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Kingsville's comeback sinks Zias

Staff report

PORTALES — Kelsey Washington collected four of her match-high 23 kills in the fifth set and Texas A&M-Kingsville rallied from a 2-1 deficit to edge Eastern New Mexico University 25-21, 22-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-7 in Lone Star Conference volleyball on Friday night at Greyhound Arena.

Washington, who added 15 digs, and Ashley Bukowski (17 kills, 10 digs) posted double-doubles for the Javelinas (13-7, 5-4 LSC). Kingsville scored the first four points of the fifth set and never trailed, with Washington notching two kills in a match-ending 5-0 run, including one on match point.

The Zias (9-12, 3-8) got 17 kills from senior outside hitter Lindsey Barron and 16 from sophomore outside hitter Lauren Frye, while sophomore outside hitter Courtney Lawson just missed a double-double with nine kills and 13 digs.

Senior setter Kennedi Catano had 27 assists to move into fourth place in that category on the school’s all-time list with 2,394, passing Stacey Estlund (1996-97) by one. Freshman defensive specialist Andrea Aguilar added a team-high 16 digs.

Kingsville took control of the first set with an early 7-0 run and fought off a late Zias bid. ENMU then bounced back to win a seesaw second set, then finished the third with an 8-2 run to take a 2-1 lead in games.

ENMU led throughout the early going of the fourth set, but Kingsville grabbed the lead for good at 16-15 on a kill by Bukowski and finished off the set with the final four points.

The Zias wrap up a four-match homestand with a 7 p.m. LSC contest on Tuesday against Cameron.

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