Zias earn split, Macknicki earns award

Freedom Newspapers

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Eastern New Mexico University defeated host Colorado Christian 30-27, 30-19, 30-23 late Saturday night to finish 2-2 in the Cougars’ season-opening volleyball tournament.

Junior outside hitter Jessie Macknicki recorded 14 kills and 14 digs for the Zias, while junior outside hitter Kari Adkins added 11 kills.

Sophomore libero Kara Killian had 18 assists.

She posted a .231 hitting percentage, with 71 kills and 45 digs.Her efforts earned a selection as the Lone Star Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Earlier Saturday, the Zias dropped a five-game marathon against Western State (Colo.), rallying to win games 3 and 4 before losing the fifth game 17-15. On Friday, ENMU defeated Chadron State in four games before losing in four against Upper Iowa.

The Zias open their home schedule with a 7 p.m. matchup today against Oklahoma Panhandle State at Greyhound Arena.