For the second night in a row, the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team gave a highly-regarded Lone Star Conference opponent a pretty good battle at Greyhound Arena, at least for a while.
The Zias pushed Tarleton State in the first two games, then dominated the third, but fell off the pace in the fourth in absorbing a 25-23, 25-20, 14-25, 25-18 loss.
On Friday night, the Zias started fast in the first set but eventually lost to Angelo State 25-23, 25-7, 25-12.
The Zias (5-10, 1-5 LSC) trailed virtually the entire first set in Saturday's matchup, but erased a six-point deficit to ttake a pair of one-point leads late before the TexAnns (11-4, 6-1) scored four of the final five points.
In the second set, the Zias built an 11-7 lead on a kill by Clovis freshman Kayleigh Mitchell before TSU took a 17-16 lead on a service ace by Katie Covell. Sophomore Kennedi Catano's ace pulled the Zias even 18-18, but she had a service error on the next point and the TexAnns went on a 5-0 run to take control.
ENMU took the lead for good in Game 3 at 5-4 on a kill by Courtney Bolton and pulled away late with 6-0 and 4-0 runs. The fourth set was tied at 1-1 when Tarleton scored four consecutive points and never relinquished the lead.
Nikki McNorton had 10 kills and eight blocks (four solos) for Tarleton. Junior Lindsey Barron led the Zias with 15 kills, while Hayley Couch had 24 digs and Catano had a double-double with 37 assists and 10 digs.
Angelo State 3, ENMU 0 — The Zias jumped out to leads of 9-1 and 15-3 in the first set, but the Rambelles (13-2, 6-0) finished the first-game comeback off by scoring seven of the final eight points and dominated from there.
Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn Maddams had three consecutive kills to spark the early Zias surge.
Shelbi Goode had a match-high 10 kills for the Rambelles, while Kaelen Valdez added 23 diigs and setter Alex Woolsey posted 35 assists.
Barron led the Zias with seven kills, and she added 10 digs.
ENMU men finish ninth — Led by senior Isaiah Samoei, ENMU's men finished ninth in the university division of Oklahoma State's Cowboy Jamboree cross country meet on Saturday at Stillwater, Okla.
Samoei finished the 8K run with a time of 25 minutes, 28.36 seconds. OSU's Shadrack Kipchirchir took individual honors in 24:29.17, leading the Cowboys to the team title with a near-perfect score of 20 to 96 for Colorado School of Mines.
ENMU's women competed in the 5K college division race, finishing fourth with 139 points to trail Iowa Central CC (48), Oklahoma Baptist (53) and Incarnate Word (84).
Junior Brittany Buchanan led the Zias with a 10th-place finish in 19:33.07, while senior Alesha Jones was 19th in 19:47.29.