Cowgirls brand Zias

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — New Mexico Highlands rallied from a seven-point deficit to win a decisive third game Tuesday night and the Cowgirls went on to a 30-26, 20-30, 34-32, 30-15 over Eastern New Mexico University.

Junior outside hitter Ashley Murray had 20 kills and senior outside hitter Jasmine Morris added 19 for the Cowgirls (2-3), who avenged a loss in four games to the Zias (2-3) on Saturday in West Texas A&M’s Lady Buff Classic.

Junior middle blocker Megan Weitz compiled 13 kills for the Zias, while freshman outside hitter Veronica Valdez had eight kills and eight digs.

The Zias lost a back-and-forth first game, they dominated the Cowgirls in the second game, scoring the first four points and leading the entire game. Highlands never got closer than five points after a kill by Weitz made it 11-1.

ENMU broke away from a 1-1 tie in the third game and eventually built a 27-20 cushion on a kill by senior outside hitter Jessie Macknicki. The Cowgirls then mounted a comeback, breaking a 32-32 tie on a kill by Murray and a bad set by the Zias.

ENMU led early in the fourth game, but Highlands erased a 5-4 deficit by going on a 20-3 run for a 16-point margin.

New Mexico Highlands 3, ENMU 1

ENMU 26 30 32 15
NM Highlands 30 20 34 30

Individual statistics
Kills — Eastern New Mexico, Megan Weitz 13, Veronica Valdez 8, Jessie Macknicki 6, Caitlin Murphy 6. New Mexico Highlands, Ashley Murray 20, Jasmine Morris 19, Rachelle Mason 10, Tiffany Neeley 6, Kristina Petty 6. Block solos — Eastern New Mexico, Vanessa Wilcox 1. New Mexico Highlands, Mason 2, Livinia Gallegos 1, Petty 1. Block assists — Eastern New Mexico, Murphy 2, Weitz 2, Valdez 1, Wilcox 1. New Mexico Highlands, Mason 1, Morris 1. Digs — Eastern New Mexico, Nicole Vanderploeg 11, Valdez 8, Murphy 6. New Mexico Highlands, Vanessa Garcia 14, Doreen Zamora 13, Gallegos 10, Amber Pohl 10. Aces — Eastern New Mexico, Macknicki 2, Wilcox 2, five tied with 1. New Mexico Highlands, Gallegos 3, Garcia 3, Murray 2, Pohl 2. Assists — Eastern New Mexico, Grace Brandt 22. New Mexico Highlands, Pohl 54. Records — Eastern New Mexico 2-3, New Mexico Highlands 2-3. T — 2:00. A — 150.