 226 (+13), while Jaden Chavez, who competed as an individual for the Miners, shot 233 (75-76-82=233) over the course of three rounds this week in Las Cruces.

The Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate marks the conclusion of the fall season for UTEP’s men. The Miners return to action Jan. 27-28 as the team travels to Tucson, Arizona, to compete at the Arizona Intercollegiate.

For complete coverage of UTEP Men’s Golf, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPminergolf (Twitter) and @UTEPMensGolf (Instagram) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at UTEPMiners.com.

Ice Miners host ‘Stick it to Cancer’ weekend against TCU

In a show of solidarity Miner Hockey players and staff add a touch of pink during games this weekend

For the fourth year in a row, the Miners will host the club’s annual Stick it to Cancer series when the team hosts the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs, October 18 and 19.

Puck drops Friday night at 10:30 pm and Saturday at 3:30 pm. Many of the traditional in-game elements will incorporate the Pink Out the Rink theme.

Fans attending the games are encouraged to join the Miner players and staff and wear pink to show their support. Stick it to Cancer “I fight for” cards filled out by the players and staff will be displayed during the game.

Fans can fill out their own “I fight for” card at the marketing table at the entrance of the rink. All cards will be displayed during a special moment in-game on Saturday, October 19.

Doors open thirty minutes prior to puck drop and admission is free to all.

Gallery+Story: UTEP Volleyball dominates LA Tech for first conference win

The UTEP Volleyball team (8-10, 1-4) swept LA Tech (11-8, 1-4) in three sets (25-16, 25-18, 25-20), 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Gym.

The Miners were a force on the offensive end, hitting a red-hot .381 hitting percentage as a team.  UTEP out dug the Lady Techsters 45-33, and posted five more blocks than LA Tech.

The Orange and Blue saw incredibly efficient days from Cheyenne Jones, Serena Patterson and Anamarija Mikovic. Jones led the way with 14 kills on a .545 hitting clip. Patterson wasn’t far behind with 13 kills and a .550 hitting percentage. Mikovic came in with 11 kills, and hit .320.

Syenna Masaki produced a career-high 30 assists to help set up the offensive performance of the Miners. Kenidy Howard was a force at the net with a team-high six blocks, and Alex Torres locked in 14 digs as the libero.

UTEP cruised to victory in the first two sets, and in the first frame LA Tech only held the lead for two points. In the second game, UTEP produced a wire-to-wire victory.

The third set was in jeopardy for the Orange and Blue, with the Lady Techsters jumping out to a 15-9 lead. However, UTEP would string together eight straight points, regaining the lead and the momentum. The Miner would outscore LA Tech 16-5 to close out the match.

Coach Wallis’s Thoughts

“First and foremost Jessica Landeros, a freshman from El Paso, who hasn’t played in a match this year helped stabilize us. You can’t really tell in the box score, but she was solid. She gave us another pin player that does the right thing, slows the ball down and gave us another opportunity to side out in different ways. We passed it well and were really efficient offensively. It was nice to see us get back to aggressively attacking it. We have been working on something new with our middles, and we aren’t very good at it yet, but we are trying to grow and be different. Sometimes when you experiment with lineups and change the pieces a lot you can look like a hot mess like we did on Friday. Eventually at some point they start to understand we can be a chameleon, and we can do different things. Our lefts were very efficient today, Ana (Mikovic) and S.P. (Serena Patterson), but really everybody was efficient. It was nice to see Cheyenne (Jones) get back up there and just start being aggressive and attacking it. We were much better defensively than we have been. We also got behind the service line and served it the way we are capable of, which is tough and efficient and attacking. All five phases we played very well today. I am very proud of them, coming off of a heartbreaking loss on Friday where we didn’t play well at all.”

Next up, the Miners will play at FIU on Friday, October 18 at 5 p.m. MT.

Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post

Gallery+Story: Miners top Texas Tech 70-60

A pair of UTEP transfers made immediate impacts as graduate student Daryl Edwards hit 6-of-8 from downtown, leading the way with 24 points and junior Bryson Williams electrified the Miner faithful with thunderous dunks and scoring 19 points as UTEP defeated Texas Tech, 70-60, Saturday night in front of a loud and energetic crowd in the Haskins Center.

“It’s a tragic situation that occurred in our community,” UTEP Head Coach Rodney Terry said. “We have one of the best communities in country in terms of people, and we respect one another and treat one another. I haven’t been in a nicer community. When something like that happens, great cities rally so strong together and we look out for one another. Tonight was just a small token we can try to give back to the victims that suffered losses in that tragic situation. Hopefully we gave some relief back to them. It will take years for our community to really get over of what occurred. We can just be a small part of that in terms of doing anything to give back. Even for one night to get their minds off of it. We’ll try to do that, not only tonight, but the rest of this year.

All proceeds from the contest were donated to the GECU Foundation in support of the Aug. 3 tragedy. Over 4,000 fans cheered on the Miners as they rallied from an eight-point deficit (33-25) early in the second half.

The Miners, behind the booming support of the fans, went on a 21-12 run and took a 46-45 lead after sophomore Jordan Lathon connected on a trio of free throws. Lathon finished with 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds in 34 minutes.

Edwards, who finished 8-of-10 from the field, nailed a three-point bucket at the 7:11 mark to put his new squad up six points. The Miners took control of the contest and never relinquished the lead.

Williams led UTEP with nine rebounds in 35 minutes of action, while another transfer sophomore Souley Boum got off to a slow start, but dished out a team-leading four assists. The fourth dime came on an ally-oop to Williams, who slammed it down. The Miners took a 12-point lead (70-58) by that point of the contest.

The 2019-20 regular season will open on Nov. 5 against New Mexico Highlands in the Haskins Center.

Gallery by  Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post

UTEP volleyball drops match to UAB

The UTEP Volleyball team (7-10, 0-4) fell to UAB (10-7, 2-2) in three sets (22-25, 18-25, 21-25), 3-0, on Friday evening at Memorial Gym.

“We just got out played. We are trying to manufacture ways with our injuries to keep ourselves in matches. But we errored our way out of this match. We had 11 hitting errors in the third set alone,” Head coach Ben Wallis said.  “You can’t beat anyone in college volleyball when you error yourself out of matches. There is no excuse for continuing to go up and hit the ball out of bounds, touch the net or serve it in the bottom of the net.”

Cheyenne Jones posted a team-high 10 kills. Serena Patterson locked in nine kills with a solo block. Kristen Fritsche notched 13 assists and a squad-high 10 digs. Mallory Yost and Anamarija Mikovic anchored the defense with two blocks each.

“We find ways to make it 12 all or 14 all, but we struggle to get ahead because we aren’t giving ourselves opportunities to score points in long runs. I have to make sure that we get back in the gym and find ways to get these guys to play better volleyball. We have a tough one again on Sunday, and we will have to find a way to score points when the match gets close,” Wallis added

The first set was a close contest, as the Miners were down one, 21-20, late in the frame. However, UAB would out score UTEP 4-1 to take the first game.

The Blazers opened up the second frame with a 10-5 lead and never looked back. UAB took the set 25-18, and held a two-game advantage.

The Orange and Blue were in the game, as the third set was tied 13-13. Although, the Blazers would go on a 7-1 run, regaining the momentum. UAB would end up taking the frame, 25-21, after a late push by UTEP.

Next up, the Miners will take on the Lady Techsters on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 12 p.m. MT.

UTEP Softball boasts 10 Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes

Thanks to their performance on and off the diamond, the UTEP Softball team has earned a roster full of honors.

Miners Pamala Baber, Pate Cathey, Kacey Duffield, Mariah Ellis, Sky Estrada, Linda Garcia, Allie Johnson, Bryana Munoz, Nadya Orozco and Jordyn Quevedo were all recipients of the Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American Scholar-Athlete award for the 2018-19 academic year.

Officials share that this is the most Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar athletes in program history.

Seniors Baber and Johnson, as well as Miner-Alumna Ellis are recipients of their third NFCA honor.

This is the second NFCA recognition for senior Duffield, while Cathey, Estrada, Garcia, Munoz, Orozco and Quevedo are first-time honorees.

This is the first time in history that the NFCA has honored over 8,000 student-athletes (8,161), with 1,769 being Division I athletes.

Established in 1983, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is the professional growth organization for fastpitch softball coaches from all competitive levels of play.

Although collegiate coaches comprised the majority of the organization’s membership in the early days, today they are joined by high school, travel ball, professional and international coaches, along with umpires, clubs, businesses and fans of fastpitch softball.

WKU slips past UTEP 1-0

The UTEP soccer team fought hard only to be upended at home, 1-0, by WKU Thursday evening.

The Miners (7-4-3, 2-2-1 C-USA) had a 7-6 edge for shots on goal against the Lady Toppers (7-4-1, 3-2-2 C-USA) but couldn’t find a way to beat Anne-Marie Ulliac. Emily Parrott delivered five saves, with her lone blemish coming on a try from Ansley Cate (52′) seven minutes into the second half.

UTEP controlled the opening 45 minutes, holding advantages in both shots (10-5) and shots on goal (6-1). The visitors survived the onslaught and snuck away with the win after Cate’s second-half tally.

“I thought the girls came out really strong,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “Unfortunately we didn’t come out as strong in the second half and we keep giving up set-piece goals. It didn’t happen tonight. We’re going to keep pushing and keep working because this is a good team.”

WKU generated a pair of shots in the first six minutes, both of which were blocked. The Miners then went searching for a goal with Lauren Crenshaw’s shot being saved by Ulliac in the ninth minute. Jackie Miller also let loose from distance, forcing Ulliac into a save in the 18th minute.

Danielle Carreon took a shot from inside the box that appeared destined for the back of the net but Ulliac came flying over for a diving save in the 20th minute. The GK also fought off a header from Emerson Kidd on the ensuing corner kick. Three minutes later it was a half-volley by Adrianna Jimmerson that was stopped. In the 29th minute Crenshaw unleashed a blast that required a diving stop by Ulliac.

WKU’s Aleksandra Kozovic rifled a shot that scooted along the ground, but Parrott tracked it well to make the save in the 33rd minute.  The Miners had a chance wiped out due to an offside call in the 40th minute and Kam Fisher’s shot was blocked by the defense in the 43rd minute.

The visitors got on the board in the second half off a scramble from a free kick. The ball was in the box where it was headed to Cate, who bested Parrott with a sneaky shot in the 52nd minute. Four minutes later UTEP was vying for the equalizer, but Tessa Carlin was turned away by Ulliac.

There was a wild sequence in the 60th minute, with WKU taking three shots in 20 seconds. Two of them clanked off the crossbar while another was blocked by the Miners’ defense. Carlin had a good look in the 69th minute, but it whistled high.

Parrott kept the Orange and Blue in striking distance by making two fantastic saves in the final 10 minutes of the match. She delivered a leaping stop to punch a shot by Ambere Barnett over the bar in the 82nd minute. She then made a diving stop on a try by Sydney Ernst in the 83rd minute.

UTEP tried to work the ball up the pitch in the waning minutes to secure the equalizer, but it didn’t come to fruition. The best chance came off a corner kick, with a Carreon shot ending up wide in the final minute of action.

The Miners will play host to LA Tech (7 p.m., Oct. 17) in the second of three straight home contests. The homestand will conclude against Southern Miss (12 p.m., Oct. 20).

For complete coverage of UTEP soccer, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPSoccer (Twitter)@UTEPMinersSoccer (Instagram) and on Facebook or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at UTEPMiners.com.

UTEP hosting 2019 National Runner-Up Texas Tech in Charity Game Saturday

Year two of the Rodney Terry era will get off to an early start as the UTEP men’s basketball head coach will direct a revamped roster as the Miners will host 2019 NCAA national runner-up Texas Tech in a charity exhibition Saturday, October 12.

“It’s the start of a new season and there’s always a lot of buzz around a new team,” Terry said. “We’re excited about our guys, their work ethic and what they’re doing to prepare. We’re going to bring tremendous effort every night and we need El Paso to get behind us!”

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. in the Haskins Center and tickets are $10 with general admission (first come/first served) seating.

The exhibition game is not part of the 2019-20 season tickets as all proceeds will benefit the victims of the August 3rd tragedy.

Tickets are on sale at the UTEP Ticket Center, located at 2901 N Mesa next to the Don Haskins Center and the UTEP Ticket Center East Side location (1452 Zaragoza Suite A-1500. Tickets can also be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234 as well as online.

Parking for the contest will not be reserved and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Terry’s second-year roster will feature a mix of four returning sophomores (Jordan Lathon, Nigel Hawkins, Kaosi Ezeagu and Efe Odigie), seven transfers (sophomore Kaden Archie, sophomore Souley Boum, sophomore Tydus Verhoeven, junior Anthony Tarke, junior Eric Vila, junior Bryson Williams and graduate student Daryl Edwards) and freshman Deon Stroud.

“We had a number of these guys last year who sat out, but practiced every day. They’ll start their competition right now along with Eric Vila, who’s a newcomer for us,” Terry said. “We’re talking about Bryson [Williams], talking about Tydus [Verhoeven], Anthony Tarke, [Souley] Boum and Kaden Archie. They were all guys who sat out a year ago and practiced with us every day and they get a chance to make their debut this Saturday.”

Regarding the returnees – Lathon led the Miners with 74 assists last season, Hawkins paced the team in scoring (13.9 ppg) in league only games, Ezeagu led in blocked shots (24), and Odigie averaged a double-double (12.7 ppg, 10.1 rpg), as he was the first Miner to do so since the 1981-82 season.

“We recruited Jordan [Lathon] as a point guard, we signed his as a point guard and he’s a young player who’s continuing to develop at that position,” Terry said. “Nigel is a guy who we’re challenging to be a combo guard, who has to make decisions with the ball and who gives us stability at either of the guard positions. Efe, last year, had to play a ton of minutes and he had to play when he was really fatigued. But he got better as the season went along and he’ll have to pace himself this year. He’ll need to give us some good physical presence when he’s on the floor.”

And touching on Terry’s new troops.

Archie was a four-star player coming out of Midlothian High School and played at TCU last season. Boum set San Francisco’s freshmen record by hitting 121 free throws and earning a spot on the West Coast Conference All-Freshman team during the 2017-18 season. Tarke NJIT at 15.7 points per game his sophomore season.

Verhoeven set a Duquesne freshman record and led the Atlantic 10 with 71 blocked shots. Vila played for no. 1-ranked Northwest Florida State College last season. Williams suited up for Terry at Fresno State, while earning All-Mountain West third team honors during the 2017-18 season.

Williams averaged 13.8 points per game and led the Bulldogs in rebounding (6.1 rpg) during his sophomore season. Edwards played valuable minutes at SEC program LSU, while he’ll add veteran leadership.

“Boum is a ball handler for us and he’s a guy we know can score the basketball as well,” Terry said. “He’s much like all our guys, they’ve all played at this level already. They have a feel for what it takes to be successful at this level. I think all of our guys at some point will contribute. Deon [Stroud] is a freshman and he’s getting better every single day as we go along here. Anthony Tarke has to be a guy who plays on the perimeter and he’s a combo forward for us. Kaden Archie is another guy who’s a combo forward for us. All those guys, along with Daryl Edwards, he brings elite-level shooting. They all bring something different to the table.

Coach Terry was asked about Williams potentially being the ‘best player on the court.’

“[Bryson Williams] has an opportunity to definitely to do that, but he’ll have to play his way back in,” Terry said. “He sat out for a year and he’ll have to shake some rust off like a lot of our guys, even though they have a chance to practice every day, there’s still nothing like a game situation. So they’ll all have to play their ways in to the level of competition they were at where they were playing before.”

Vila is another student-athlete who has a chance to break into the starting lineup for Terry.

“Vila is a guy, who again, is a combo forward for us and should be a good flow guy for us on offense. He’s a guy who can stretch the floor,” Terry said. “The biggest thing between he and Bryson and all our bigs, they have to rebound for us.”

Terry’s new team will be challenged Saturday night as Texas Tech is coming off its best season ever.

Texas Tech head Chris Beard led the Red Raiders to their first ever National Final in program history in 2019, while directing his squad to the Elite Eight in 2018 for the first time in school history.

“Chris Beard is a great coach and know how to win,” Terry said. “He knows what 50-50 balls are and his teams play extremely hard – one of the hardest playing teams in the country and one of the best defensive squads in the country. It’s a great challenge for us early in the year to work against a great defensive team that’s going to play extremely hard. He knows what it takes to win.”

Texas Tech finished 31-7 during the 2018-19 campaign. Beard will field a young squad in his fourth season in Lubbock, as three letterwinners are returning. Davide Moretti, a 6-2 junior, started all 38 games last season.

Moretti ranked second on the team in scoring (11.5 ppg), while leading the squad in three-point shooting, connecting on 45.9 percent (73-of-159). Kyler Edwards (played in all 38 games) and Avery Benson (played in 20 contests) are the other pair of returnees.

The contest can be heard on UTEP’s flagship station 600 ESPN El Paso, as the “The Voice of the UTEP Miners” Jon Teicher will call the action with color analyst Steve Yellen.

UTEP Volleyball hosts two Conference Matches this week

The UTEP volleyball team (7-9, 0-3) will face off against UAB (9-7, 1-2) on Friday at 6 p.m. MT, and LA Tech (11-6, 1-2) on Sunday at 12 p.m. MT in Memorial Gym.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids, and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234. The matches will be live streamed at CUSA.tv and live stats will be available as well.

Emma Mitchell who has posted 189 kills leads the Blazers. UAB is also strong from the service line with 111 service aces. Anna D’Cruz is the defensive anchor with 64 blocks.

Offensively, Kaitlyn Adams and Madeline Davis have both tallied 156 kills. Morgan Currie has libero responsibilities for the Lady Techsters, and has amassed 280 digs.

Serena Patterson currently leads the squad with 151 kills, and is only 15 kills away from posting a new career high in the category. The outside hitter posted a personal-best 17 kills against CSU Bakersfield (9/13) earlier this season.

Alex Torres is ninth in Conference USA in digs per set (3.73) and has totaled 239 digs this season. Mallory Yost is also ninth in the league in hitting percentage (.332), with 110 kills on 244 swings.

Yost is leading the squad with 55 blocks. Her current career high for blocks in a season is 64, which was set last year. At the middle blockers pace of .86 blocks per set, she is set to shatter that previous career best with 90 blocks on the year.

Torres made history against the Houston Cougars this year. Torres notched 31 digs to become just the 15th player in program history to record 30+ digs in a match.

Cheyenne Jones is second on the team with 147 kills this season. She produced a career-high 24 kills versus UIW earlier in the year. Against Houston at the Red Raider Classic she locked in 17 kills on a .429 hitting clip, helping boost the Miners to a comeback victory. This season she has improved on her hitting percentage from last year (.186), posting a .209 hitting clip.

UTEP Finishes 3rd at Aggie Invitational

LAS CRUCES – UTEP’s Women’s Golf team wrapped up the third and final round at the NM State Aggie Invitational on Wednesday with the Miners finishing in third place overall.

UTEP enjoyed its best day on the links on Wednesday after the Miners shot 295 as a team to clinch third place on the leaderboard with a three-day total of 895 (302, 298, 295; +31). New Mexico State took home the team title at this year’s event, while Utah Valley placed second just one shot ahead of the Miners.

Audrey Haddad paced the Miners throughout the tournament, finishing the final round at even par and tied for third place after shooting 216 (70, 71, 75) over the course of the three-day event.

Junior Valeria Mendizabal improved in each round of the event, including posting her best round on Wednesday with a score of 70 (-2). Overall, Mendizabal tied for fifth after shooting 2-over-par 218 (75, 73, 70) this week in Las Cruces.

Sophie Delfosse also improved her score total in the final round after shooting 74 to wrap up the event with a shot total of 230 (77, 79, 74; +14). UTEP’s Abbie Anghelescu gained one shot in the third round, finishing the week with a three-round total of 233 (80, 77, 76; +17), while Shannon O’Dwyer closed out the invitational with a score of 238 (80, 77, 81; +22).

Individually, Andrea Ostos built off a good second round where she shot 2-under, to finish the third round even par (72). For the tournament, Ostos tied for eighth with a three-round total of 219 (77, 70, 72; +3).

Other individuals competing for the Miners at this week’s Aggie Invitational included Taylor Stone, who finished at 237 (81, 76, 80; +21), and Naomi Ramirez, who shot 238 (82, 80, 76; +22) through three rounds.

UTEP returns to action on Oct. 20-22 when the Miners travel to Lakewood Ranch, Florida, to compete in the Pat Bradley Invitational, which is hosted by FIU.

For complete coverage of UTEP Women’s Golf, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPwgolf (Twitter) and @UTEPwomensgolf (Instagram) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at UTEPMiners.com.

UTEP Pharmacy Student Awarded National LGBTQ Scholarship

UTEP student-pharmacist William Campillo Terrazas has been awarded a scholarship from the Point Foundation (Point), the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students.

Terrazas was one of 16 students chosen to be Point Scholars in 2019 out of 2,100 applicants.

In the 2019-20 academic year, 85 LGBTQ students will receive financial assistance and programmatic support from Point as they pursue their associate, bachelor’s or advanced degrees.

A native of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, Terrazas and his family immigrated to the United States in 1998. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of New Mexico in 2014.

Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Terrazas started the UTEP School of Pharmacy’s Pharm.D. program with the inaugural class in fall 2017.

Terrazas is involved with the MFactor, an HIV prevention program in El Paso. He was one of 10 outstanding, young leaders chosen for the 2017 cohort of Human Rights Campaign HIV 360° Fellowship Program.

In 2015, Terrazas co-founded Latinxs Revolucion LGBTQ, a queer- and trans-led, community-based organization in Little Rock, Arkansas, that focuses on the health and well-being of Latinx immigrants.

Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.

Since 2002, Point has awarded more than 400 scholarships, making it the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Point Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development and community service training

UTEP Soccer returns home to face WKU In “Kick For The Cure” Contest

The UTEP soccer team (7-3-3, 2-1-1 C-USA)) will return to the friendly confines of University Field to lock up with WKU (6-4-1, 2-2 C-USA) at 7 p.m. MT Thursday.

“It’s going to be great to get back on our home field,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “We’ve talked about needing to have a positive response and a strong start. We’ve allowed a lot of first goals, and as we go into the last six conference games that trend has to stop.”

It will be the “Kick For The Cure” contest, with all fans who wear pink able to purchase tickets for $3. Otherwise tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids, and may be bought by calling (915) 747-5234.

UTEP dug itself a big hole early and could never get on track in an eventual 6-1 loss at Middle Tennessee on Oct. 6. The Miners, who had yielded only 12 goals in 12 games, had their four-match unbeaten streak snapped in the process.

The series with WKU is even at 1-1-1. Last year the Lady Toppers won a wild game, 4-3, in Bowling Green, Ky.

WKU is 6-4-1 on the year, including 2-2 in C-USA play. It has nearly doubled up the opposition, piling up 23 goals while yielding only 12. The Lady Toppers enter Thursday’s match having dropped back-to-back contests, including a 3-0 home setback to Old Dominion (10/6) last time out. WKU is battle tested, with six contests (2-3-1) going to overtime.

Ashley Leonard (six) and Ambere Barnett (five) have accounted for nearly half of the team’s goals. Barnett also paces the unit in assists (five).

UTEP was dealt a 6-1 loss at Middle Tennessee on Oct. 6, but it has proved to be a resilient bunch in 2019. The Miners are 2-0 on the year coming off a loss, winning those games by a combined score of 4-1.

Six league games remain on UTEP’s schedule, but it has already matched its win total for both overall (seven) and C-USA contests (two) from a year ago. The Miners are playing consistently well at both home (4-1-1) and on the road (3-2-2). UTEP sports a +3 goal differential (21-18) while also staking advantages for both shots (173-150) and shots on goal (87-60).

Winning four straight home gamess, the Miners stand at 4-1-1 overall in University Field. UTEP has a +6 (12-6) goal differential in El Paso, including a +7 margin (9-2) during the four-match winning streak.

UTEP has posted a winning mark in nonconference play in 17 of the past 18 years, including finishing 5-2-2 in 2019. The exception during the nearly two-decade run of success came in 2017 (4-5-0).

The Miners have 11 true freshmen on the roster in 2019, its highest total since carrying 14 in 2000. The newcomers comprise nearly half of the squad (11 of 24). Nine of them have earned playing time, including six who have secured at least one starting nod.

UTEP is in its 24th season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 261-178-37. The Miners (7-3-3) are under the direction of first-year head coach Kathryn Balogun. She is assisted by Stewart Givens and Kate Ward and volunteer assistant coach Michael Balogun.

Looking ahead, the Miners will play host to LA Tech (7 p.m., Oct. 17) in the second of three straight home contests. The homestand will conclude against Southern Miss (12 p.m., Oct. 20).

For complete coverage of UTEP soccer, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPSoccer (Twitter)@UTEPMinersSoccer (Instagram) and on Facebook or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at UTEPMiners.com.

UTEP Closes Out Action at Maridoe Intercollegiate

CARROLLTON, Texas – The UTEP Men’s Golf team wrapped up play at the North Texas Maridoe Intercollegiate on Tuesday with the Miners finishing 11th overall at the Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas.

Eduardo Gonzalez led the Miners throughout the event, posting a three-day total score of 224 (76, 67, 80) to finish tied for 10th at 8-over-par. Jacob Presutti followed closely behind Gonzalez after the freshman shot 228 (75, 74, 79) in three rounds.

Oskar Ambrosius posted the lowest score of the day for the Miners, matching Monday’s round of 77 to finish the tournament with a three-round total of 236 (82, 77, 77), while UTEP’s Greg Yellin closed out the event by shooting 80 in the final round and also posting a total score of 236.

Cole Donielson ended the day for UTEP by shooting 81 in the third and final round to go along with his score totals of 83 and 77 in the first two rounds.

During the second round on Monday, UTEP jumped from 12th place to eighth after improving 15 shots from one round to the other. As a team, the Miners shot 311 on Sunday before improving their score total to 296 on Monday. Overall, UTEP shot 316 in the third round for a team total of 923 to close out the second annual event.

UTEP will conclude the fall season next week when the Miners make the short trip to New Mexico State for the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate on Oct. 14-15 in Las Cruces.

For complete coverage of UTEP Men’s Golf, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPminergolf (Twitter) and @UTEPMensGolf (Instagram) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at UTEPMiners.com.

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