Zias fall at Lady Buff Classic

Freedom New Mexico

CANYON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team lost a competitive match to Southwest Baptist 24-26, 26-24, 25-20, 26-24 on Saturday morning, but fell flat in a 25-15, 25-16, 25-14 setback to Colorado-Colorado Springs Saturday afternoon to complete play in the season-opening Lady Buff Classic, hosted by West Texas A&M.

Senior outside hitter Amber Durand continued her solid play for the Zias (1-3) against Southwest Baptist, compiling team highs of 21 kills and 24 digs. ENMU pulled even when Evelyn Escobar collected two of her 12 kills to snap a 24-24 tie in the second game, but the Bearcats (2-1) got back-to-back kills from Jenna Isaacs to get to set point and wrapped up the game on an attack error by Durand.

ENMU scored the first three points in Game 4 and led much of the way, but two kills by Britni Reed around a Zias attack error allowed Southwest Baptist to erase a 24-23 deficit and clinch the match.

Kylie Heim led four players with double-figure kills for the Bearcats with 12.

The Zias led 2-1 in the first game before Colorado Springs erupted for eight consecutive points, including four service aces by Alex Wood, to take control. The Mountain Lions (2-2) then opened a 7-0 lead in the second game, with Nikki Kinzer getting four of her match-high 13 kills in that run, and were never threatened.

ENMU led 3-1 early in the third game, but the Mountain Lions took the lead for good on kills by Megan Koop and Sonja Johnson. They scored the final five points to close out the match.

Senior middle blocker Jessica King had nine kills and Durand added eight for the Zias.

ENMU returns to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday in its Lone Star Conference and home opener against Midwestern State.