Cowgirls rope Zias in three games

Freedom New Mexico

Senior outside hitter Ashley Murray had 13 kills Tuesday night to help New Mexico Highlands beat Eastern New Mexico University 25-21, 25-23, 25-17 in non-conference volleyball at Greyhound Arena.

The Cowgirls (7-10) led most of the way. They opened a five-point margin midway through the first game, then weathered a rally by the Zias (6-16) to close it out.

In the second set, Highlands scored the first six points and never relinquished the lead, although the Zias pulled to 24-23 before Kristina Petty earned a kill for the Cowgirls on match point.

ENMU managed a 3-2 lead early in Game 3, but Highlands scored the next five points, then went on another 5-0 run to open a 20-11 cushion.

Petty added nine kills for Highlands, while sophomore middle blocker Dominique Benton contributed seven kills and four total blocks.

The Zias, beginning a weeklong homestand, got eight kills each from freshmen Sarah Koch and Jessica King.

ENMU returns to Lone Star Conference South Division play with a 7 p.m. match on Thursday against Texas A&M-Commerce and a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday against Texas Woman’s.

New Mexico Highlands 3, ENMU 0

NM Highlands 25 25 25
ENMU 21 23 17

Individual statistics
Kills — New Mexico Highlands, Ashley Murray 13, Kristina Petty 9. Eastern New Mexico, Jessica King 8, Sarah Koch 8. Block solos — New Mexico Highlands, Dominique Benton 2, Petty 1. Eastern New Mexico, Veronica Valdez 2, King 1. Block assists — New Mexico Highlands, Benton 2, Tiffany Neeley 1, Petty 1. Eastern New Mexico, Megan Weitz 3, Valdez 2, three tied with 1. Digs — New Mexico Highlands, Livinina Gallegos 17, Doreen Zamora 14, Vanessa Garcia 10, Gabrielle Vigil 10. Eastern New Mexico, Caitlin Murphy 13, Nicole Vanderploeg 12. Aces — New Mexico Highlands, Garcia 2, Zamora 2, Gallegos 1, Vigil 1. Eastern New Mexico, Grace Brandt 1, King 1. Assists — New Mexico Highlands, Zamora 35. Eastern New Mexico, Brandt 21. T — 1:20. A — 350. Records — New Mexico Highlands 7-10, Eastern New Mexico 6-16.