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UTEP Soccer to conclude non-conference play vs. University Of The Southwest

The UTEP soccer team (4-2-2) will play host to NAIA program the University of the Southwest (3-3) in its nonconference finale at 7 p.m. MT Tuesday.

“Tuesday will be a big final home nonconference game but also an opportunity for us to thank the wonderful faculty and staff here at UTEP,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “As a program we are blessed with a wonderful support staff to include professors, deans and faculty members. They are the real heroes who put in work that rarely gets acknowledged. Tuesday night will be an opportunity for us to say thank you.”

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids, and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234. As part of “Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night,” UTEP faculty and staff may purchase a ticket for $3 by showing their ID at the ticket window.

Series History Vs. University Of The Southwest

This is the first meeting between the programs.

Quick Overview On University Of The Southwest

The University of the Southwest (NAIA) is 3-3 on the season, including drilling Sul Ross State, 5-1, on Sept. 7. They have been idle since that match since a scheduled contest against UTPB for Sept. 14 was postponed. Priscilla Garcia (five) and Karla Parra (three) have accounted for eight of the team’s 11 goals on the season.

Lauren Zarate (two) tops the squad in assists. Andrea Martinez has started every match in net, recording 33 saves while conceding nine goals.

All Good Things Come To A Close

UTEP’s five-match unbeaten streak was halted in a 2-1 setback at Utah Valley on Sept. 14. It marked the end of the longest such surge by the Miners during non-conference action in three years. UTEP was unbeaten through the first seven matches in 2016.

Getting After It On Defense

UTEP has kept five of its eight foes to one goal or less, including recording a pair of shutouts. The Miners hadn’t allowed multiple tallies in five straight games before conceding a pair at Utah Valley on Sept. 14.

The five-contest surge was the longest in non-conference play at the school since also ripping off five straight such tilts in 2016.

Back Home

UTEP returns to University Field for a pair of matches this week, locking up with the University of the Southwest (7 p.m. MT Tuesday) and FIU (11 a.m. MT Sunday). The Miners have won back-to-back home contests and are 2-1-1 overall in the Sun City in 2019. They have a +2 (7-5) goal differential in those four matches.

Starting It Off Well

UTEP (4-2-2) is assured of a winning record in non-conference play regardless of the outcome of Tuesday’s match. The Miners will now have posted a winning mark in non-league action for the 17th time in the past 18 years, with 2017 (4-5) being the exception.

Three-Headed Attack

Lauren Crenshaw (three), Danielle Carreon (two) and Jojo Ngongo (two) have provided eight of UTEP’s 12 goals on the season. Crenshaw and Carreon also share the squad lead for game-winning tallies with one each. Kam Fisher, Kori Loris, Jackie Miler, Ayana Noel and Nicole Pugsley each have one goal in 2019.

Close Calls

Seven of UTEP’s eight games have been decided by one goal or less. There have been two ties and five contests with a one-goal differential. The Miners are 3-2 in the situation this year. The lone contest to be a larger final margin was a 2-0 victory against Southern Utah (9/8/19).

Looking Ahead

UTEP will open up its 10-match Conference USA slate when it plays host to FIU at 11 a.m. MT Sunday. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids, and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234. It will mark the first time that the Miners will have kicked off C-USA action at home since 2013.

Freshmen Power

UTEP has 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 thus far in 2019, including five who have secured at least one starting nod.

Youth Served In Goal

For the first time since 2008, UTEP is relying exclusively on a freshman goalkeeper. Newcomers Zoey Lopez (Montwood HS) and Emily Parrott (Lone Star HS) have both seen action. Parrott has started seven of eight matches, making 23 saves and recording two shutouts.

Lopez had a quartet of saves before getting injured in the match against Abilene Christian (8/25/19).

Balogun’s History Of Success In League Play

First-year head coach Kathryn Balogun has a history of success in conference action. During her five seasons (2014-18) at the helm of Texas Southern, she compiled a record of 31-13-7 in Southwest Athletic Conference (SWAC) contests. Her squad produced winning marks in SWAC action and advanced to the league tournament in all five seasons.

The Basic Facts

UTEP is in its 24th season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 258-177-36. The Miners (4-2-2) 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.

UTEP Soccer on Social Media

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 Softball announces fall schedule

Head Coach Tobin Echo-Hawk announced the team’s eight-game fall slate on Monday morning.

The Miners will begin their preparation for the 2020 campaign with eight games scheduled for late September and early October.

The first pair of contests for the fall schedule will come against I-10 rival NM State on Sept. 21. The two teams will play a double header in Las Cruces, N.M., at 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. MT.

During the next weekend, the Orange and Blue will head home to the Helen of Troy Softball Complex to take on Odessa, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. MT.

On Oct. 5, UTEP is scheduled to face off against Midland in a double header at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. MT. The next day the Miners will finish off the fall slate versus Howard, with a double header beginning at 12 p.m. MT.

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

UTEP tripped up at Utah Valley 2-1

OREM, Utah- Jackie Miller (29′) scored her first career goal but homestanding Utah Valley snuck past UTEP, 2-1, Saturday evening.

The Wolverines (3-4) used an own goal (15′) and a late tally by Juliana Carter (88′) to halt the Miners’ (4-2-2) five-match unbeaten streak.

Emily Parrott was called upon for the first time in the 11th minute, tracking and smothering the shot by Amber Tripp. Two minutes later UTEP was on the offensive with Lauren Crenshaw’s powerful shot being handled by Allie Jara.

UVU got on the board as result of an own goal in the 15th minute. A ball was crossed into the area where it deflected off the knee of Cayla Payne and unfortunately ended up in the back of the net.

Crenshaw vied for the equalizer shortly thereafter, but her shot was errant. The close calls manifested into a goal in the 29th minute. Off a free kick, Miller’s service bounced and skipped past Jara for her first career tally.

Vanessa Cabello created the first chance for the Miners in the second half, but her shot sailed right of the frame in the 57th minute. A minute later Tessa Carlin’s shot forced a tough save by Jara.

The Miners earned their second corner of the contest in the 75th minute, but they could not convert.

Adrianna Jimmerson tried one from the top right portion of the box but the attempt was turned away by Jara in the 86th minute. About two minutes later there was a cross into the box that was headed down on a pass by a UVU player before Carter tapped home the loose change for the home side.

UTEP pressured after the goal but couldn’t find the equalizer in the waning minutes.

The Orange and Blue will wrap up nonconference play at home against the University of the Southwest (N.M.) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234.

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 Volleyball sweeps Montana

MISSOULA, Mt. – The UTEP volleyball team (5-5) swept Montana (0-8) (25-15, 25-18, 25-20) Saturday afternoon at the West Auxiliary Gym on the campus of Montana.

Hometown kid Cheyenne Jones locked in 10 kills to help carry the Miners to the sweep. Serena Patterson also logged 10 kills, with a .412 hitting percentage.

The reigning Conference USA Freshman of the Week, Irbe Lazda, recorded nine kills and four blocks on a scorching .533 hitting percentage. Syenna Masaki paced the team in assists with 20, and Alex Torres led the way with nine digs. Mallory Yost also added four blocks to the effort.

With the victory, UTEP has now matched last year’s win total only 10 games into the season.

The Miners came out firing on all cylinders to begin the first set. UTEP began with a 7-3 run and never looked back, taking the set 25-15. The Orange and Blue posted a .462 hitting percentage to the Grizzlies .000 hitting percentage.

UTEP was led by Jones and Patterson in the frame, who posted five kills each.

The Orange and Blue continued their dominance from the first set with a 7-1 run to begin the second frame. Montana was unable to get back into the fgame due to UTEP’s play at the net, with Lazda and Yost stifling its attack. The Miners would roll to a 25-18 victory, and a two-set advantage.

UTEP came out with another hot start, stringing together a 6-1 run. However, the Grizzlies would fight back, tying the set at 12-12. The Miners were boasting a one-point lead, 21-20, and then finished things off with a 4-0 run to take the frame and complete the sweep.

Lazda carried the offensive workload, posting five kills in the set to help cap off the match.

Wallis’s Thoughts

“I thought it was a good team win. We had six attackers hit for really good percentages. We passed it really well, and we have been passing it really well for most of the year. We were relentless in digging, and keeping the ball off the ground, which we hadn’t done all weekend. We were a mess defensively all weekend, but today we weren’t. We got back to attacking it from the service line which was great.”

“We didn’t make the ridiculous give the point to the other team errors that we did all day yesterday. Some of that is youth and inexperience, but it is also a skill deficiency. That is my job to get them back in the gym, and to teach them how to end points better. We have to teach them how to defend harder, and be in the right places better. Everything that we are struggling with I know how to fix, so we will get back in the gym and fix it. Cheyenne (Jones) was playing inspired, because she was playing in front of her hometown crowd.”

“Her team wanted to win for her. Serena (Patterson) and Anamarija (Mikovic) put up big numbers on the left. Irbe (Lazda) and Mallory (Yost) were working really hard in transition. Once those four players started scoring it opened up our right-side attack. Then in the third set our right-side players went off too. This was our best offensive match of the year, and our setters did a really good job of listening to Nick (Petrovic).”

“This was a team we should have beat, and a team we executed really well against for two thirds of the match. I am happy to get out of Montana with a victory, but myself and the players are disappointed in our weekend. We are going to get back home and fix some of our deficiencies. We are going to get ready for Texas Tech, Houston and Incarnate Word this week.”

Next up, the Miners take a trip to Lubbock, Texas next weekend to take part in the Red Raider Classic.

UTEP Tennis wraps up play at Midland Racquet Club Intercollegiate Invitational

MIDLAND – Erandi Martinez advanced to the semifinals of consolation play before bowing out to set the tone for the UTEP tennis team on its final day of action at the Midland Racquet Club Intercollegiate Invitational on Saturday.

“We had another tough day today,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Erandi (Martinez) won, then lost in the semifinals of the consolation draw. Mafer (Maria Aveiga) fought hard in her consolation quarterfinal match, falling in three sets. Mafer and Tuca (Thássane Abrahim) lost in their main draw doubles match to a solid team from Lamar. Eve (Daniels) and Tuca played some exhibition singles matches, but also lost in three sets. We fought hard today, but just couldn’t get going. We will head home tomorrow and get back to work. This is a great event, and it showed us how much work we have to do. I am confident we will get there in due time.”

Martinez secured a spot in the semifinals of the back draw by advancing past Helena Jansen (TJC), 3-1, retired. Her run came to an end with a 6-2, 6-3, setback against Rishona Lewis (Texas State).

Aveiga had pushed Lewis to three sets before falling, 4-6, 6-3, 11-9.

In the main draw of doubles, UTEP’s tandem of Abrahim and Aveiga was upended by Biana Vitale and Natalia Molina (Lamar), 8-2.

The Miners will return to the courts when they compete at the NM State Aggie Invitational from Sept. 20-22.

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

UTEP’s Koech, Korir win individual races, Miners claim both team titles at 35th Lori Fitzgerald Memorial

UTEP’s Winny Koech crossed the finish line first, registering a time of 16:40.53 as the senior led the cross country women to the team title at the 35th Lori Fitzgerald Memorial.

On the men’s side, sophomore Rodgers Korir won the individual title, clocking in a time of 19:29.14 and leading the men to a team victory at Chamizal National Memorial Park Friday evening.

“The team competed very well today – both men and women,” UTEP Head Coach Paul Ereng said. “With this being our second meet, we’re still working on where we want to be. We still have a couple of more races to get ready for conference.”

The UTEP women claimed the overall team title in the 4.7KM with 35 points, while EPCC placed second (46 points). Junior Carolyne Chepkosgei finished fourth (17:04.85), senior Linda Cheruiyot (17:14.67) crossed the finish line in fifth and sophomore Karoline Daland placed seventh (17:27.59). Freshmen Joan Kimaiyo (18th – 19:41.78), Jacquilyn Orozco (23rd – 20:41.36) and Valerie Gonzalez (25th – 21:27.64) rounded out the field for UTEP.

UTEP finished first overall in the men’s race with 35 points, while EPCC (39 points) placed second in the 6.4KM. Freshman Titus Cheruiyot finished third, clocking in a time of 19:47.13, while sophomore Boaz Ronoh (20:44.10) placed eighth. Freshman Kenneth Talavera (20:47.59) finished 10th, and junior Cornelius Kapel (21:13.38) placed 16th. Freshman Kayn Quinones (17th – 21:30.80), sophomore Michael Sims (20th – 21:47.58), sophomore Cory Calvani (27th – 22:36.48), sophomore Daniel Maes (30th – 23:22.61), freshman Alek Duran (31st – 23:31.91) and junior Allan Ortiz (36th – 25:01.24) rounded out the UTEP men’s side.

Up next, UTEP will compete at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational Oct. 4 in South Bend, Ind.

**After a correction in error, the UTEP men’s cross country team tallied 35 points to win the team title at last night’s event. Jesus Bruno, who finished seventh, was incorrectly attached to EPCC. His status was updated to an individual runner and EPCC’s points were corrected to 39.**

UTEP’s Winny Koech places first, Leads Women to Team Title; Rodgers Korir wins Men’s Race

UTEP’s Winny Koech crossed the finish line first, registering a time of 16:40.53 as the senior led the cross country women to the team title.

On the men’s side, sophomore Rodgers Korir won the individual title, clocking in a time of 19:29.14 at Chamizal National Memorial Park Friday evening.

“The team competed very well today – both men and women,” UTEP Head Coach Paul Ereng said. “With this being our second meet, we’re still working on where we want to be. We still have a couple of more races to get ready for conference.”

The UTEP women claimed the overall team title in the 4.7KM with 35 points, while EPCC placed second (46 points). Junior Carolyne Chepkosgei finished fourth (17:04.85), senior Linda Cheruiyot (17:14.67) crossed the finish line in fifth and sophomore Karoline Daland placed seventh (17:27.59).

Freshmen Joan Kimaiyo (18th – 19:41.78), Jacquilyn Orozco (23rd – 20:41.36) and Valerie Gonzalez (25th – 21:27.64) rounded out the field for UTEP.

The UTEP men placed second overall (38 points) behind EPCC (27 points) in the 6.4KM. Freshman Titus Cheruiyot finished third, clocking in a time of 19:47.13, while sophomore Boaz Ronoh (20:44.10) placed eighth. Freshman Kenneth Talavera (20:47.59) finished 10th, and junior Cornelius Kapel (21:13.38) placed 16th.

Freshman Kayn Quinones (17th – 21:30.80), sophomore Michael Sims (20th – 21:47.58), sophomore Cory Calvani (27th – 22:36.48), sophomore Daniel Maes (30th – 23:22.61), freshman Alek Duran (31st – 23:31.91) and junior Allan Ortiz (36th – 25:01.24) rounded out the UTEP men’s side.

UTEP will compete at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational Oct. 4 in South Bend, Ind.

UTEP Volleyball drops two matches in Montana

MISSOULA, Mt. – The UTEP Volleyball team (4-5) fell to CSU Bakersfield (2-5) in five sets (22-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-17, 13-15), 3-2, on Friday morning.

The Miners also dropped a match to Montana State (3-4) in three sets (27-29, 22-25 19-25), later in the day at the West Auxiliary Gym on Montana’s campus.

Versus CSU Bakersfield

Serena Patterson led the way for the Miners with 17 kills on a .333 hitting percentage. Anamarija Mikovic (11), Alianza Darley (10) and Cheyenne Jones (10) all logged double-digit kills. Mallory Yost led the team in blocks (five) and Jones posted four of her own. Syenna Masaki and Kristen Fritsche both tallied 25 assists a piece.

The Miners were playing from behind the whole first set, but after back-to-back aces from Mikovic and a kill from Irbe Lazda, the Miners took an 18-17 lead. The Roadrunners responded with a 6-1 run, regaining the lead and the momentum. UTEP would fight back, cutting the deficit to 24-22, but could not get any closer.

The Orange and Blue took complete control of the second set, after jumping out to an 11-6 advantage. Darley asserted herself with four kills in the game, and boosted the Miners to a 25-19 set victory.

UTEP carried that momentum into the third frame, dominating their way to a 25-18 victory, and took a 2-1 set advantage.

The Miners were in store for an epic fourth game with CSU Bakersfield. UTEP went up 20-15, but the Roadrunners battled their way back into the set with a 7-2 run, tying things up. The frame would see another tie at 25-25, but the Miners came out on the losing end, forcing a deciding fifth set.

The fifth frame saw back-and-forth action all throughout. UTEP created separation late in the set, posting a 13-11 lead and forcing a timeout from the Roadrunners. CSU Bakersfield came out of the huddle on fire, stringing together four straight points to claim the set, 15-13, and the match.

Versus Montana State

Mikovic led the offense with eight kills. Yost and Darley both added six kills each to the effort. Yost, Darley and Lazda all posted three blocks for the match.

UTEP came out slow to enter the first set. It quickly found itself down 10-3 to open things up. The Miners would bounce back with a 9-3 run to tie the frame at 12-12. Each team would then take turns throwing their best punch. The set featured 12 ties and the Miners faced set point on three different occasions. However, the Orange and Blue would eventually fall, 29-27.

The Bobcats once again came out ahead of the Miners with a 7-3 advantage. UTEP would climb its way back into the set, finally tying the frame at 16-16. Unfortunately, the Miners could not put together enough points to take the set, losing 25-22 and facing a two-set deficit.

The Miners were dealing with a one point disadvantage, 11-10, when Montana State strung together a 5-1 run to open up its lead. The Orange and Blue were unable to get any closer, and ultimately fell, 25-19, and dropped the match in straight sets.

The Miners will cap off their trip to Big Sky Country with a match against Montana on Saturday at 12 p.m. MT.

UTEP Volleyball travels to Montana for three matches

UTEP volleyball (4-3) will hit the road to Missoula, Mont., to play three matches this weekend at the Farmer’s State Bank Invitational, hosted by Montana.

The Miners will kick off the invitational with a match against CSU Bakersfield (1-5) at 10 a.m. MT on Friday. Later that day, the Orange and Blue will play Montana State (2-4) at 4 p.m. MT.

To cap off UTEP’s trip up north, it will play the hosting school, Montana (0-6), on Saturday at 12 p.m. MT.

Each match will have live stats at statbroadcast.com, and the games will be live streamed at either bigskyconf.com, or at pluto.tv on channel 537.

The Roadrunners have posted a 1-5 record to begin their 2019 campaign. They are led by Brooke Boiseau, who has 55 kills and 2.29 kills per set this season. Boiseau also paces CSUB in blocks with 23. Senior Sidney Wicks leads the squad in assists (119), posting 5.17 per set.

Montana State has a 2-4 record entering the third week of play. Setter Allie Lynch has been effective, accumulating 230 assists and 9.58 assists per set in her junior year. Hannah Scott is on the other end of most of those assists with 69 kills to her stat line.

Montana is 0-6 this year, and has yet to win a set. They are led by freshman Amethyst Harper in the kills department with 41. Redshirt freshman Casey Stites holds the lead in assists with 127.

Junior Cheyenne Jones will have the opportunity to play in her home city of Missoula, Mont., for the first time since her high school days. Jones leads the Miners in kills (68), and is second on the squad in blocks (26). The Missoula native was named UTEP Student-Athlete of the Week earlier this season due to her dominance in the first weekend of play.

Irbe Lazda became the first player in program history to be named Conference USA Freshman of the Week last weekend. Against Texas A&M-CC she had 16 kills, and recorded the second highest hitting percentage (.700) in a five-set match in the UTEP record books. The Latvian also posted 20 blocks in 18 sets played at the Borderland Invitational.

UTEP volleyball has officially been ushered into the Ben Wallis era. The Miners are enjoying their best start to a season since 2011, and are only one win away from matching last year’s win total.

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

Crenshaw’s Golden Goal Lifts UTEP Past NM State 2-1, In Double Overtime

LAS CRUCES, N.M.- Senior Lauren Crenshaw (107′) scored with a little more than three minutes to play in the contest to lift UTEP to a 2-1 double-overtime win at NM State Thursday afternoon.

The Miners (4-1-2) have now won three straight games while also extending their unbeaten streak to five (4-0-1).

“I’m just really excited and happy for the girls,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “One of our principles is grit, and they found a way to win this game.”

The Aggies (1-3-2) got on the board off a penalty kick by Shea O’Connor (20′) but UTEP would not wilt. It found the equalizer in the 75th minute on a goal by Jojo Ngongo, with Emerson Kidd and Adrianna Jimmerson being credited with assists on the play.

The Miners held a 23-12 advantage in shots, including 7-3 advantage for shots on goal. Freshman GK Emily Parrott was credited with two saves, with the lone blemish coming on the PK.

Tessa Carlin had a great look in fourth minute but her shot was gobbled up by Dmitri Fong. A minute later NM State was on the offensive where Parrott turned away the chance by Hannah Leitner.

Crenshaw fired one from distance that forced a leaping save by Fong in the 13th minute.

A handball in the box gave NM State a penalty kick in the 20th minute. O’Connor converted the golden opportunity past Parrott. UTEP controlled play over the final 25 minutes of the period, accounting for four of the five shots and the only corner in the stretch.

UTEP came out with good energy in the second half, generating a pair of shots in the first four minutes. It also had a corner kick in the 52nd minute, but couldn’t convert.

Kam Fisher deftly moved past a defender in the 67th minute, but her shot whistled just wide. UTEP’s persistent pressure paid dividends in the 75th minute. Kidd played a ball ahead to Jimmerson, who sent it to a streaking Ngongo. The sophomore one-timed the shot into the left corner of the goal past a diving Fong.

Danielle Carreon forced Fong to make a save two minutes later, and then again in the 86th minute. Overall UTEP outshot NM State, 12-2, in the second half.

The Orange and Blue created the first opportunity of the overtime period with a spin-around shot from Tessa Carlin being blocked. The Aggies generated three shots in the frame, two of which were blocked. The other was wide of the net.

UTEP picked up its intensity in the second overtime stanza, with most of the action being contested in NM State’s portion of the field. The golden goal came with about three minutes remaining. UTEP was in possession deep in NM State territory when a bouncing ball came to Crenshaw. She blasted a hard shot that deflected off a defender but still had enough juice on it to end up in the back of the net for her team-leading third goal of the season.

UTEP will look to keep things rolling when it plays at Utah Valley at 7 p.m. MT Saturday.

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.

Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare named official healthcare sponsor of UTEP Athletics

UTEP Athletics and Van Wagner have reached an exclusive agreement with Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare to serve as the official healthcare sponsor for UTEP Athletics.

“We are delighted to welcome Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare as the official and exclusive healthcare sponsor of Miner Athletics,” Jim Senter, UTEP Director of Athletics said.

“This sponsorship aligns two outstanding organizations which we believe will provide a win/win for the El Paso Community.  Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare has a long-standing tradition of serving El Paso and investing in our citizens.  This exclusive sponsorship will allow UTEP Athletics to highlight those investments.”

“Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare is pleased to serve as a resource to UTEP, and we’re honored to join the throngs of Miners fans in supporting these student-athletes,” Don Karl, chief executive officer of Las Palmas Medical Center, said.

“Sports has the unique ability to bring people together, and we are very proud to be an official part of the UTEP Athletics family today and for years to come,” David Shimp, chief executive officer of Del Sol Medical Center, said.

Van Wagner brokered and is managing this sponsorship agreement. Van Wagner serves as the multimedia rights representative for UTEP Athletics.

“A great relationship with a hospital sponsor is one of the most important things for a Division I athletic department,” Ben Burke, Vice President of Van Wagner, said.  “I’ve been fortunate enough to work on a number of partnerships over the years at different institutions.  The people at Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare — Don Karl, David Shimp, Michelle Hays and everyone involved — have been unbelievable and their engagement with this process and desire to support UTEP is as great as I’ve seen in any market in the country.  We’re proud to call Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare our official and exclusive healthcare sponsor.”

Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare is one of the leading healthcare providers for El Paso and the surrounding region, with physicians, nurses and staff who are committed to delivering the highest quality patient care. The system’s full-service hospitals offer comprehensive medical services in nearly every specialty and include accredited Chest Pain Emergency Centers and award-winning maternity services.

As part of HCA, Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare brings unsurpassed healthcare resources to El Paso residents in fields such as gynecological surgery, cardiology, neuroscience and bariatric surgery. Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare has received recognition for its orthopedic and spine surgery programs and is a Commission on Cancer-accredited program.

For more information, please visit their website.

UTEP Tennis to open Fall Season at Midland Racquet Club Intercollegiate Invitational

 Three newcomers (Thássane Abrahim, Maria Aveiga and Eve Daniels) and returnee Erandi Martinez will represent the UTEP tennis team at the Midland Racquet Club Intercollegiate Invitational Friday through Sunday.

“We are very excited to begin our fall tournament season at the Midland Racquet Club Intercollegiate,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “This is a great event with many top teams from all over the country. We are looking forward to finally getting out and competing after a couple of weeks of practice. The four Miners that will be making the trip are junior returner Erandi Martinez, junior transfer Maria “Mafer” Aveiga, and freshmen Eve Daniels and Thássane “Tuca” Abrahim. These four have been playing extremely well these first few weeks, and it will be great to see them transition from practice to competition.”

It marks the first of five fall tournaments for the Miners, who will also compete at the NM State Aggie Invite (Sept. 20-22), the San Diego State University Invitational (Sept. 27-29), the ITA Mountain Regional Tournament (Oct. 23-26) and the SFA Invite (Nov. 1-3).

Abrahim is a freshman from Brazil who achieved a universal tennis ranking of 9.8 in 2018.

“I’m looking forward to competing against players from other universities,” Abrahim said. “It’s going to be great to play doubles and compete with UTEP.”

Fellow classmate Daniels ventured to UTEP from England, where she had success in both singles and doubles play at various ITF events.

“I’m looking forward to competing as a team,” Daniels said. “I’m also looking forward to competing in a doubles event.”

Aveiga is a junior who competed two seasons with Seward County Community College, helping the program win back-to-back Region VI titles. Last year she advances to the semifinals of the national tournament in both singles and doubles play.

“I’m so excited to compete against other universities,” Aveiga said. “I also want to see the level (of play) of other players.”

Martinez is a two-year letter winner for the Miners, who compiled a combined 21 victories in 2018-19.

“I’m very excited about this tournament,” Martinez said. “I know it’s going to be a challenge. It’s going to be tough and good competition, but we are willing to work super hard and work as a team.”

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

UTEP to host Lori Fitzgerald Memorial Friday at Chamizal National Memorial Park

UTEP cross country will host the 35th Lori Fitzgerald Memorial on Friday, Sept. 13 at Chamizal National Memorial Park.

Joining the Miners will be El Paso Community College, NM State, Sul Ross and Western New Mexico. The men will open the meet in the 7K with the gun going off at 6 p.m., while the women’s 5K will shoot off at 6:45 p.m.

Running for the men will be Cory Calvani, Titus Cheruiyot, Alek Duran, Cornelius Kapel, Rodgers Korir, Daniel Maes, Allan Ortiz, Kayn Quinones, Boaz Ronoh, Michael Sims and Kenneth Talavera. For the women, last year’s champion Linda Cheruiyot, Carolyne Chepkosgei, Karoline Daland, Valerie Gonzalez, Joan Kimaiyo, Winny Koech and Jacquilyn Orozco will suit up.

Titus Cheruiyot is off to a fast start in his collegiate career as the freshman raced out to a first-place finish in the 5K at the Lobo Invitational Aug. 31 in Albuquerque N.M. Cheruiyot posted a time of 15:17.88, while teammate Korir (15:18.64) finished second in a tight competition.

The UTEP men’s team tallied 44 points, placing second behind New Mexico (35 points). The women’s team finished third with a score of 74 behind NM State (51) and New Mexico (40).

Linda Cheruiyot (18:15.81) placed second overall to lead her squad, while Chepkosgei (18:22.47) finished third overall.

A BIT OF LORI FITZGERALD HISTORY

Lori Fitzgerald, a native of Denver, Colo., was recruited to UTEP by then-cross country and distance coach Gary Mazziotti in 1985. She was offered a full academic scholarship to attend Brown University at the end of her high school career.

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Fitzgerald chose to become a student-athlete at The University of Texas at El Paso.

Fitzgerald was with the program for only three weeks in El Paso before a tragic accident. She was hit by a farming truck in the Upper Valley of Sunland Park Drive while warming up for the teams’ last time trial run to determine the top seven runners.

It happened a week before what would have been her first cross country competition at UTEP.

“I’ve had many feelings and emotions over the years with Lori’s accident,” Mazziotti wrote in an email recently. “She was such a beautiful human being – Lori was giving and caring towards everyone she met. She was a three-time state champion from Colorado and a high school valedictorian.”

Maziotti is a UTEP alumni, class of 1973 and was a team member of the 1969 cross country team. He went on to become the cross country and distance coach for three seasons (1984-1986). He currently lives in Los Angeles and will attend Friday’s meet.

UTEP’s Mendizabal named C-USA Co-Golfer of the Week

UTEP junior Valeria Mendizabal has been named the Conference USA Co-Golfer of the Week after her performance for the Miners women’s golf program in the season-opener this week.

Mendizabal claimed the individual title at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial this week in Springfield, Missouri. The junior from Guatemala shot 3-under-par 68 in the final round on Tuesday to take home first place among the field of 75 players with a total score of 212 (69-75-68) for the event.

Her 68 score in the third round and overall total of 212 are both career-lows for the junior, while the first-place finish is the first of Mendizabal’s career as a Miner. She finished the tournament at 1-under-par.

As a team, the Miners just missed out on first place, coming in second place out of 12 teams competing at the Twin Oaks Country Club in Springfield.

The Miners return to action Sept. 28-29 when the team travels to compete in the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, California.

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 Soccer to play at I-10 Rival NM State, Utah Valley

The surging UTEP soccer team (3-1-2) will hit the road to lock up with I-10 rival NM State (4 p.m. MT Thursday) and Utah Valley (7 p.m. MT Saturday). 

“Thursday will be a big I-10 rivalry game at NM State,” UTEP head coach Kathryn Balogun said. “To increase the stakes both teams come into the game on multiple-game unbeaten streaks, which will be fun. Then we turn around and head to Utah for a good game in a great stadium at Utah Valley. It is going to be really important as we move into these last nonconference games that we start to focus on the immediate task at hand, both on and off the field.”

The Miners are riding a four-match unbeaten streak (3-0-1), including a perfect 2-0 mark on their most-recent homestand.

Series History Vs. NM State

UTEP is 7-1 all time against I-10 rival NM State, including a 2-1 advantage when playing in Las Cruces, N.M. The Miners drilled the Aggies, 4-1, at home last season (9/23/18). NM State’s lone win in the series came two years ago (8/18/17), when it emerged victorious, 2-1, in double overtime at home.

Series History Vs. Utah Valley

UTEP leads the series with Utah Valley, 6-3, but the two sides haven’t locked up since the 2015 season. The Miners posted a 1-0 win that year.

Quick Overview On NM State

NM State is 1-2-2 on the year, but it is unbeaten (1-0-1) over the past two matches. The Aggies have been outscored, 10-5, on the season, with that figure hindered by a 4-0 deficit in the first half of contests this year. Oregon State transfer Shea O’Connor has accounted for a team-leading two goals while Xitlaly Hernandez tops the team in assists (two).

Dmitri Fong has started all five matches in goal, making 32 saves on 42 shots on target. NM State finished 2-16 last year but they were 9-10-1 in 2017.

Quick Overview On Utah Valley

Utah Valley got off to a 2-2 start but it has dropped back-to-back matches, including falling at Santa Clara, 5-0, last time out on Sept. 8. It is 2-0 on the season at home (+3 goal differential) and 0-4 on the road (-9 goal differential). Amber Tripp is responsible for three of the team’s five goals on the season. Allie Jara has earned the bulk of playing time in net, recording 18 saves on 24 shots on goal.

On A Roll

UTEP is riding a four-match unbeaten streak (3-0-1), having outscored the opposition by a count of 6-2 during the surge. Six different players have scored and freshman GK Emily Parrott has made 12 saves on 14 shots on goal during the stretch.

Strong Start

The Miners enter this week at 3-1-2 on the year, their best record through six games since 2016 (4-0-2). They have a +3 goal differential (9-6), in addition to advantages for shots (75-70) and shots on goal (36-28).

Smothering Defense

UTEP posted its second shutout of the season during its 2-0 win against Southern Utah on Sept. 8. The Miners didn’t allow a shot on goal in the game, marking the first time they’ve pulled that off since a season-opening win against NM State in 2009.

Road Success

UTEP went 1-0-1 on its first road trip of 2019, emerging victorious 2-1 at Grand Canyon (8/29/19) and playing to a scoreless draw at UTRGV (9/1/19). The strong play allowed the Miners to stand unbeaten on the road through two matches for the first time since 2013 (5-0-1, finished 6-2-1).

Balanced Attack

UTEP has relied on a balanced offensive approach in 2019, with seven different Miners accounting for the team’s nine goals. Seniors Danielle Carreon and Lauren Crenshaw are tied for the squad lead with two tallies while Kam Fisher, Kori Loris, Jojo Ngongo, Ayana Noel and Nicole Pugsley also have found the back of the net.

Freshmen Power

UTEP has 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 thus far in 2019, including five who have secured at least one starting nod.

Youth Served In Goal

For the first time since 2008, UTEP is relying exclusively on a freshman goalkeeper. Newcomers Zoey Lopez (Montwood HS) and Emily Parrott (Lone Star HS) have both seen action. Parrott has started five of six matches, making 18 saves and recording two shutouts. Lopez had a quartet of saves before getting injured in the match against Abilene Christian (8/25/19).

Getting It Done In League Play

First-year head coach Kathryn Balogun has a history of success in conference action. During her five seasons (2014-18) at the helm of Texas Southern, she compiled a record of 31-13-7 in Southwest Athletic Conference (SWAC) contests. Her squad produced winning marks in SWAC action and advanced to the league tournament in all five seasons.

The Basic Facts

UTEP is in its 24th season as a program, boasting an all-time record of 257-176-36. The Miners (3-1-2) 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.

UTEP Soccer on Social Media

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.

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