Juniors Earn AVCA Honorable Mention All-America

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 3:57pm

Juniors Jeane Horton and Xitlali Herrera are named to the 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I All-America team.

The duo becomes the second and third Miners in program history to earn a spot in the Honorable MentionAll-America team. Kari Stacy was named to the squad in 2005.

Horton started in all 29 matches this season in the Orange and Blue. Horton is ranked 25th in the nation in points per set (4.92) and 28th in kills per set (4.3). She not only leads the team in kills, but also secured the No. 2 spot in the UTEP recordbook for total kills (469) registered in asingle season. She rates second on the team in hitting percentage (.296) and third in blocks (79).

The outside hitter recorded double-digit kill performances in 28 out of 29 matches, including a career-high 23 against Rice. She has totaled five 20 or more kill performances this season and ranks first all time for hitting percentage in five sets (.567-Fresno St.) and second for hitting percentage in four sets (.633-Southern Miss). Horton was named AVCA All-Region, All-C-USA first team honoree, C-USA Offensive Player of the Week and was selected to three All-Tournament teams during her 2012 campaign.

Herrera is an all-around competitor and is the only C-USA player that is a middle blocker and plays all six rotations. She has started in all 29 matches this season and leads the team in hitting percentage (.300) and is second in kills (333), digs (290), blocks (101) and aces (20). She helped UTEP secure the No. 62 spot in the nation for hitting percentage (.236).

Herrera has registered 10 double-doubles this season for UTEP, including an impressive 17 kills and 15 digs versus Tulsa where she led the squad’s defense and offense. She has earned three spots in the UTEP recordbook for hitting percentage in three sets (.647-4th), hitting percentage in four sets (.556-3rd) and (.542-4th). The middle blocker has totaled 10 or more kills in 19 matches and 10 or more digs in 15 matches during her 2012 campaign. This season, Herrera was named C-USA Defensive and Offensive Player of the Week and received C-USA All-Academic honors. The junior concluded the season, as she became the second Miner in program history to earn back-to-back All-C-USA first team honors and be named to the All-Region team.

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