KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – The Texas A&M-Kingsville volleyball team evened up the season series with Lone Star Conference rival Eastern New Mexico on Thursday night with a 25-21, 25-21, 23-25, 25-21 victory at Kingsville Hampton Inn Court. (box score)
The Javelinas (11-9, 5-8) had a clear edge on the attack for most of the match. It appeared that they would win the match in three sets, but a late run by the Zias (5-16, 1-11) late in the third set forced a fourth frame. Neither team attacked particularly well in the fourth set, but the Hoggies took the win when Stephanie Johns (Lubbock/Coronado HS) served up an ace on match point.
The Javelinas pounded out 58 kills in the match and had a .248 attack percentage. Lauryn Lozano (San Antonio/Smithson Valley HS) and Kelsey Washington (Cuero/Cuero HS) led the squad with 14 kills apiece. Lozano had a .444 attack percentage and two blocks while Washington had a .310 attack percentage and three digs. Lakeshia Craft (Pflugerville/Connally HS) added 11 kills, a team high .556 attack percentage and three blocks.
The Javelina offense was directed by the duo of Sondra Cui (Schertz/Steele HS) and Giselle Carreon (Corpus Christi/Carroll HS) had 27 and 23 assists, respectively. Bethany Friesenhahn (Poth/Poth HS) added nine kills, two blocks and a team high 17 digs
The Zias had 49 kills on a .225 attack percentage. Amber Durand had the only double-double of the match with 13 kills, 11 digs and a .211 attack. Jessica King had 11 kills and three blocks while Kristen Beck had 11 kills and five blocks. Kennedi Catano led all players with 41 assists.
The Javelinas are back in action on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. against 14th ranked West Texas A&M at home.
Courtesy Javelina Athletics