By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer
The University of Texas-Permian Basin Lady Falcons (3-7) defeated the Eastern New Mexico Zias (3-7) in five games Thursday night at Greyhound Arena. The two meet again today.
The Lady Falcons took a quick lead in the first game, before the Zias reeled off four consecutive points, and took seven out of eight, to tie things up at 12 midway through the first game. Senior outside hitter Marcie LeGrand finished a first game victory for the Zias, 30-25.
UTPB started the second game on a tear, taking a quick 5-2 lead, before the Zias knocked home six consecutive points to take an 8-5 lead. But the visiting Lady Falcons won six of eight points late in the game to take a 27-20 lead. UTPB won the second game, 30-23.
The Lady Falcons won four of the last five points in the third game, and won 30-28, to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Zias dominated the fourth game, taking an early 14-7 lead. The ENMU women would stretch that advantage to 25-13 before taking the third game, 30-17. But the Lady Falcons took the fifth game tie-breaker, 15-7 to win the match 3 games to 2.
The loss, handed the Zias their fifth loss in a row.
Junior outside hitter Jessie Macknicki led the Zia attack with 16 kills, while sophomore setter Kara Killian had 34 assists. Freshman Caitlin Murphy led the Zias defense with 20 digs.
Zia head coach Mike Maguire sees plenty of room for improvement.
“I just think we’re not clicking, we’re in some kind of funk. We’ve covered things in practice, and then we come out here and do the exact opposite.”
The two teams play each other again today in Canyon, TX at the West Texas Volleyball Tournament and UTPB head coach Steve Aicmena looks forward to it.
“It was a good match, we’re really looking forward to (our match today),” Aicmena said.
Maguire said he didn’t know what kind of effort his girls will put forth today.
“Until we eliminate the errors, its going to be like this. I can’t read them, we’ll see,” Maguire said.