ODESSA, Texas — Junior middle blocker Kristen Beck compiled a season-best 18 kills as the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team salvaged its finale in a weekend tournament hosted by Texas-Permian Basin, beating Oklahoma Panhandle State 25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22 for coach Mike Maguire’s 400th career win in the program.
Maguire returned to the bench this season after spending 20 years (1987-2006) as the Zias’ coach. Beck, who was selected to the all-tournament team, was one of four players with double-figure kills for ENMU (8-9).
Sophomore outside hitter Amber Durand posted a double-double for the Zias with 15 kills and 14 digs.
ENMU led the Lady Aggies (6-14) most of the way, but OPSU used a 5-3 run to break a 20-20 tie and force a fourth game. That one was also tied 20-20, but consecutive kills by junior middle blocker Stacey Main and Beck put the Zias in front for good.
Senior setter Veronica Valdez-Kent had 46 assists and Valdez-Kent and sophomore libero Dallas Russell posted 13 digs apiece.
The Zias return to Lone Star Conference action on Thursday with a 7 p.m. matchup against Midwestern State at Greyhound Arena.
Hounds share WT Stampede title — Eastern New Mexico University’s men had seven of the top 13 runners Friday night and shared first place at 32 points with South Plains College in West Texas A&M’s Buffalo Stampede cross country meet at Canyon, Texas.
Junior Mohammed Noor led the Greyhounds, finishing second overall in a time of 25.53, while junior Casey Robertson was fourth at 26:33 in the eight-kilometer event. Junior Richard Kogo (seventh) and sophomore Jacob Lozano (eighth) also made the top 10.
ENMU’s women were second in team standings with 47 points, trailing South Plains (28). Freshman Adrienne Montoya was third in 19:53 and junior Nicky Reid fourth in 20:06 for the Zias over five kilometers.
ENMU cross country teams return to action on Oct. 16 in the Midwestern State Carnival at Wichita Falls, Texas.