The Midwestern State volleyball won the first set for the third-straight match but Eastern New Mexico answered with a commanding second set win before pulling out a 3-1 victory (23-25, 25-12, 26-24, 25-16) Tuesday evening at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Freshmen middle blockers Kiley Beaver and Olivia Schiffner paced Midwestern State (5-20, 0-11 LSC) with 10 kills apiece as Beaver hit a team-best .450 with just one error on 20 swings.
Behind a .345 attack percentage, the Mustangs were able to record a 25-23 opening set win. It was a close contest a majority of the frame until the Mustangs were able to open up a 20-16 advantage following two Eastern New Mexico (11-13, 4-8 LSC) errors and a Beaver kill. With Midwestern holding a comfortable 24-19 lead, the Greyhounds responded with a 4-0 run to make it a one-point contest. However, Schiffner came through for Midwestern to end the ENMU rally and give the first set to the Mustangs.
It was a rocky second set for the Maroon and Gold as the Greyhounds hit .379 while holding the Mustangs to -.037. ENMU jumped out to a 5-2 lead to force an MSU timeout. The Mustangs answered with a small run to come back within two as a kill from freshman setter Kendall Chamberlain put the score at 9-7. With the Greyhounds holding a 13-11 lead, ENMU reeled off a 10-0 run with sophomore middle blocker Brooklyn Biel registering three kills and two blocks in the spurt to give the Greyhounds the momentum to record a 25-12 win and even the match at 1-1.
In the third set, the Greyhounds overcame an early 4-0 deficit to eventually climb on top at 8-7 following an MSU hitting error. With the set remaining close the rest of the way, the Mustangs called timeout trailing 22-20 before a 3-0 MSU run put the home team up one after an ENMU attacking error. A kill from Schiffner gave the Mustangs set point but the Greyhounds stormed back to take the next three points to take a 2-1 lead in the contest with a 26-24 win.
A 6-1 lead to begin the fourth helped the Greyhounds keep Midwestern from a rally as ENMU didn't allow the Mustangs within three to earn a 25-16 win and take the match 3-1.
Junior right side hitter Lauren Frye led three Greyhounds in double-digit kills with 17. Biel added 13 and junior outside hitter Courtney Lawson finished with a double-double with 10 kills and 16 digs. Sophomore libero Andrea Aguilar led all players with 23 digs while sophomore setter Alexis Aguirre paced the Greyhounds offense with 49 assists.