Eastern New Mexico closed out Midwestern State with an 8-1 run to come away with a 26-24, 25-22, 26-24 win in Lone Star Conference play Tuesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The Mustangs who experienced tight losses in each set dropped their fourth consecutive match to fall to 7-5 on the season and to 0-4 in league play.
Eastern New Mexico (4-7, 2-1) found a way to win despite hitting .097 as a team while committing 22 attack errors, but the Zias rode a strong back row performances by Hayley Couch (24 digs), Courtney Lawson (16 digs) and Kaitlyn Maddams (11 digs) to frustrate MSU into 22 miscues of its own.
The Zias gained control of a sloppy opening set as the teams combined for 18 errors by finally capitalizing on an MSU attack error with a Lawson kill in ENMU's second set point of the opening frame.
Midwestern battled back from a six-point deficit in the second stanza at 23-17 to pull within two at 23-21 and 24-22 but ENMU closed out with a block of MSU senior Caitlin Wallace to take a 2-0 lead.
The Mustangs controlled play throughout the third set claiming a 23-18 edge on a Brandi Flores kill. ENMU rattled off the next five points before Marissa Olivares gave MSU its lone set point of the night for a 24-23 edge, but the Zias answered with consecutive kill by Lawson and another by Agatha Gibbons to finish off the match.
Wallace paced the Mustangs with eight kills and four blocks, while fellow middle blocker Kaitlyn Molloy chipped in six kills. Senior Michelle Blount and Olivares also tacked on five kills.
Junior libero Casey Fletcher paced back row efforts with 14 digs, while freshman Alyssa Fulgium recorded her first collegiate double-double with 15 set assists and 12 digs.
Midwestern State continues LSC play with a pair of matches under the dome this weekend. The Mustangs take on Texas Woman's Friday night at 7 p.m. before squaring off with Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday at 2.