Zias drop South match to ACU in five games

PNT Staff

ABILENE, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team has put together an outstanding record the last two years in fifth games — until this weekend.
The Zias dropped their second consecutive five-gamer to open Lone Star Conference South Division play, losing on Saturday to Abilene Christian 30-27, 25-30, 30-18, 27-30, 15-6.
ENMU (12-5, 0-2 South) lost in five games on Thursday night at Angelo State after winning 10 of its 11 previous five-game matches dating to the start of last season.
Junior outside hitter Michelle Bernhardt led a strong hitting attack for the Wildcats (16-5, 2-0) with 25 kills. Five players were in double figures in kills for ACU, which had an edge of 81-46 in that department.
Bernhardt also contributed 23 digs and four block assists for the Wildcats.
Meantime, only senior Anna Bellum reached double figures in kills for the Zias with 17. Bellum also had a team-high 17 digs.

Lone Star Conference South
Abilene Christian 3, ENMU 2
ENMU 27 30 18 30 6
Abilene Christian 30 25 30 27 15
Kills —
Eastern New Mexico, Anna Bellum 17. Abilene Christian, Michelle Bernhardt 25, Callie Delabano 17, Ashlee Motola 14, Amanda Slate 13, Sophia Kindred 12. Block solos — Eastern New Mexico none, Abilene Christian none. Block assists — Eastern New Mexico, Lindsay Schiely 7, Emilie Rodman 6, Grace George 4, Margie Goble 4. Abilene Christian, Kindred 5, Motola 5, Bernhardt 4, Slate 4. Set assists — Eastern New Mexico, Goble 35, Abilene Christian, Lindsey Martin 70. Digs — Eastern New Mexico, Bellum 17, Jessica Weeks 14. Abilene Christian, Bernhardt 23, Kellen Morrow 23, Delabano 13, Malia Plumlee 11. Aces — Eastern New Mexico, Goble 2, Kelley McGinty 2. Abilene Christian, Martin 2. Records — Eastern New Mexico 12-5 (0-2), Abilene Christian 16-5 (2-0). T — 2:30. A — 200

Cross country — Running against stiff competition, the ENMU men finished 20th out of 21 teams while the women were last out of 18 squads in the university division of the OSU Jamboree on Saturday at Stillwater, Okla., hosted by Oklahoma State University.
Arkansas won the men’s division with 47 points to 59 for host Oklahoma State and 81 for Abilene Christian. The Greyhounds finished with 540 points, ahead of Friends (Kan.) with 669.
The Hounds were without sophomore Orlando Hernandez, their top runner, who has been recuperating from pneumonia.
In women’s competition, Texas Tech to 84 points for Georgetown and 106 for Texas A&M. The Zias had 551 team points, three behind Friends.
ENMU opted to run in the university division as opposed to the college-junior college division of the meet.
“All the kids ran personal bests for the year,” ENMU coach Joel McMullen said. “We weren’t worried about where our teams placed. We just wanted to improve, and I was proud of the way everybody ran.”
Top runners for Eastern were junior Patrick McGuire, 112th in 27 minutes, 15 seconds over eight kilometers for the Hounds, and junior Lynnae Chavez, 124th in 21:53 over 5K for the Zias.

OSU Jamboree
Saturday at Stillwater, Okla.
University Division
Men (8K)
Team standings:
1. Arkansas 47; 2. Oklahoma State 59; 3. Abilene Christian 81; 4. Texas A&M 153; 5. Harding 153; 6. Central Missouri 211; 7. Kansas State 213; 8. Texas Tech 233; 9. Wichita State 239; 10. Tulsa 294; 11. East Central 348; 12. Lamar 357; 13. Missouri Southern 369; 14. Sam Houston State 376; 15. South Plains College 397; 16. Pittsburg State 407; 17. Texas Christian 422; 18. UT-San Antonio 463; 19. Oral Roberts 513; 20. Eastern New Mexico 540; 21. Friends 669.
Individual winner (203 runners): Josphat Boit, Arkansas 23:52.
ENMU results: 112. Patrick McGuire 27:15; 122. Jason Garcia 27:31; 148. Orlando Sanchez 28:01; 172. Kennedy Baiywo 28:55; 176. Tyrone Lockett 29:05.
Women (5K)
Team standings:
1. Texas Tech 50; 2. Georgetown 84; 3. Texas A&M 106; 4. Wichita State 125; 5. Kansas State 148; 6. Lamar 193; 7. Texas Christian 235; 8. Central Missouri 243; 9. Tulsa 247; 10. Abilene Christian 270; 11. Oral Roberts 273; 12. Pittsburg State 308; 13. UT-San Antonio 322; 14. Oklahoma State ‘B’ 328; 15. South Plains College 378; 16. Sam Houston State 419; 17. Friends 548; 18. Eastern New Mexico 551.
Individual winner (144 runners): Miriam Kaumba, Oklahoma Baptist 17:02.
ENMU results: 124: Lynnae Shorty 21:53; 130. Karissa Huskey 22:04; 132. Lindsey Roberts 22:28; 134: Brittany Bauer 22:34; 137. Laura Shorty 23:23. 139. Lisa Lopez 23:38.