Zias post two wins in California tourney

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SEASIDE, Calif. — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team picked up its first two wins of the season Friday in the Cal State-Monterey Bay Tournament.

The Zias (2-4) swept William Jessup in the first match of the day and beat Cal-State Stanislaus 3-1 later.

Senior Vanessa Wilcox recorded nine kills — with just one hitting error — and added eight blocks in the 25-10, 25-18, 25-13 win over William Jessup.

Nicole Vanderploeg added eight kills. Junior Caitlin Murphy led the defense with a season-high 20 digs.

Against Stanislaus, Veronica Valdez had 12 kills and Wilcox added eight in the 25-21, 14-25, 25-20, 27-25 win. Jessica King had eight blocks of the Zias’ 16 blocks.

Stanislaus had twice as many kills as the Zias (62), but also twice as many errors (35).

Jen Gee and Lianne Vicchio led Stanislaus with 17 and 13 kills, respectively.