TexAnns deal Zias setback in South play

CNJ staff

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Missy Castro had 12 kills and Emily Richardson added 11 as Tarleton State opened Lone Star Conference South Division volleyball play Thursday night with a 30-21, 30-25, 30-21 win over Eastern New Mexico University.

The TexAnns (6-7, 1-0 South) pulled away late in the second game while dominating the Zias (3-12, 0-1) for most of the first and third games.

Tarleton ran off seven consecutive points to build a 19-6 lead and break open the first game. The Zias kept the second game close, falling behind 19-15 with the TexAnns ran off four points, but rallying to pull even at 21-21.

ENMU then took a pair of one-point leads before Tarleton scored six of the final seven points.

The TexAnns scored the first four points of the third game and kept a margin of 3-6 points most of the way. Leading 18-13, they build the margin to nine points on three occasions before getting match point on a Zias attack error.

Junior outside hitter Vanessa Wilcox had 11 kills for the Zias, while senior outside hitter Jessie Macknicki had nine kills seven digs and two aces.

ENMU travels to Texas A&M-Kingsville for a 1 p.m. (MDT) South match on Saturday.