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Zias defeat Kingsville to gain share of second in division

KINGSVILLE, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team capped its Lone Star Conference South Division season on Saturday with a 30-26, 30-25, 23-30, 30-24 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville.

The Zias (23-7, 7-3 South) pulled into a tie for second place in the division with Angelo State, but will settle for the South’s No. 3 seed in the LSC tournament next weekend at Lawton, Okla. The Rambelles swept a pair of five-game decisions from ENMU in regular-season play.

The Zias face North Division runnerup Central Oklahoma in a 4 p.m. (MST) opening-round tournament match on Thursday.

Eastern never trailed in the three games it won, and was never tied later than 4-4 in any of them. Kingsville (10-21, 3-7) kept the match alive by controlling the third game for the most part, leading all the way in that game after a couple of early ties.

Five Zias recorded double figures in kills, led by senior Kelley McGinty with 16 and junior Lindsay Schiely with 15. McGinty added 11 digs and a pair of aces, while junior Olivia Boan also had two aces to go with a team-leading 14 digs.

Kellie O’Leary led the Javelinas with a match-high 22 kills.

ENMU 3, Texas A&M-Kingsville 1

ENMU 30 30 23 30

Texas A&M-Kingsville 26 25 30 24

Kills — Eastern New Mexico, Kelley McGinty 16, Lindsay Schiely 15, Emilie Rodman 14, Anna Bellum 13, Grace George 11. Texas A&M-Kingsville, Kellie O’Leary 22, Tenesha Marsh 10, Heidi Scheopner 10. Block solos — Eastern New Mexico, George 1, Schiely 1. Texas A&M-Kingsville, Marsh 1, O’Leary 1. Block assists — Eastern New Mexico, Rodman 5, George 4. Texas A&M-Kingsville, Sarah Rauschuber 7, Scheopner 5. Set assists — Eastern New Mexico, Margie Goble 33, Amber McCarthy 27. Texas A&M-Kingsville, Natalie Walther 48. Digs — Eastern New Mexico, Olivia Boan 14, Jessica Weeks 13, McGinty 11. Texas A&M-Kingsville, Leslie Petros 19, Scheopner 15, Walther 11. Aces — Eastern New Mexico, Boan 2, McGinty 2, Weeks 1. Texas A&M-Kingsville, O’Leary 2, Shaday Smith 2, Marsh 1, Walther 1. Records — Eastern New Mexico 23-7 (7-3), Texas A&M-Kingsville 10-21 (3-7). T — 1:50. A — 113.

Cross country — At Joplin, Mo., the ENMU men’s team placed 13 out of 15 full squads Saturday in NCAA South Central Region competition hosted by Missouri Southern.

Sophomore Patrick McGuire was the Greyhounds’ top runner, finishing 35th in a time of 33 minutes, 34.5 seconds over the 10-kilometer course.

The top three teams plus the top two individuals not on qualifying teams advance to national competition Nov. 20 at Evansville, Ind. ENMU coach Joel McMullen said his team’s goal was to place in the top 10, but noted that a leg injury hampered Kenyan freshman Kennedy Baiwyo, who finished 101st out of 104 runners.

“We were disappointed,” McMullen said. “If Kennedy would’ve been able to run like he normally would, we might’ve been close to 10th.

“The course was a little hilly, and that’s always tough for us. We don’t have a lot of hills to practice on.”

LSC member Abilene Christian posted a perfect score to cruise to the men’s team title, with Central Missouri State and Missouri Southern also qualifying their teams.

ENMU did not enter any women’s runners. ACU won the women’s team title, with Truman State qualifying second.

NCAA South Central Regional

Saturday at Joplin, Mo.

Men (10K)

Team standings: 1. Abilene Christian 15; 2. Central Missouri State 73; 3. Missouri Southern 129; 4. Drury 144; 5. Emporia State 167; 6. Northwest Missouri State 171; 7. East Central 202; 8. Truman State 219; 9. Texas A&M-Kingsville 222; 10. Pittsburg State 238; 11. Angelo State 244; 12. Missouri-Rolla 264; 13. Eastern New Mexico 271; 14. Southwest Baptist 350; 15. Dallas Baptist 361.

Individual winner (104 runners): Nicodemus Naimadu, Abilene Christian 29:58.4

ENMU results: 35. Patrick McGuire 33:34.5; 42. Jason Garcia 33:46.0; 46. Ricardo Hernandez 33:57.4; 54. Orlando Sanchez 34:15.3; 101. Kennedy Baiywo 42:12.4.

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