Zias fall, take Texas Woman’s to five games

Freedom New Mexico

DENTON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team got close to breaking its losing streak on Saturday, but the Zias faded after forcing a fifth game.

Junior middle blocker Kandis Schroeder compiled 24 kills and freshman outside hitter Alyson Harlan added 16 kills, 13 digs and nine aces as Texas Woman’s outlasted ENMU 30-15, 25-30, 30-22, 29-31, 15-4 in a Lone Star Conference match.

The Zias (3-20, 0-7 South), who have dropped 13 in a row and 18 of their last 19, made a spirited comeback late to bail out game 4.

Two kills by senior outside hitter Randi Egley helped ENMU forge a 29-29 tie, and the Pioneers (12-9, 4-3) committed two hitting errors to square the match at two games apiece.

Then, leading 3-2 in the fifth game, Schroeder pounded down a kill and freshman middle blocker LyGene Traylor added two more in a 6-0 run that gave the Pioneers control.

Egley matched a season-best with 14 kills for ENMU, while freshman outside hitter Brittney Brame registered a season high with 11 kills.

Freshman setter Grace Brandt had 46 assists while junior libero Nicole Vanderploeg contributed a match-high 28 digs to go with two service aces.

The Zias begin a three-match, three-day homestand with a 7 p.m. conference clash on Thursday against Southwestern Oklahoma. They host non-league College of the Southwest at 6 p.m. on Friday before returning to LSC action with a 2 p.m. matchup on Saturday against Central Oklahoma.

Lone Star Conference South
Texas Woman’s 3, ENMU 2
ENMU 15 30 22 31 4
Texas Woman’s 30 25 30 29 15
Individual statistics
Kills — Eastern New Mexico, Randi Egley 14, Brittany Brame 11. Texas Woman’s, Kandis Schroeder 24, Alyson Harlan 16, Danielle Pegues 15, LyGene Traylor 14. Block solos — Eastern New Mexico, Egley 1. Texas Woman’s, none. Block assists — Eastern New Mexico, four tied with 1. Texas Woman’s, Pegues 6, Traylor 6, Harlan 3, Schroeder 3. Digs — Eastern New Mexico, Nicole Vanderploeg 28, Heidi Geyer 12, Veronica Valdez 12, Caitlin Murphy 11. Texas Woman’s, Heather Marcus 20, Pegues 20, Harlan 13, Sydney Veitenheimer 13, Kendra Coulson 10. Aces — Eastern New Mexico, Vanderploeg 2, four tied with 1. Texas Woman’s, Harlan 9, Marcus 2, Kasye Richmond 1, Veitenheimer 1. Assists — Eastern New Mexico, Grace Brandt 46. Texas Woman’s, Veitenheimer 59. Records — Eastern New Mexico 3-20 (0-7), Texas Woman’s 12-9 (4-3). T — 1:50. A — 232.