Freedom New Mexico
It’s been a long time coming for the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team.
Mired in a skid which had seen them lose 14 in a row and 19 of their last 20, the Zias got off to a fast start Friday night and went on to a 30-19, 30-23, 30-19 victory over College of the Southwest at Greyhound Arena.
ENMU (4-21) had to fight off the Mustangs in the second game, but led virtually all the way in the other two in registering its first win since a 3-2 victory over New Mexico Highlands at Greyhound Arena on Sept. 5.
Senior outside hitter Randi Egley notched a season-high 16 kills and six total blocks for the Zias, while sophomore defensive specialist Caitlin Murphy added 12 kills and 13 digs, freshman outside hitter Veronica Valdez had 11 kills and 10 digs and freshman outside hitter Brittany Brame collected 10 kills.
The Zias scored the first four points in game 1 and never relinquished the lead, opening a 10-point margin with a 9-2 surge.
CSW opened a 16-12 lead in the second game before the Zias roared back, taking the lead for good at 22-21 on Egley’s kill which kicked off a 6-0 blitz. Valdez then had a kill to break the only tie of the third game at 1-1 and the Zias coasted home.
Thabata Galvao, a freshman middle hitter from Brazil, had seven kills and two aces for the Mustangs (7-16).
The sweep was ENMU’s first since a 3-0 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State on Aug. 29, 2006.
ENMU completes a three-match, three-day homestand today when it returns to Lone Star Conference action in a 2 p.m. contest against Central Oklahoma.