STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Tarleton State got 12 kills from Kaitlyn White and 11 from Stacie Murrah and led virtually all the way on Saturday in a 25-13, 25-18, 25-16 Lone Star Conference volleyball sweep of Eastern New Mexico University.
The TexAnns (9-6, 4-1 LSC) scored the first two points in Game 1 and never relinquished the lead. ENMU (4-10, 2-3) scored the first two points in the second set, but fell behind for good 6-5 on a kill by TSU’s Meg Umbel, then overcame an early 6-4 deficit to win the third set going away.
White also had five block assists for Tarleton, while Jasmyne Brown had four total blocks (one solo). Emily Klein added 18 digs and Daniel Barker narrowly missed a double-double with 44 assists and nine digs.
For the Zias, freshman outside hitter Lauren Frye had a match-high 14 kills. Senior libero Hayley Couch notched 17 digs while junior setter Karra Day had a double-double with 17 assists and 10 digs.
The Zias begin a five-match homestand at Greyhound Arena on Friday, hosting a 7 p.m. LSC contest against Texas Woman’s.
Cross country — At Levelland, Texas, sophomore Amber Saiz posted a team-record t ime of 18 minutes, 37.05 seconds over five kilometers to win the race and lead the Zias to a near-perfect team score and a relatively easy team victory in the South Plains College Cross Country Festival.
The Zias took five of the top six places to finish with 19 team points, followed by South Plains (47) and Midwestern State (71).
In men’s competition, ENMU finished second with 35 points, trailing South Plains (28). Junior Mikey Davila registered the seventh-best 8K time in program history at 25:01.22, good for second place.
The Greyhounds and Zias return to action on Oct. 15 in a dual meet against West Texas A&M, the first home competition for the program in seven years.