Zias sweep McMurry, NW Oklahoma at Hampton Inn-vitational tourney

CMI staff

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Junior setter Karra Day and freshman outside hitter Courtney Dawson posted double-doubles as Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team completed a Saturday sweep in Midwestern State’s Hampton Inn-vitational tournament with a 21-25, 25-22, 25-10, 25-23 win over Northwestern Oklahoma.

Day collected 10 digs and 34 assists in the match, while Lawson had 12 kills and 10 digs. The Zias (2-2), who dropped a pair of matches on Friday, began the day with a 25-20, 25-22, 25-23 win over McMurry. Senior Bree Lucero of Fort Sumner added 10 kills.

ENMU had an early lead in the first set against Northwestern Oklahoma (0-4) before the Rangers stormed back to win it, but the Zias used a 10-0 run — including three aces by Lawson and two kills from freshman outside hitter Lauren Frye — to pull even in the second set. Frye broke a 22-22 tie with back-to-back kills and Northwestern Oklahoma committed an attack error on set point.

The Zias dominated the third set, buoyed by a 9-0 run and capped with six of the final seven points. The fourth set was tied nine times, but ENMU won three of the last points including kills by Day and Lawson.

Asia Pipkin led the Rangers with 11 kills.

Earlier, Lawson notched another double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs as the Zias swept past McMurry (0-3). ENMU led most of the way, but fought off a couple of runs by the War Hawks before junior libero Hayley Couch delivered an ace on set point.

In the second set, the Zias opened a 6-1 advantage, then pulled away with an 8-0 run featuring four kills by Lawson for a 19-10 lead. They were able to hold off a late McMurry run.

ENMU then overcame a 10-6 deficit with an 8-3 run and used a 6-0 spurt late to take a 21-16 lead. With the score 22-22, Lawson notched kills on two of ENMU’s final three points, including match point.

Frye finished with 13 kills while Couch and Bost had 26 and 20 digs, respectively. Peyton Evans recorded a triple-double for the War Hawks with 11 kills, 10 digs and 16 assists.

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