By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers
The Zias could contain Shaday Smith only so long.
The Texas A&M Kingsville sophomore had a game high 25 kills, including four in the fifth game and deciding game, as the Javelinas defeated ENMU 30-23, 26-30, 30-22, 22-30, 15-6 Saturday in a Lone Star Conference South match at Greyhound Arena.
“I can’t think of any time when we really blocked her,” ENMU coach Mike Maguire said. “If I was them I would just keep setting her the ball. It’s pretty simple.”
The Zias were able to take two games, including game four, but failed to ride the momentum into the final game, falling behind 5-0.
“That’s the bad thing about the fifth game,” senior Eastern Lindsay Schiely said. “Whoever gets the momentum in the beginning is more likely to win (the shorter game). I thought it would be good, winning the fourth game, but it didn’t turn out that way.”
Smith single-handedly gave the Javelinas the Game 5 momentum swing, finishing scoring of Kingsville’s first six points.
“Shaday came alive in the fifth game,” Kingsville coach Jane Kieschnick said of the 5-10 outside hitter from Houston. “She’s just explosive. If we pass the ball well then she’ll be able to hit like that. She gets more swings than anyone else on our team, and she gets those because she hits so hard, she’s so quick, and she hits so well.”
Kingsville improved to 6-12 on the season and 2-2 in the LSC South.
“The games we won we had more blocks,” senior Eastern Kristi Britain said. “Maybe their passing was off and they weren’t getting the ball to number 11 (Smith) on the outside. That helped us. We were having a hard time blocking her.”
Maguire could not have been more disappointed as the Zias fell to 4-9 overall and 1-1 in the LSC South,
“I thought we played terrible,” Maguire said. “Give Kingsville credit for beating a team that played uninspired and didn’t play hard.”
Even in the games they won, Maguire said there were no positives.
“No. We didn’t look good, we didn’t execute,” he said. “I think Kingsville failed to execute in those games. If we played well, I’ll tell you we played well. But this one we didn’t play well. We didn’t pass well, we didn’t block well, and there was no energy out there on the court. You aren’t going to beat anybody like that.
“I wish I had more positives to tell you, but I don’t. They were all dead out there.”
With their backs against the wall, the Zias took game four behind the play of setter Kara Killian. The freshman notched three aces and six assists in a 11-2 run that sent the match to a fifth game.
Killian had 14 assists in the match, second on the team to junior Kathryn McCannell with 22. Both Zia setters were dwarfed by Kingsville’s Heidi Scheopner who had 58 assists.
Junior Grace George lead ENMU in kills with 14, followed by Britain with 11 and senior Amber Davis with 10.