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Honolulu — The UTEP volleyball team suffered its third loss at the hands of NO.11 Hawai’i, falling 3-0 (20-25, 25-15, 25-10) at the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational.
UTEP was lead by setter, Malia Patterson who secured 20 assists while Talia Jones registered nine kills.
UH took the lead in the first set, as two kills from middle blocker, Jade Voster and Hartong capitalized off a Miner attack error. The Miners responded with two kills put up by pair, Xitlali Herrera, and Patterson, bringing the score, 3-2.
Keeping on the heels of the ‘Bows, UTEP kept Hawaii from capturing a substantial lead with three kills put up by outside hitter, Taylor Nix, two by Talia Jones, and two more by Herrera and Madison Morris. But with the score set, 18-17, UH closed out the set with four straight points winning the set, 25-20.
Much like the first set, the Bow’s took a 3-0 lead with three consecutive kills, two delivered by Taylor and one by Hartong. Staying in the game UTEP posted eight kills, with Herrera, Jones and Nix delivering two each, and Lindsey Larson and Morris each posting one, bringing the score, 13-10.
Overcoming the Miners’ defense, Hawaii took off hammering eight of the set’s final 10 points. Two consecutive kills by Ashely Kasti and Kristiana Tuaniga allowed the ‘Bows to take a two set lead with a final score of 25-15.
Hawaii took the momentum into the third stanza, racing out with a 6-0 lead as Vorster and Kalei Adolpho both contributed five kills each. Errors were the Miners’ demise in the set, committing seven attack errors and one service error, resulting in eight unearned points for the Warriors. UTEP could not recover falling, 24-18.
The Miners will return to Memorial Gym to hold their first home matches against Southern and Oral Roberts at the UTEP Invitation on Friday.
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