Zias win twice on Saturday at WT meet

LAEI, Hawaii — Junior midfielder Brittany Evans pushed in a goal in the 77th minute Saturday and BYU-Hawaii slipped past Eastern New Mexico University 1-0 in the Seasiders' season opener.

For the Zias (0-2), it was the second game in their trip to Hawaii. ENMU outshot the Seasiders on goal 5-2, but was blanked for the second consecutive match.

The Zias are back on the road for their next match — a Thursday outing at Colorado School of Mines — before playing their home opener at 1 p.m. next Sunday against Adams State as part of a men's and women's doubleheader at the ENMU pitch.

Volleyball team wins twice — At Canyon, Texas, senior outside hitter Amber Durand posted a pair of double-doubles as ENMU won twice to complete play in West Texas A&M's season-opening Lady Buff Classic with a 3-1 record.

The Zias went the distance to beat Western State 16-25, 25-13, 25-23, 25-27, 15-12 in their morning match, then came back for a 25-19, 25-17, 25-22 sweep of North Alabama.

Durand collected 20 kills — her fifth career match with at least 20 — and 13 digs against Western State (0-3). The Mountaineers controled the first set, but ENMU won the next two sets and then opened an early 8-1 lead in the final game en route to the victory.

Junior outside hitter Lindsey Barron also had a double-double with 14 kills and 13 digs, while junior setter Gabby Clark notched 52 assists.

The Zias had relatively little trouble with North Alabama (1-3), never trailing in the opening set and staying in control most of the way.

ENMU took control in Game 2 with a 12-4 run to erase a 6-5 deficit, fueled by two kills each from Durand and Barron. Durand's kill put the Zias at match point in the third set, and they clinched it on a UNA attack error.

Durrand had 12 kills and 12 digs, while Barron had 11 kills. Sophomore setter Kennedi Catano had 34 assists, and junior libero Hayley Couch added 23 digs.

Samoei, Huelga led ENMU harriers — At Albuquerque, the ENMU cross country teams opened their season on Friday night in the University of New Mexico's Lobo Invitational.

While the women's race was five kilometers, the men's race was cut short of its scheduled 8K finish for an undisclosed reason. Senior Isaiah Samoei led the Greyhounds, placing 18th in a time of 20 minutes, 4.8 seconds, while junior Tervor Merhege was next in 24th place at 20:16.6.

For the women, sophomore Sabrina Huelga led the way in 15th place at 20:06.04, and junior Adrienne Montoya finished 21st in 20:27.5.

No team scores were kept. ENMU squads return to action on Sept. 14 in the Texas Tech Invitational.

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