Kingsville posts sweep over Zias

CNJ staff

KINGSVILLE, Texas — Tara Grier had 11 kills, 10 digs and 15 assists Thursday night as Texas A&M-Kingsville overcame a four-point deficit late in the first set to sweep Eastern New Mexico University 25-21, 25-16, 25-19 in a Lone Star Conference volleyball match.

Sha Tremble added 10 kills and Kristin Chancellor nine for the Javelinas (17-9, 6-4 LSC).

Meantime, the Zias (5-21, 0-11) got a season-best and match-high 12 kills from freshman outside hitter Rocio Ovalle. Senior libero Caitlin Murphy finished with a match-high 20 digs.

ENMU erased a 9-3 deficit in the first game, going on a 14-4 run to open a 17-13 advantage on a kill by Ovalle and a Javs ballhandling error.

Kingsville took advantage of three Zias errors to score the next five points and go back in front. Ovalle followed with two kills and sophomore middle blocker Jessica King added a service ace to give the Zias a 20-18 lead, but Kingsville scored the next six points to reach match point.

The Javs opened 3-0 leads in each of the next two games, and never relinquished the lead. A kill by Ovalle pulled ENMU to 3-2 in the second set, but Chancellor converted back-to-back ills to start a 7-0 run for the Javs and their lead was never under five points toe rest of the game.

ENMU cut the early Kingsville lead to 3-2 again in the third game, but this time the Javs steadily pulled away. Kingsville opened an 18-9 lead on kills by Tramble and Amanda Waciawczyk to finish off an 11-4 surge.

The Zias return to action on Saturday with a noon (MDT) conference match at Tarleton State.