Commerce nips Zias in five games

CMI staff

The games Eastern New Mexico University won were lopsided. The Zias just couldn’t pull out the closer ones.

Texas A&M-Commerce’s Breanne Snyder had 17 kills and Amy Davault added 16 kills and 15 digs as the Lions finished the match on a 6-1 run to edge the Zias 25-23, 13-25, 25-18, 11-25, 15-12 in a Lone Star Conference Volleyball match on Saturday at Greyhound Arena.

ENMU (4-12, 2-5), which has lost five in a row after starting 2-1 in league play with a pair of road wins, fell to 0-4 this season on its home court. The Zias led 11-9 in the final set before Kayla Bond, who added 11 kills, put down three in a row to regain the lead for the Lions.

Bond added another kill on match point.

Freshman outside hitter Lauren Frye tied her season best with a match-high 18 kills for the Zias. Junior setter Kennedi Catano posted a double-double with 10 digs and 41 assists, while senior middle blocker Kaitlyn Maddams (season-best 10 kills, eight digs) and freshman outside hitter Courtney Lawson (9 kills, season-best 23 digs) just missed double-doubles.

The Lions (13-4, 4-3) held on in a tight first set before the Zias rolled to an 11-1 lead and dominated Game 2. Fort Sumner senior Bree Lucero put together three consecutive aces en route to a career-high five after the Lions pulled to within eight.

Commerce led all the way in Game 3, although it was relatively competitive, before the Zias erased a 1-1 tie with a 20-7 surge and cruised to a fourth-set win.

Neither team led by more than two points in the final game until match point.

Setter Jordan Neal also had a double-double for the Lions with 52 assists and 14 digs.

The Zias return to action on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. home LSC match against West Texas A&M.

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