SPRINGFIELD, MO. -- The UTEP women's golf team concluded the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial tournament on Tuesday in Springfield, Mo., finishing seventh in a field of 15 teams.
The Miners carded rounds of 307, 304 and 313 for a total of 924.
Oral Roberts was the tournament champ (293-295-303-891), followed by Arkansas-Little Rock (298-303-300-901) and Missouri State (304-296-304-904). The individual medalist was Wichita State's Maria Alejandra Villalobos with a three-over-par 216 (69-71-76).
UTEP's June Ting tied for 10th place (80-73-73-226), Camino Sardinero tied for 29th place (73-76-82-231), Sofia Castiello tied for 41st place (79-78-79-236), Patricia Rico-Avello tied for 47th place (75-77-85-237) and Amber Herrera tied for 52nd place (81-79-79-239).
The Miners will be back in action at the Blue Raider Invitational Oct. 20-21 in Murfreesboro, Tenn., their final tournament of the fall season.
SPRINGFIELD, MO. -- The UTEP women's golf team improved its score on day two of the Payne Stewart Memorial, leaping two spots in the team standings in the process.
With 18 holes remaining on Tuesday, the Miners are in sixth place (307-304-611) led by Camino Sardinero, who is tied for eighth place with a seven-over-par 149 (73-76-149).
Patricia Rico-Avello is tied for 17th place (75-77-152), June Ting is tied for 26th place (80-73-153), Sofia Castiello is tied for 46th place (79-78-157) and Amber Herrera is tied for 56th place (81-79-160) to round out the scoring for UTEP.
Oral Roberts is in first place (293-295-588) in a field of 15 teams.
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. –The UTEP soccer team showed tremendous resiliency to pick up a road point after battling to a scoreless draw at Marshall Sunday afternoon. It marked the school-record fourth consecutive overtime contest for the Miners (9-5-2, 3-2-1 C-USA). UTEP has now played eight total overtime games in 2014, also a program record.
The Thundering Herd (5-4-4, 2-1-2 C-USA) enjoyed advantages in total shots (25-8), shots on goal (7-5) and corner kicks (8-1) but they were lucky to escape with a tie. UTEP had three incredibly close calls, including a pair in overtime.
Junior Angela Cutaia bested Marshall GK Lizzie Kish with a shot at 91:57 only to have the MU defense prevent the golden goal by clearing it off the line. Senior Mackenzie German blasted a shot that also got past Kish before it banged off the crossbar at 98:47. Earlier in the game it was a chance from freshman Margaret Hadley that glanced off the post at 49:39.
Sarah Dilling recorded six saves on the way to posting her sixth shutout and 18th of her career. Dilling trails only former Miner GK Amanda Smith, who recorded 18.5 shutouts during her career. The NCAA has since changed the rule regarding shutouts for goaltenders.
“I am proud of UTEP Soccer for going undefeated this weekend on the road in Conference USA play,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. “It is very hard to do and the travel is tough. Marshall is an excellent team, well coached, and they really battled. We did not have our best first half but played well from there on and created a few scoring opportunities.
“The schedule turns in our favor now. We will focus all of our attention on a very good UTSA team. We hope our awesome fans will come out and cheer us on at home next Sunday!”
Marshall tested Dilling early, who turned away the header try by Alyssa Cathey. In the ninth minute there was a big collision just outside the box to give MU a wonderful look on a set piece. UTEP defended it tremendously, blocking the shot before winning possession and clearing it away.
The Miners then went on the offensive, with German aggressively advancing the ball up the pitch. She played a ball to Bri Barreiro, who fired on net. Kish was well positioned and she made the save at 11:23. Three minutes later after a foul on the Thundering Herd, Tayler O’Hayre boomed the ball into box. Somehow Aleah Davis won possession but her shot was blocked away at the last second.
Dilling was called upon again in the 19th minute. Off a free kick Lia Foster laced a shot. Dilling tracked it well to make the clean save. Play became increasingly physical as the half wore on. Factor in the solid on-ball defending from each side, and it was no surprise to see the two sides conclude the stanza scoreless.
Action opened up a bit in the second half. Marshall earned one of its aforementioned eight corners at 47:14 which led to a shot for Berrie Walker. As was the case throughout the tilt UTEP pressured well and subsequently forced the shot to go wide.
The Miners countered, and Hadley’s shot hit the post. The keepers then took center stage, with each recording a save in the next minute. Nine minutes later it was Dilling coming up big on a shot seemingly out of nowhere by Kelly Culicerto. The Miners’ stop troops then were credited with the team save on a follow-up try by Kayla Byrnside.
In the 70th minute it was an impressive display by UTEP leading to a great look for Bri Thomas. She laced a shot but Kish reacted well with a diving save to her right. In the latter stages of the period Aleah Davis got free in the box for a header but Kish was there again.
The match headed to OT where UTEP seemingly did everything right but a goal was not in the cards. Marshall posted a quartet of shots in the extra session but none of them were on target.
UTEP will be idle for a week before resuming action at home against UTSA at 1 p.m. on Oct. 19. It will be “Soccer Mom’s Day” with moms getting in free when they bring their kids to the game. Otherwise tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for kids.
EL PASO, TEXAS – The UTEP women’s basketball team has been pegged to finish fourth in Conference USA this year, according to the preseason poll that was revealed by the league office Wednesday morning.
The league’s head coaches selected Middle Tennessee, which won both the 2014 C-USA regular season and tournament championship, as the favorite. C-USA newcomer WKU, which won the Sun Belt and competed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, was tabbed second.
2014 WNIT participant Southern Miss was predicted third followed by the Miners, who enjoyed a banner 2013-14 season while making a run to finals of the 2014 WNIT. Charlotte (fifth), Old Dominion (sixth), Louisiana Tech (seventh), UAB (eight), North Texas (tied ninth), UTSA (tied ninth), FIU, (11th), Rice (12th), Florida Atlantic (13th) and Marshall (14th) rounded out the 14-team prediction.
Middle Tennessee picked up six first-place votes while WKU had five. Southern Miss, UTEP and UTSA each received one vote.
"Preseason polls are fun for the fans to talk about but my focus is on preparing my team for this season,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “Conference USA play will be extremely competitive from top to bottom. We will need to bring it and be ready to compete for a full 40 minutes every time out. We have a lot of work to do and I'm excited about the opportunity to teach this group."
WKU’s Chastity Gooch was voted as the C-USA Preseason Player of the Year. She was joined on the Preseason All C-USA Team by Lefty Webster (Charlotte), Whitney Frazier (Louisiana Tech), Olivia Jones (Middle Tennessee), Tamara Jones (Southern Miss), Chelsee Black (UAB), Alexis Govan (WKU) and Kendall Noble (WKU).
The Miners started preparations for the 2014-15 season by holding their first official practice on Oct. 6. UTEP will face St. Mary’s in an exhibition contest on Nov. 7 before tipping off its campaign in earnest with the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Battle of I-10 against New Mexico State on Nov. 14.
Season tickets for the 2014-15 season continue to be available for purchase. Fans may call (915) 747-6150 or e-mail email@example.com to secure theirs today. For the first time in program history the reserved floor seats are sold out but fans may purchase a general admission season ticket for only $60. Another option is the “Family Pack” (2 adults, 2 youth, ages 2-12) for just $150.
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2014-15 Preseason C-USA Women’s Basketball Poll
1. Middle Tennessee (6) – 181 points
2. WKU (5) – 179 points
3. Southern Miss (1) – 163 points
4. UTEP (1) – 154 points
5. Charlotte – 132 points
6. Old Dominion – 116 points
7. Louisiana Tech – 105 points
8. UAB – 104 points
t9. North Texas – 70 points
t9. UTSA (1) – 70 points
11. FIU – 61 points
12. Rice – 58 points
13. Florida Atlantic – 45 points
14. Marshall – 32 points
(#) – designates first-place votes
Preseason Player of the Year
Chastity Gooch, WKU
2014-15 Preseason All-Conference USA Women’s Basketball Team
Lefty Webster, Charlotte, So., G, Norfolk, Virginia
Whitney Frazier, Louisiana Tech, Sr., F, El Dorado, Arkansas
For the third consecutive week, Anthony Rotich was named the C-USA Athlete of the Week. The junior received the accolades due to his performance at the Chile Pepper Festival.
The All-American crossed the finish line with a time of 23:54.5 in the 8K. Rotich finished less than a second behind the leader to pick up his first runner-up finish of the year. He is only the second Miner in program history to notch a second-place finish at the Chile Pepper Festival. His runner-up finish led the Miners as a team to a fourth-place finish out of 20 Division I teams.
Rotich has now been awarded the C-USA Athlete of the Week eleven times during his career; this is the fourth of the 2014 season.
Rotich and the Miners will head back into action on Oct. 18 at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind.
EL PASO, TEXAS – The UTEP men’s basketball team is projected to finish second in Conference USA this season, based on a vote by the league’s head coaches.
The top four teams in the voting were released and they are Louisiana Tech, UTEP, Charlotte and Old Dominion in that order.
UTEP sophomore forward Vince Hunter and senior guard/forward Julian Washburn have been named to the 10-man Preseason All-Conference USA Team.
Louisiana Tech leads the conference with three selections, while UTEP and Western Kentucky have two each.
Joining Hunter and Washburn on the squad are Charlotte junior guard Pierriá Henry, LA Tech senior guard Raheem Appleby, LA Tech junior guard Alex Hamilton, LA Tech senior guard Kenneth Smith, Old Dominion junior guard Aaron Bacote, UAB senior forward C.J. Washington, Western Kentucky senior forward George Fant and Western Kentucky senior guard T.J. Price.
Hunter was the 2014 C-USA Freshman of the Year, five-time Freshman of the Week and a finalist for the Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year Award. He set UTEP freshman records for free throw attempts (202) and field goal percentage (.568) last season while averaging 12.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. Hunter was the Miners’ leading scorer in C-USA play with 14.5 ppg.
Washburn enters the season with 1,186 career points to rank 18th in school history. He is also 10th in the UTEP record book with 3,331 minutes played. He averaged 13.1 ppg a year ago and earned his second consecutive nod to the C-USA All-Defensive Team. Both Hunter and Washburn were second team All-League honorees in 2013-14.
The Miners started practicing yesterday and will tip off the season with their annual Orange & White Scrimmage on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. in the Haskins Center. Admission is free.
The UTEP men’s and women’s cross country team competed in the Chile Pepper Festival Saturday morning. The men’s team finished fourth overall, and the women’s team finished 16th.
Anthony Rotich took a second-place finish for the first time this year. The All-American missed out on the individual title by less than a second. The junior finished with a time of 23:54.5 for the 8K. Rotich is only the second Miner to finish in the runner up spot at the Chile Pepper Festival (Bogdan Mircea, 2003 and 2004). Cosmas Boit finished in seventh place to become only the eighth Miner ever to record a top-10 finish at this event. Boit finished with a time of 24:21.5. This is the third time in program history that UTEP has placed two runners in the top-10 at this race (2003, 2004).
Transfer Daniel Cheruiyot and Elphas Maiyo were running mates throughout the meet as the placed 26th and 27th respectively. Cheruiyot finished with a time of 25:02.4, and Maiyo clocked in one second later. Evans Kiprono finished in 48th place with a time of 25:36.0. Rounding out the Mines effort, Ramon Garcia ran a 27:47.6 8K.
The Miners finished in fourth place out of 20 teams. UTEP had an average 8K time of 24:47.58.
The women’s team was led once again by Joan Jepkirui. She was the lone Miner to finish in the top-15; the freshman registered a time of 16:55.6 for the 5K. “I think she learned a lot today especially running most of the race with top college women competitors,” head coach Paul Ereng said.
Truphena Sum finished with a time of 18:35.8 to finish in the top 100. Laura Delgado completed the 5K with a time of 19:35.5. Less than a minute after Delgado crossed the finish line, Veronica Alvarez crossed the line with a time of 20:26.4. Lilliana Valdespino rounded out UTEP’s competition with a time of 22:20.4.
The women’s team finished with an average 5K of 19:34.74.
Looking back on the meet, head coach Paul Ereng said, “We have now crossed this bridge and we know what we need to do in the meets to follow.”
The Miners will now use the next two weeks to prepare for the NCAA Pre-Nationals held on Oct. 18 in Terre Haute, Ind.
For the second week in a row, the UTEP cross country team had two athletes selected as the Conference USA Athlete of the Week. Junior Anthony Rotich and freshman Joan Jepkirui took home the accolades for their performance at the Lori Fiztgerald Classic.
Jepkirui took the number one spot with ease as the freshman won the race with a time of 20:02.71, 15 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. This is her second career C-USA Athlete of the Week award. The Kenya product has now finished in the top five in all four races she has competed in. Despite the 6K not being a common race, her mark was a personal best.
Rotich got off to a quick start and never looked back. The junior finished the 6K with a time of 16:49.81, a personal best for this distance. Rotich has now won his last four races. This is Rotich’s tenth time to receive the C-USA Athlete of the Week award during his illustrious career.
This is the first time since Sept. 2012 where two Miners have garnered this award in back to back weeks. (Risper Kimaiyo and Anthony Rotich)
The cross country team will head to the Chili Pepper Festival this weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., to take on some high-caliber competition.
Anthony Rotich and Joan Jepkirui earned recognition from Conference USA for their performance last week at the Kachina Classic. Rotich and Jepkirui were named the C-USA cross country Athletes of the Week. This is the first time since 2012 that a member from each team has received this award in the same week.
Rotich ran the Kachina Classic 5K in a time of 14:59.92. This was his third-consecutive Kachina Classic title he has captured. In 2012, he won the 8K Kachina Classic in a time of 24:15. In 2013, he completed the race in a time of 15:12. Rotich has won every race during the 2014 campaign. Rotich now has now claimed nine C-USA Athlete of the Week awards during his illustrious career.
Jepkirui continued her fabulous year. She took home her first individual title of her career with a time of 18:32.80. The freshman beat out 31 other runners for the first-place finish. Jepkirui has now placed in the top-five in all three races this year. This is Jepkirui’s first-career C-USA Athlete of the Week award.
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