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Pioneer volleyball sweeps Western New Mexico

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Caroline Noel of Texas Woman's University recorded a career game in a 3-0 win (25-21, 25-23, 25-17) over Western New Mexico while Miri Shade and Makayla Mayfield each posted double-doubles for the Pioneers Friday afternoon inside Kitty Magee Arena.

Noel registered six blocks and half a dozen kills. Shade tied a season-high with 15 digs along with 16 kills, and Mayfield posted 13 digs and 10 kills. Katy Ranes handed out a game-high 43 assists, and Bailey French had a game-high 22 digs.

Noel opened the match with a kill, and Briley Cole-Lewis added another for a 4-2 Pioneer lead. Shade, Mayfield and Noel each added a kill to put TWU up 12-7, and Mayfield sent a shot through a block for a 14-9 Pioneer edge. A TWU attack error brought WNMU (4-11, 4-3 LSC) close at 22-19, but a block by Cole-Lewis and Noel created set-point before Cole-Lewis put it away with a kill from the right side.

The Pioneers (7-9, 4-3 LSC) fell into a 6-2 set two deficit before a kill by Shade and ace by French produced a 11-11 tie. A crosscourt kill by Mayfield maintained a 14-all tie, and TWU took their first lead of the set at 19-18 on a block by Noel and Cole-Lewis. The Mustangs regained the lead at 22-21 before kill from Noel and two by Mayfield brought up set-point, and Mayfield put down the final point for a 2-0 match edge.

Mayfield continued her tear at the net in set three with back-to-back kills for a 5-4 lead, and a 4-0 run capped by a block by Cole-Lewis and Noel put the Pioneers ahead 13-10. A sideways tip by Courtney Noel extended the lead to 18-13, and TWU went on the claim the match victory.

Head Coach Jeff Huebner said, "That was a really good three-set win in conference play. Miri probably played her best match of the year, and we had an impressive performance from Carol. We are thankful for faculty and staff showing their appreciation for our student-athletes and making them the best we can be."

The Pioneers return to play Saturday at 2 p.m. against Eastern New Mexico.