Zia volleyball loses, ENMU cross country takes sixth

Freedom Newspapers

SEARCY, Ark. — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team dropped its final two matches in the Harding Classic on Saturday, falling to Washburn 30-21, 30-18, 30-17 and to the host Lady Bison 30-27, 30-28, 30-23.

The Zias (3-11) went 0-4 for the weekend against teams which entered their matches against ENMU with a combined 30-8 record. Washburn (12-1) is ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II.

ENMU had a 16-13 first-game lead before Washburn went on a 6-0 run to take the lead for good. The Lady Blues then controlled the next two games.

Tessa Jones had 15 kills and Mandi Cox 10 for Washburn. Senior outside hitter Jessie Macknicki and junior middle blocker Megan Weitz each had eight kills for the Zias, while Weitz also notched four total blocks.

The Zias opened an 8-3 lead and were ahead for much of the first game against Harding (8-3), but the Lady Bison took the lead for good 22-21 on one of Manuela Nesheva’s match-high 29 kills. ENMU led for much of the second game, but Harding scored the final three points — the last two on kills by Nesheva.

The Zias went in front 9-4 in Game 3 and stayed close until the Lady Bison finished the game with an 11-5 run.
Senior outside hitter Randi Egley had 10 kills for the Zias.

Harding Classic
At Searcy, Ark.
Saturday
Washburn 3, ENMU 0
Washburn 30 30 30
ENMU 21 18 17
Individual statistics
Kills — Washburn, Tessa Jones 15, Mandi Cox 10, Monica Miesner 9. Eastern New Mexico, Jessie Macknicki 8, Megan Weitz 8. Block solos — Washburn, Cox 1, Stephanie Nitz 1. Eastern New Mexico, Weitz 2, Vanessa Wilcox 1. Block assists — Washburn, Jones 3, Nitz 3, Cox 2, Kate Hampson 2, Kelci Wigger 2. Eastern New Mexico, Weitz 2, Randi Egley 1, Megan Kazakoff 1. Digs — Washburn, Erica Cowhick 19, Miesner 17, Molly Smith 8. Eastern New Mexico, Caitlin Murphy 11, Grace Brandt 8, Macknicki 8. Aces — Washburn, three tied with 1. Eastern New Mexico, Macknicki 2, Karen McIntyre 2. Assists — Washburn, Hampson 39. Eastern New Mexico, McIntyre 12, Brandt 10. Records — Washburn 12-1, Eastern New Mexico 2-10. T — 1:10. A — 150.

Harding 3, ENMU 0
ENMU 27 28 23
Harding 30 30 30
Individual statistics
Kills — Eastern New Mexico, Egley 10, Macknicki 8, Murphy 7. Harding, Manuela Nesheva 29, Sarah Phipps 12, Shellie Rummer 10. Block solos — Eastern New Mexico, Weitz 2, Brandt 1. Harding, Rummer 1. Block assists — Eastern New Mexico, Weitz 4, Egley 2, Macknicki 1, Murphy 1. Harding, four tied with 1. Digs — Eastern New Mexico, Murphy 16, Macknicki 14, Nicole Vanderploeg 14, Brandt 13. Harding, Meredith Rosenbaum 28, Leah Tepe 18, Katelin Parks 12, Emily Tate 12. Aces — Eastern New Mexico, Wilcox 2, Murphy 1, Veronica Valdez 1. Assists — Eastern New Mexico, Brandt 30. Harding, Tepe 49. Records — Eastern New Mexico 2-11, Harding 8-3. T — 1:26. A — 215.

ENMU cross country
ALBUQUERQUE — Senior Nimrod Lelei finished 23rd in a field of 84 runners Saturday, leading the Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team to a sixth-place finish in the Lobo Invitational cross country meet, hosted by the University of New Mexico.

Lelei’s time was 27 minutes, 47 seconds over eight kilometers as the Greyhounds finished with 164 team points. Texas-El Paso took five of the top six individual places, led by Stephen Samoei in 24:19, to win the team title in a nine-team competition with 19 points to 59 for UNM.

New Mexico took the women’s team title, finishing with 21 points to 45 for UTEP. ENMU was seventh out of eight teams with 217 points.

The Zias’ top runner was senior Jasmine Sanchez, who placed 36th out of 70 runners with a time of 21:51 over 6K.

The individual winner was Ava Hutchinson, running unattached, with a time of 18:13.

ENMU runners are schedule to compete on Friday in the Red Raider Jackrabbit Open at Lubbock, hosted by Texas Tech.

Lobo Invitational
Saturday at Albuquerque
Men (8K)
Team standings: 1. UTEP 19; 2. New Mexico 59; 3. New Mexico Highlands 67; 4. Colo.-Colorado Springs 129; 5. Dine College 150; 6. Eastern New Mexico 164; 7. New Mexico State 176; 8. Western New Mexico 179; 9. Gateway CC 255.
Individual winner (84 runners): Stephen Samoei, UTEP 24:19.
ENMU results: 27. Nimrod Lelei 27:47; 33. Dominic Pacheco 28:02; 40. Jacob Wiklund 28:33; 44. Kennedy Baiwyo 28:51; 58. Mike Thomas 29:29; 69. Hunter Daniels 30:40; 72. Logan Robertson 31:22; 77. Laine Fuller 32:17; 79. Grant Reigelman 32:41.

Women (6K)
Team standings: 1. New Mexico 21; 2. UTEP 45; 3. New Mexico State 54; 4. Colo.-Colorado Springs 116; 5. Western New Mexico 160; 6. New Mexico Highlands 165; 7. Eastern New Mexico 217; 8. Dine College 248.
Individual winner (70 runners): Ava Hutchinson, unattached 18:13.
ENMU results: 45. Jasmine Sanchez 21:51; 54. Krystal Becenti 22:48; 57. Danielle Jones 23:04; 58. Veronica Laufer 23:10; 59. Jerri Martin 23:27; 62. Terra Brown 23:55; 65. Nicole Blackwell 24:25; 66. Lisa Lopez 24:31.