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Pioneers notch win over ENMU

Staff report

DENTON, Texas — Texas Woman’s needed a rally to win the second set, but the Pioneers cruised the rest of the time and handed Eastern New Mexico University a 25-8, 29-27, 25-17 Lone Star Conference volleyball setback on Friday night.

Hillary Shaffer collected 11 kills for the Pioneers (10-6, 5-2 LSC), who overcame a pair of seven-point deficits to bail out the second set and open a 2-0 lead.

Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Frye had nine kills for the Zias (7-7, 2-4), who saw their modest two-game winning streak come to an end.

The Zias turn around today to face Texas A&M-Commerce at 1 p.m.

After getting thrashed the first set, in part due to six blocks by TWU, the Zias scored the first four points of the second game and eventually built a 14-7 lead on a kill by sophomore outside hitter Courtney Lawson.

The Pioneers pulled to 19-15, then saw ENMU score the next three points before running off an 8-0 spurt to take the lead. The Zias eventually had two match points, but TWU got a rare triple block from Katelyn Barnett, Jaquelione Santos and Shaffer on set point.

The third set started close, with Lawson’s kill giving the Zias a 5-4 lead. But TWU responded with an 8-0 run and was never threatened.

Santos finished with nine kills, six digs and four total blocks for the Pioneers. Senior outside hitter Lindsey Barron had four kills and 13 digs for the Zias, while junior outside hitter Talaitupu Faumui also had six kills and Lindsay Bost posted 13 digs.