Zias sweep Lady Mustangs to move above .500 mark

Staff report
PORTALES — It’s not much, but the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team has a winning record 13 matches into the season.

The Zias (7-6) swept University of the Southwest 25-17, 25-16, 25-18 on Tuesday night at Greyhound Arena, marking the latest they’ve been over the .500 mark in a season since 2010, when they were 12-11 en route to a final 13-16 mark.

Senior middle blocker Agatha Gibbons  had team highs of 11 kills and three block solos for ENMU, which trailed the Lady Mustangs (5-11) by a many as three points only once in the match.

ENMU took the lead for good at 12-8 with a 4-0 run in the first set. The Lady Mustangs got within a point before the Zias took control for good with a  7-1 surge.

The Zias never trailed in Game 2, scoring five consecutive points for a 6-1 lead. USW got within three points a couple of times, but two kills from sophomore outside hitter Lauren Frye and an ace from sophomore defensive specialist Lindsey Bost keyed a set-ending 6-0 run.

The Lady Mustangs built a 10-7 lead in the third set, but three USW errors tied the score and the Zias took the lead for good on a kill by Fort Sumner senior Bree Lucero. The Lady Mustangs were still within two before ENMU finished it off with a 6-1 run.

ENMU, which has won six of its last eight, completed a four-match homestand at 3-1. The Zias return to Lone Star Conference play this weekend, playing at Texas Woman’s on Friday and at Texas A&M-Commerce on Saturday.