ENMU splits pair of volleyball matches

CNJ staff

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Juniors Jessie macknicki and Randi Egley combined for 29 kills on Friday, helkping the Eastern New Mexico Univesity volleyball team defeated Chadron State 30-27, 26-30, 30-23, 31-29 in the Colorado Christian tournament.

The Zias, opening their season in the tournament, were beaten in four games later on Friday by Upper Iowa. No particulars were available on that contest.

Macknicki, a transfer from Southwestern Oregon Community College, registered 18 kills and six digs in the wini over Chadron, while Egley added 11 kills and 10 digs. Freshman Caitlin Murphy had 21 assists and junior Stephanie Willett added 20.

The win was ENMU’s first in a season opener since sweeping Arkansas Tech to begin the 2002 season.

The Zias have two more matches on tap today in the tournament, facing at 1 p.m. and host Colorado Christian at 7 p.m.