Zias drop final two matches at Omaha

CNJ staff OMAHA, Neb. — Facing top 10 competition in both matches, the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team managed to win one game Saturday in wrapping up play in a two-day event hosted by Nebraska-Omaha. The Zias (0-4), who dropped a pair of matches on Friday, lost to third-ranked Emporia State 25-11, 25-14, 25-13 […]

ENMU drops four-game matches in tourney

CNJ staff SAN ANTONIO — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team hung close with its opponents Saturday, but the Zias were unable to break through in the season-opening St. Mary’s/ Texas MedClinic Invitational. The Zias (0-4) led in all four games against Missouri Southern, but dropped a 27-25, 22-25, 30-28, 25-18 decision to the […]

Hounds still ranked in region

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s men stayed in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region soccer rankings after splitting a pair of Southwest Soccer Conference matches over the weekend. ENMU (3-2, 1-1 SSC) dropped one spot from eighth to ninth in the poll after blanking Missouri Southern 2-0 on Friday and losing to […]

Zias drop pair of matches

CNJ staff DURANGO, Colo. — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team finished off a winless weekend in a tournament hosted by Fort Lewis, losing on Saturday to Colorado State-Pueblo in a 24-30, 32-30, 30-28, 30-28 squeaker before falling 30-15, 30-17, 30-16 to Ashland (Ohio), the eighth-ranked team in NCAA Division II. Taren Frazier led […]

ENMU tennis team begins season Thursday

CNJ staff PORTALES — There will be a lot of new faces around veteran Eastern New Mexico University women’s tennis coach Christine Blaeser this spring. Only sophomore Tracy Hughes saw regular action last season for the Zias. The seven-player roster also includes senior Tracy Williams, who missed most of the 2006 campaign with a back […]

5A STATE VOLLEYBALL: Lady Cats confident

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Clovis High’s Lainey Flatow, left, watches Tuesday as Tori Northcutt boards a bus that will take the team to the Class 5A state volleyball tournament in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports wrier With some inexperienced players on its roster, the Clovis High volleyball team wasn’t sure what to expect […]

Zias drop three matches in LSC crossover event

CNJ staff KINGSVILLE, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team dropped its third consecutive decision in the Lone Star Conference crossover tournament on Saturday morning, falling to Texas A&M-Commerce 30-27, 30-22, 28-30, 30-20. Junior outside hitter Randi Egley had a season-best 18 kills for the Zias (6-17). After ENMU pulled to within a […]

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 […]

Lady Cats tennis tops Lovington

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Clovis sophomore Jason Roberts returns a serve against Lovington sophomore Johnny Newton during asingles match Tuesday (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Sophomore Emmie Gibbs and eighth-grader Heather Trujillo are Clovis’ high-wire act. Gibbs takes the chances, Trujillo is the safety net. “She always backs me up,” Gibbs said. “Sometimes […]

CHS tennis teams sweep Raton

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Clovis High sophomore Zach Witmyer returns the ball during his singles match against Raton’s Joey Roberts Tuesday at the high school courts. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff The Clovis High boys and girls tennis teams made short work of Raton on Tuesday in tennis duals at the CHS courts, the CHS boys winning […]

PREP VOLLEYBALL NOTES: Lady Rams winning despite schedule

Jesse Wolfesberger: CNJ staff writer The Portales Lady Rams are thriving no matter where their matches are played. Portales is 14-3 (2-0 in district) even though its had only three home matches. “It’s just how it goes,” Lady Rams coach Ruth Chavez said. “Next year we’re supposed to have bunch of home games.” Portales just […]

Lady Rams fight through fatigue

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Portales’ Morgan Hill looks to block a Las Lunas player’s shot during the Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers If the New Mexico Activities Association were to pull a surprise and announce that state volleyball match will be a best-of-nine format, consider […]

Portales cruises by Clovis

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Cassidy Carpenter returns a shot in the second set of his doubles match Thursday at Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Portales High’s tennis teams have gotten the better of Clovis for quite a few years, and Thursday’s matchup at the PHS tennis courts was no different. The […]

Wildcat netters win 4-5A opener

CNJ staff The Clovis won its District 4-5A opener Friday with a 5-4 win over Cibola at home. The Lady Wildcats fell to Cibola 6-3. After splitting the four singles matches, the Wildcat boys took two of three doubles matches. Clovis’ Jason Goolsby won his No. 2 match over Carlos Herrera 6-0, 6-3 before teaming […]

College volleyball: Zias earn first NCAA bid

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has garnered its first regional volleyball berth since joining the Lone Star Conference and NCAA Division II in 1984 as the Zias were selected on Sunday for the eight-team Southwest Regional at Kearney, Neb. ENMU (24-8) earned the No. 5 seed in the tournament, and meets Mesa […]

Grady going to state; Texico going home

CNJ Staff CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Grady Lady Bronchos made things extremely difficult for themselves in the Class 1A Region B tournament at Menaul High School, but still managed to come through with two wins and a spot at the this week’s State Tournament. Grady dropped the first two games of Friday’s semifinal before […]

Mom made extra effort

Clyde Davis: Local columnist There was the time when she showed up at one of my high school wrestling matches. It was a very normal event, you see, for my father to show up for matches, both high school and college. He was likely to show up whether I was competing or not, for he […]

Hobbs takes district tennis duals from Clovis

CNJ STAFF Hobbs won three three-set matches to turn back Clovis High 7-2 Friday in a District 4-5A tennis dual played at the CHS courts. In boys competition, the Eagles lost only 14 games all day in cruising to a 9-0 win. Both CHS teams are now 1-2 overall this spring in dual matches. Patricia […]

Zias peaking at right time?

Dave Wagner NOW THAT LONE STAR Conference South Division play is here, is the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team ready to take off? The Zias were 5-10 heading into matches against Tarleton State and Texas A&M-Kingsville over the weekend at Greyhound Arena, but defeated both teams in three games. Now they host six-time South […]