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Cheyenne Jones’s 25 Kills Powers Miners Past Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG, Ms. – Cheyenne Jones led the UTEP volleyball team (11-12, 4-6) over Southern Miss (2-23, 0-10) in five sets (25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 27-29, 15-12), 3-2, with 25 kills on Sunday afternoon at Reed Green Coliseum.

Jones’s 25 kills is a career high for the junior. She was incredibly efficient as well, racking up those kills in just 42 swings for a .476 hitting percentage. The outside hitter also led the team total blocks with six in the five-set epic.

Mallory Yost posted the second-most kills (17) for the Miners, and Alianza Darley followed behind with 11. Erika Sianez came in strong at libero with a team-high 21 digs. Kristen Fritsche tallied 38 assists, and Sophia Chacon added 24 to the effort.

The Miners were in control of the first set from the jump, behind the arm of Jones, who locked in 6 kills in the frame. UTEP held an 18-11 advantage at one point, and eventually claimed the first game, 25-21, to seize early momentum.

The two squads were in a closely combative second set with the score tied at 18-18. The Golden Eagles would take a two-point lead, 20-18, but the Miners would respond to tie it up. UTEP once again let two points slip through their fingers, and once again they responded, taking the next five points to earn the second game, 25-22.

The Orange and Blue found themselves down 19-11 to the home team. The Miners chipped away and chipped away until they finally tied the set up after an ace from Sianez. However, the late rally would come up short, as the Golden Eagles would take the next two points to take the set, 26-24.

Once again UTEP was in a hole late, as it was down 19-13. The Miners went on a 7-1 run that tied the set at 20-20. The two teams saw seven ties after that, and UTEP faced set point on four different occasions. However, the Orange and Blue’s late rally would again come up short, as Southern Miss took the frame, 29-27.

The Orange and Blue came out hot in the fifth set, racing out to an 8-3 lead. Southern Miss made a late push, but Jones put the exclamation point on the day with a match-clinching kill.

Wallis’s Thoughts

“Southern Miss got excited and hot in the third set by just hitting the ball hard and squeaking the ball through our blocks. We have been working hard at the blocking stuff, but we are young as blockers and just don’t understand where our hands need to be sometimes. Blocking is the hardest skill in volleyball to teach, and it is the hardest skill to learn as well. We are young so there will be some ebbs and flows throughout the season as blockers. We knew that their middles were good. They are little, but have great arms. We had a game plan for them, but we didn’t execute it very well. We had to sit a couple of players today, and so we had to put a new lineup out there. This is our seventh or eighth new lineup in the past seven or eight games. We stayed with it though and we concentrated on making plays. We lost two close sets, but when it counted and mattered we outperformed and outscored them. We got some time in there for Sophia (Chacon) another freshman. Alianza Darley we put in the middle for the first time all year, and she got 11 kills on 19 swings and blocked four balls. Really though Cheyenne (Jones) was the big factor. She blocked six balls and had 25 kills. We kept going to her and she kept finding ways to get kills out of system. It was great to have her back. We got a team effort today, so I am proud of my group to get the W today. Erika (Sianez) stepped up as the libero and got 21 digs in about three sets, and helped us get the victory. Kristen (Fritsche) was a monster though. She was great as a teammate and from a leadership standpoint. I don’t know if we win the game if we don’t get a really solid effort from her.”

Next up, the Miners will play home against Middle Tennessee on Friday Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. MT.

UTEP falls to North Texas 52-26

DENTON, Texas – The first 29 seconds of the game spelled doom for UTEP as the Miners fell to North Texas, 52-26, on Saturday in front of an announced attendance of 22,548 at Apogee Stadium in Denton, Texas.

North Texas improved to 4-5 on the season, including a 3-2 mark in league play, while the Miners dropped to 1-7 overall.

The Mean Green found themselves up by a pair of touchdowns just 29 seconds into the game after a 63-yard kick return led to a UNT score, followed by a UTEP fumble on the ensuing kickoff resulted in another touchdown for the home team.

Treyvon Hughes was a bright spot for the Miners with three rushing touchdowns and 97 yards on the ground. His three touchdowns give him 10 on the season, making him the first UTEP player to rushing for 10 or more touchdowns in a season since Aaron Jones had 17 in 2016.

UTEP totaled 285 yards of offense on Saturday with 166 of those coming on the ground, while North Texas racked up 479 yards of total offense with 332 of those coming through the air.

Down 14-0 before the offense took the field, the Miners rallied to put together a 65-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Treyvon Hughes, his eighth of the season, to cut the lead in half.

North Texas extended the lead to 21-7 later in the first half when Mason Fine found Jyaire Shorter for a 48-yard strike to make it a two-score game with just over four minutes left in the first quarter.

After nearly an hour-long first quarter, North Texas opened the scoring in the second quarter with a 44-yard field goal by Ethan Mooney, but the Miners responded in a big way on the ensuing kickoff.

UTEP received a spark of energy early in the second quarter when Duron Lowe returned a kickoff exactly 100 yards to cut the North Texas lead to 10, while becoming the first Miner since Autrey Golden in 2014 to return a kickoff for a touchdown.

North Texas resumed the scoring three minutes later after an 11-play, 72-yard scoring drive was capped off by a 6-yard touchdown pass from Fine to Jaelon Darden. Those two connected once again later in the quarter for another 6-yard score to put the Mean Green on top, 38-14, at the half.

Both teams held each other scoreless for most of the third quarter, but with just over a minute left in the period, Hughes broke away for a career-long 42-yard rushing touchdown, his second of the day and ninth of the season. It marked the third game this season Hughes has rushed for multiple scores.

UNT added a 20-yard touchdown pass from Fine midway through the fourth quarter, while UTEP wrapped up the scoring late in the game with a 3-yard rushing touchdown by Hughes, his third and final of the day.

Hughes’ touchdown made it an 18-deficit for the Miners, but North Texas responded almost immediately with a 71-yard kickoff return, which set up Fine’s six touchdown pass of the day to extend the North Texas lead to 45-20.

In addition to Hughes’ big day on the ground, the Miners were led by Justin Garrett, who had a career-high 11 catches for 77 yards. His 11 catches tied him for ninth in program history for most catches in a single game by a Miner.

Duron Lowe’s 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was just one of many impressive returns by him on the day. Lowe had five kick returns for 204 yards, which gives him the second-most return yards in UTEP history.

Kai Locksley was 17-for-29 passing for 119 yards, while he also rushed for 37 yards on 14 carries. For North Texas, Mason Fine completed 24 passes on 39 attempts, while he totaled 332 passing yards and seven touchdowns for the Mean Green. Darden was on the receiving end of three of Fine’s touchdown passes.

The Miners return to action next Saturday when Charlotte comes to town for the first ever meeting between the two programs. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. MT on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso.

Tickets start at just $12 and are available by calling 747-5234 or by visiting

For complete coverage of UTEP Football, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPFB (Twitter/Instagram) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

Koech Claims Outstanding Senior, Cheruiyot named Freshman of the Meet at the C-USA XC Championships Saturday

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Outstanding Senior recipient Winny Koech finished in second place, clocking a time of 17:03.76 in the 5K, and Freshman of the Meet Titus Cheruiyot registered a close third-place finish (23:58.64) in the 8K at the Conference USA Cross Country Championships Saturday morning.

Overall, the women finished in third place (84 points) behind Southern Miss (74) and champions Middle Tennessee (42).

“Every race [the women] run is an experience. They learn from it and get stronger,” UTEP Head Coach Paul Ereng said. “I’m pleased very much by the women’s performance. I’m really, really pleased because every girl that ran, ran their best of the year. That was incredible. Each one of them they competed very well.”

The men’s squad placed fourth (93 points) as Middle Tennessee claimed the title (31). Charlotte (48) and Rice (89) finished in second and third place, respectively.

Cheruiyot ran a solid race and wasn’t far behind the first and second place winners from MT. He finished only 0:06.7 behind individual champion senior Jacob Choge (23:52.11) and Kigen Chemadi (23:56.35).

Sophomore Rodgers Korir placed sixth (24:06.65), sophomore Boaz Ronoh (24:58.04) finished 19th, junior Cornelius Kapel (25:37.72) and freshman Kayn Quinones (25:40.58) finished 32nd and 33rd, respectively, freshman Kenneth Talavera (25:43.28) placed 36th. Sophomore Michael Sims (27:31.28) and freshman Cory Calvani (27:48.72) rounded out the UTEP men’s field.

Despite only having two runners in the top 10, the future looks bright for the men’s team.

“The men’s team is young,” Ereng said. “We will be strong next year. But we want to compete, trying is not good enough. We respect the other teams, but we want to win next year. I assure you, we’ll be there next year.”

On the women’s side, senior Linda Cheruiyot (17:08.60) finished fourth, junior Carolyne Chepkosgei (17:20.77) placed seventh, sophomore Karoline Daland (17:20.77) registered a 14th-place finish. Freshman Joan Kimaiyo (19:12.79), junior Andrea Lucero (19:31.94) and freshman Jacquilyn Orozco (20:40.97) rounded out the UTEP competitors.

MT’s Eusila Chepkemei (16:55.88) won the women’s individual title, finishing 0:08.8 in front of Koech.

Up next, the Miners will compete at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 15. The NCAA Championships is Nov. 23 in Terra Haute, Indiana.

Gallery+Story: UTEP shoots Past St. Mary’s 59-47 in Exhibition Game

Katarina Zec poured in a game-high 23 points to help lead the UTEP women’s basketball team to a 59-47 victory in an exhibition game against Division II St. Mary’s (TX) at the Don Haskins Center Saturday afternoon.

The Miners trailed early on before an 18-4 run put them out by 12 midway through the second quarter, and the Rattlers never led again.

“I’m really proud of our team,” UTEP head coach Kevin Baker said. “We hit a lull in scoring, but we were taking such good shots. There wasn’t very much for me as a coach to correct or adjust to. We played good enough defense (to overcome missing some shots), holding them to 47 points.”

Michelle Pruitt tallied 10 points to join Zec in double figures for scoring while Ariona Gill (nine points) and Katia Gallegos (seven points) also got involved. Gill grabbed a contest-best 10 boards to nearly record a double-double in the process. UTEP forced 22 turnovers and held St. Mary’s (TX) to 34.7 percent (17-49) from the floor.

St. Mary’s took an early 6-4 lead two minutes into the contest before UTEP picked up the intensity on both ends of the court. The result was wrapping an 18-4 run around the quarter break to steam ahead by 12 (22-10) with 7:54 to play in the half.  It was back-and-forth the remainder of the stanza, with the Miners settling for a seven-point cushion (32-25) heading into halftime.​

UTEP opened up the second half on an 8-2 push to secure its largest lead (40-27) of the contest. Zec capped the sequence by burying one of her four triples (on eight tries) in the game. The Rattlers trimmed the margin to seven through three quarters.

The visitors continued to try to rally in the final frame getting within three points twice, but UTEP reinstated control with a 7-0 run. The Miners continued to cruise down the stretch, closing the game in style.

UTEP will tip off the 2019-20 regular season when it plays host to UC Irvine at 7 p.m. MT on Nov. 9. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids, and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234.

For complete coverage of UTEP women’s basketball, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPWBB (Twitter)@utepwbb (Instagram) and on Facebook or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at

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

Amoret McCartney leads UTEP Rifle against TCU

FORT WORTH – Amoret McCartney produced a career-high 1153 aggregate to lead the Miners (4581) against No. 1 TCU (4659) at the TCU Rifle Range on Saturday morning.

“This match the team was real focused and intense,” Head coach Austin Litherland said.” “We just need to continue this intensity and apply it to our practices. We will go in with a solid game plan for our first home match.”

McCartney locked in a career-best aggregate that was 12 points better than her previous. The freshman accomplished this with her best outings to date in smallbore (575) and air rifle (578).

Jonna Warnken paced UTEP in air rifle with a score of 579, and turned in a career-best aggregate (1150) as well. She also improved on her best smallbore score by 10 points, shooting a 571 in smallbore in Fort Worth.

Morgahn Warner had the third-highest aggregate (1148) on the squad, followed by Samantha Miller (1130) and Jennie Windle (1124)

Next up, the Miners will compete at home against Ohio State next Saturday, November 9.

Gallery+Story: Senior Night Shutout – UTEP blanks UTSA 1-0, Clinches C-USA Championship bid

Tessa Carlin (82′) scored late in the second half as the UTEP soccer team bested UTSA, 1-0, on “Senior Night” at University Field Friday evening.

“I can’t be happier for the team,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “The girls not only showed up, they’ve been bought in all year and they were rewarded with success tonight. It’s a full team effort from the back to the front. I can’t be more excited for them.”

The Miners’ (10-6-3, 5-4-1 C-USA) second straight win locked up a bid to the Conference USA Championships in the process, while the Roadrunners (8-8-1, 4-6-0 C-USA) conclude the 2019 season.

Both teams finished with three shots on goal. Parrott was locked in by turning them all away to post her second straight and seventh shutout of the season. Jojo Ngongo and Lauren Crenshaw were credited with assists on Carlin’s goal.

Crenshaw, Danielle Carreon, Kori Lewis and manager Paige Harm were honored in a post-game senior ceremony.

Parrott was up to the task for the first shot of the game by either team, snuffing out the chance by Abby Kassal in the 15th minute. UTEP then countered only to have Carreon’s try sail wide of the frame. The Roadrunners then went back on the attack, with Parrott making a diving save to her right to once again deny Kassal.

UTEP secured its first corner kick of the contest in the 27th minute, with a service from Jackie Miller being headed just wide of the frame by Emerson Kidd. The Orange and Blue were pressing again in the 43rd minute, but the sequence was wiped out on an offside call.

The Miners received the first opportunity of the second half after a foul against the Roadrunners, but Crenshaw sent the shot high. The senior was on the prowl in the 55th minute, but a long-distance shot was handled by UTSA GK Jil Schneider.

Fellow classmate Carreon was searching for the first goal of the game in the 59th minute when her shot whistled just wide. Ayana Noel nearly put UTEP on the board in the 74th minute when her header was snatched out of the air by Schneider.

The persistent pressure paid dividends in the 82nd minute with Crenshaw playing it to Ngongo, who touched it through to Carlin. The freshman calmly corralled the past and buried it past Schneider.

UTEP will return to the pitch in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Championships on Wednesday.

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

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

Miner Volleyballers fall to No. 23 WKU

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The UTEP volleyball team (10-12, 3-6) fell to No. 23 WKU (24-1, 10-0) in three sets (13-25, 19-25, 17-25), 3-0, on Friday evening at Diddle Arena.

Serena Patterson and Kenidy Howard both recorded three blocks each for the match. Syenna Masaki produced a team-high 12 assists, and Kristen Fritsche was close behind with 11.  Nine different Miners recorded a kill

The Lady Toppers came out strong against the Miners, opening action on an 11-3 run. They would never look back and claimed the first frame, 25-13.

However, the second set was a different story. The Orange and Blue stood toe-to-toe with WKU, forcing 11 ties until the score was tied at 14-14.

The Lady Toppers would end up taking the next four points and the set, 25-19, but UTEP showed they could hang with nationally ranked squad.

WKU defended its home court and defeated UTEP, 25-17, in the third frame to claim victory.

Next up, the Miners will play at Southern Miss on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. MT.

UTEP travels to take on North Texas in Divisional Play

UTEP heads to the Metroplex this weekend when the Miners travel to face North Texas in a West Division matchup in Conference USA.

“North Texas has a very good offense,” head coach Dana Dimel said. “They have been good in the conference for the last three or four years and it is going to be a big test for us. It will be a challenge for us, but again, I think that in a lot of ways we are getting closer and we just have to play better defensively, eliminate the mistakes on offense, continue to be balanced with what we are doing offensively, and continue to throw the ball downfield like we did last week.”

The Miners and Mean Green last met in 2018 in a game North Texas edged UTEP, 27-24, in El Paso.

North Texas leads the all-time series, 15-8-3, over UTEP, with the Mean Green having won the last two meetings over the Miners entering Saturday’s matchup. The last time the Miners defeated North Texas was the 2016 season when UTEP won, 52-24, at the Sun Bowl.

Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. MT on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Apogee Stadium in Denton, Texas.

The game will air on NFL Network with Dave Ryan (play-by-play), Ben Leber (analysis) and Ashley Stroehlein (sideline) calling all the action on Saturday afternoon.

Fans can also tune in to the radio broadcast on ESPN 600 El Paso to hear Jon Teicher (play-by-play), Bernie Ricono (analysis) and Mando Medina (sideline).

UTEP Rifle to Take on No.1 TCU

The UTEP rifle team will be shooting against TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, this Saturday, Nov. 2 for its fourth match of the season.

“We focused on what held us back this past weekend,” Head coach Austin Litherland said. “We worked on our mental and physical game. We just need to go into the match thinking the only think ahead of us is the target.”

You can follow along with the action with live stats via this link.

Sophomore Morgahn Warner led the Miners in their previous match at Air Force, scoring the highest in smallbore (571) and registering an aggregate of 1147. She ranked third on the squad in air rifle (576) behind freshman Jonna Warnken (587) and junior Samantha Miller (581).

Redshirt freshman Jennie Windle scored third on the team with an aggregate of 1129. Amoret McCartney posted the second-best smallbore score (554) for the Orange and Blue in Colorado last weekend.

Senior Casey Lutz, junior Liz Marsh and sophomore Kristen Hemphill will be leading the way for TCU. Lutz (1177), Marsh (1176) and Hemphill (1166) finished as the top three individuals in 2019 versus the Miners.

TCU is the defending national champion and is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation after posting a 4708 aggregate against West Virginia (10/26).

UTEP Cross Country to compete at the 2019 Conference USA Championships

UTEP women’s cross country will defend its Conference USA Championship Saturday, November 2 in chilly Bowling Green, Ky. (WKU).

The women will compete in the 5K starting at 10 a.m. CT/9 a.m. MT, while the men’s squad will take the course in an 8K event at 9 a.m. CT/8 a.m. MT.

Running for the defending champs will be junior Carolyne Chepkosgei, senior Linda Cheruiyot (defending gold medal champion), sophomore Karoline Daland, freshman Joan Kimaiyo, senior Winny Koech (silver medal in 2018), junior Andrea Lucero and freshman Jacquilyn Orozco.

“I think our fifth runner has to step and really work hard for the women to win the championship again,” UTEP Head Coach Paul Ereng said. “I’m looking for that fifth position to go to Andrea Lucero. She’s a junior and has more experience than freshman Joan (Kimaiyo). The fifth position is the key.”

Chepkosgei placed fifth overall and was the third-best Miner to finish last season. This season, the junior distance runner finished in third place at the Lobo Invitational, clocking a time of 18:22.47 in the 5K. She, along with Cheruiyot, Koech and Karoline, are expected to finish as the top four Miners.

“This weekend we need to push hard like we did last season for us to retain our title,” Chepkosgei said. “We have trained really hard during the whole season to prepare for this weekend. Everybody is in good shape and we expect something great this weekend.”

Competing for the men are sophomore Cory Calvani, freshman Titus Cheruiyot, junior Cornelius Kapel, sophomore Rodgers Korir, freshman Kayn Quinones, sophomore Boaz Ronoh, sophomore Michael Sims and freshman Kenneth Talavera.

“The men have been very competitive this season,” Ereng said. “Right now, we have two athletes running very well but the other three have to finish close to them. Middle Tennessee is a very good team and that’s where the competition is going to come from.

UTEP is looking for its first C-USA championship since the 2016 season when the Miners completed back-to-back titles.

Korir, a sophomore, opened the season with a second-place finish at the Lobo Invitational in the 5K, while crossing the finish line first in the 6.4m at the Lori Fitzgerald Memorial. Last season at the C-USA Championships, Korir finished in fifth place and was the second Miner to cross the finish line. The men finished in fourth place with two runners in the top five as Ronoh took second place.

“Winning a conference championship has been my dream of mine and the team,” Korir said. “I’ve been training and running hard so I can help the team win conference. I’m happy so far with my season. Last year, I didn’t do so well, but I feel more comfortable this year.”

Cheruiyot has competed well for the men’s team, finishing in first place during two events in his first season at UTEP. He opened his collegiate career with a first-place finish at the Lobo Invitational, and another winning effort at the Joe Piane-Notre Dame Invitational.

An element the Miners will be challenged with is the cold weather this weekend. Saturday’s high will about 50 degrees. Last season, the C-USA Championships ran in sunny and warm Boca Raton, Florida.

“That’s how the competition is. When you want it badly, regardless if the weather is cold or whatever it is, you got to go for it,” Ereng said. “That’s the point of competing. That is one of the things I will speak [to the team] about during the final touches before they compete. When it rains, it rains on everybody. When it’s windy, it doesn’t blow on one person alone, it blows on everybody. That’s the nature of competition.”

To follow along with all the action, visit the 2019 C-USA XC Championships Central website.

UTEP Women to face St. Mary’s in final exhibition game

The UTEP women’s basketball team will challenge Division II St. Mary’s (TX) in its second and final exhibition game of the preseason.

“Our team is very excited for our second exhibition game of the season,” UTEP head coach Kevin Baker said. “We know that St. Mary’s University will bring in a very talented and competitive squad. As for the Miners, we will use this scrimmage as an opportunity to improve on the things we learned from our last scrimmage. We hope to see another good crowd this Saturday.”

The Miners raced past Eastern New Mexico, 84-64, in their first exhibition tilt on Oct. 26. Senior Katarina Zec scored a game-high 18 points to pace a quartet of players in double figures.

UTEP also turned up the heat on defense by forcing 26 turnovers that were converted into 31 points.

Zec set the tone against the Greyhounds, but a trio of newcomers also got after it scoring. Tatyana Modawar (15 points), Michelle Pruitt (11 points) and Avery Crouse (10 points) all hit double figures in points. Furthermore, freshman Katia Gallegos added seven points, five rebounds and five assists while only committing one turnover in a team-high 29 minutes of action.

Her presence at the point helped the Orange and Blue drain 46.4 percent (32-69) of their shots, including 44.8 percent (8-18) on 3-pointers.

The Rattlers compiled a record of 18-10 last season, including going 7-7 in the Heartland Conference. For 2019-20 they will compete in the Lone Star Conference.

The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. MT at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday. Admission is free.

For complete coverage of UTEP women’s basketball, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPWBB (Twitter)@utepwbb (Instagram) and on Facebook or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

UTEP Volleyball hits the road for two Conference Matches

The UTEP volleyball team (10-11, 3-5) will hit the road to take on No. 23 WKU (23-1, 9-0) on Friday at 5 p.m. MT, and Southern Miss (1-22, 0-9) on Sunday at 11 a.m. MT.

The Lady Toppers are rolling into the weekend on a 19-match winning streak and are ranked No. 23 in the nation. In that span they hold a 57-5 set advantage over their opponents.

Paige Briggs has helped lead WKU to the best winning percentage in America (.958), being named Conference USA Freshman of the Week five times on the year. Lauren Matthews has been a force on offense, amassing over 320 kills and 4.05 kills per set.

Southern Miss is on an eight-match losing streak, and has yet to win a conference match this season. It has only won nine sets out of its 77 this season. Gillian Hidalgo has the most kills for the Golden Eagles with 146.

Serena Patterson was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week this past weekend after her performance against Marshall. She is the first offensive player of the week for the Miners since 2013 (Xitalili Herrera – 10/21/13).

Patterson had 16 kills and recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 13 digs.

Patterson has been on a tear over the past four matches. The sophomore has accumulated 47 kills on a .345 hitting percentage. During these four matches the Miners are 3-1, and are poised to make a run at making the conference tournament.

The Orange and Blue won five matches all of last season. They have already doubled that mark with 10 victories. UTEP has also surpassed the Conference win total from 2018 (two) with three.

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

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).

The matches will be live streamed at, and WKU and Southern Miss will provide live stats as well.

UTEP Soccer to host UTSA on “Senior Night”

The UTEP soccer team (9-6-3, 4-4-1 C-USA) will look to secure a bid to the 2019 Conference USA Championships when it plays host to UTSA (8-7-1, 4-5-0) on “Senior Night” at 7 p.m. Friday.

“We need you El Paso for our last home match,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “Not only will we celebrate our seniors but it will be a game to determine our season’s fate. UTSA will bring quality competition, making it a fun game to be a part of.”

UTEP went 1-1 on a roadswing through the Eastern Time Zone, including a 2-0 dispatching of Old Dominion on Oct. 27. Jojo Ngongo and Tessa Carlin each recorded a goal and an assist in the win, while Emily Parrott registered one save late in the first half on the way to posting her sixth shutout of the season.

The Miners are undefeated (6-0-2) in eight prior match-ups with UTSA, including most recently battling to a scoreless draw in San Antonio last year.

UTSA enters the match-up with UTEP at 8-7-1, 4-5-0 C-USA, putting it one point behind the Miners. The Roadrunners posted a 2-1 win at Charlotte on Oct. 27, ending the seven-match winning streak for the 49ers in the process. Ellis Patterson paces the team in goals (six), assists (six) and points (18). Lexi Bolton (four) and Deja Sandoval (four) have also been consistent scorers. Sophie Milich and Jill Schneider have split the time in net, combining for 54 saves and five shutouts.

UTEP enters Friday’s match-up in a three-way tie for sixth place in the C-USA standings. While there are a lot of possibilities, the simplest way to look at it from the Miners’ perspective is that a win gets them into the 2019 C-USA Championships. The top-eight showing would be UTEP’s first since 2016.

That year as a seventh seed the Orange and Blue sprung the upset on second-seeded Rice to advance to the C-USA semifinals.

UTEP heads into its regular-season finale with a mark of 9-6-3, 4-4-1 C-USA. The effort has allowed the Miners to surpass their win total for both overall and C-USA contests from a year ago (7-8-4, 2-5-3). UTEP has a chance at its first double-digit win total since 2016, which was also the last time it qualified for the C-USA Championships. It can accomplish both with a victory against UTSA on Friday.

The Miners picked up a crucial 2-0 win at ODU on Oct. 27, which allowed the Miners to conclude this year with a road record of 4-3-2. It marks the first winning road record at the school since 2016 (5-4-2).

All tickets are $3 as part of “Fan Appreciation Night,” and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234.

UTEP Athletics Launches ‘Defend the Don’ Campaign for the Battle of I-10

 The UTEP men’s basketball team will square off against long-time rival NM State in El Paso on Tuesday, November 12, and fans are encouraged to pack the Bear’s Den for the Battle of I-10, wear orange and help the Miners ‘Defend the Don.’

“It’s going to be a great matchup between two teams that are very talented and play very hard,” UTEP coach Rodney Terry said.  “Having been exposed to two games in the Battle of I-10 last season, I know how much the rivalry means to these two communities.  We need El Paso to come out, pack the Don and provide us with a tremendous homecourt advantage on Nov. 12.”

Tickets are going fast for the Nov. 12 matchup, as the Miners aim for their first sellout in the Haskins Center since February of 2016 and their first sellout of the Battle of I-10 since December of 2004.  Fans can track the progress toward the sellout, pick their seats and purchase tickets on the new microsite. 

Fans can also join the Battle by adding the hashtag #DEFENDTHEDON to their social media content, with the best posts appearing on the microsite daily up until the big game.

UTEP has also partnered with Nike to produce official DEFEND THE DON long and short sleeve shirts with the likeness of the Miners’ Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins.  The shirts will be available for purchase via a Nike Team Store web link, to be announced.

Anticipation is high for this year’s matchup as the Miners are expected to be among Conference USA’s most-improved teams and the Aggies have appeared in each of the last three NCAA Tournaments.  UTEP returns three of its top four scorers from the 2018-19 squad while introducing a heralded recruiting class that features six Division I transfers.

UTEP Basketball Season Tickets are on sale now, starting at just $160, by calling (915) 747-6150 or visiting the Defend the Don website.  Single-game tickets and five-game mini plans are also available by going online or by calling (915) 747-5234.

The mini plans start at just $44 depending on which five games fans select.

Tipoff for the Nov. 12 game is at 7 p.m. It marks the 218th meeting between the Miners and the Aggies.

UTEP’s Mendizabal Earns C-USA Female Golfer of the Week

UTEP’s Valeria Mendizabal has been named the Conference USA Female Golfer of the Week for the second straight week following a record-breaking performance for the Miners at this week’s Little Rock Golf Classic.

This is Mendizabal’s fourth C-USA Golfer of the Week honor of her career, while three of those have come this season.

Mendizabal opened and closed UTEP’s 2019 fall campaign boasting individual medals, becoming the first Miner to win multiple tournaments in a season since 2006-07. The junior won the Little Rock Golf Classic on Tuesday with the second-lowest individual scorecard in tournament history at 8-under 208 (71-65-72).

Her 7-under 65 fired in the second round marked the best in the event’s existence and broke UTEP’s single-round watermark. Mendizabal led the field with 14 birdies and ranked second in both Par-3 (-2) and Par-5 (-4) scoring.

UTEP placed fifth out of 17 teams competing in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, while Mendizabal crowned a field of 90 individuals.

The Guatemala native also claimed first place at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial back on Sept. 10 to lift the lid on UTEP’s fall slate.

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.

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