Zias fall short against Bronchos

CNJ staff

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team was relatively competitive, but the Zias couldn’t break into the Lone Star Conference win column Thursday night at Greyhound Arena.

ENMU (5-15, 0-4 LSC) led late in the first and third games of the match, but the Bronchos held on to notch a 27-25, 25-20, 25-23 victory.

The Zias led much of the first game, although they fell behind at one point 16-12. ENMU rallied to take a 21-19 lead and went in front 24-23 on a kill by freshman Megan Carpenter.

Carpenter, who led ENMU with 11 kills in the match, got another one to keep the game going at 25-25 before Bronchos putaways by Taylor Summers and Courtney Whitlow ended the set.

UCO led all the way in the second game except for a 12-12 tie, but the Zias stayed relatively close most of the way. Then ENMU erased an early 3-0 deficit to lead 7-6 in the third game and the teams were separated by no more than two points until the Bronchos opened a 21-18 lead on a Zias attack error.

The teams then traded points until two Bronchos errors allowed the zias to close to 24-23. Wilson, who finished with a team-high 11 kills for Central Oklahoma, then got one on match point to end it.

Junior Veronica Valdez-Kent had a double-double for ENMU with 10 kills and 13 digs, while soplhomore middle blocker Jessica King added nine kills and three block assists.

The Bronchos got 10 kills from Summers, while Wilson also had a double-double, finishing with 114 digs.

The Zias, who have not won an LSC match since 2006, figure to have a good chance at breaking through on Saturday when they host Southwestern Oklahoma (4-22, 0-4) in a 2 p.m. start at Greyhound Arena.