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Women's volleyball: TWU spreads wealth in extending streak

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Three Pioneers tallied double-digit kills in a 15-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-14 win over Eastern New Mexico on Saturday at Kitty Magee Arena to extend TWU's longest win streak of 2017 to four.

Miri Shade posted a match-high 14 kills, Makayla Mayfield notched her fourth double-double with a dozen kills and 10 digs and Courtney Noel registered 10 kills. Katy Ranes dished out a match-high 47 assists, and Bailey French tallied a match-high 25 digs.

The Pioneers (8-9, 5-3 Lone Star) struggled in Set 1 and quickly fell into an 8-4 deficit. The Greyhounds (7-11, 4-4) doubled up TWU at 14-7 following a 4-0 run before cruising to the win.

A kill by Shade in Set 2 put the Pioneers up 7-6, and a rare triple block by Shade, Noel and Ranes extended the lead to 16-13. A TWU service error and a Greyhound kill tied the set at 20, and final kills by Shade and Noel tied the match at one set apiece.

The Pioneers came out strong in the third to produce a 12-4 advantage after Mayfield hit a kill off of an Eastern block attempt. Briley Cole-Lewis smacked back a Greyhound return, and Caroline Noel added a kill from the middle for a 21-13 lead. Cole-Lewis found the opposite corner for set point, but Eastern battled back with four straight before Cole-Lewis and Courtney Noel recorded a block for the win.

The Greyhounds went up 4-1 in Set 4 before Mayfield tossed over two aces for an 8-7 lead, and Caroline Noel had a kill to put the Pioneers 13-0 and prompt a 10-0 run. Eastern grabbed two points to pull within 23-13, and Cole-Lewis and Mayfield put down the final kills for the match victory.

"I'm proud of our kids for winning a messy match," TWU coach Jeff Huebner said. "We demonstrated maturity and put ourselves in a situation to win and handled ENMU in the third and fourth set. Miri was lights-out for us, and Katy ran unbelievable offense. The gym was great today with all of the kids here."

The Pioneers visit Texas-Permian Basin at 6 p.m. Friday and West Texas A&M at 2 p.m. Saturday.