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TWU volleyball loses in three to Eastern New Mexico

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PORTALES, N.M. — Texas Woman's University lost 3-0 (17-25, 23-25, 15-25) to Eastern New Mexico Friday night inside Greyhound Arena where the Pioneers were led by nine kills from Briley Cole-Lewis.

Katy Ranes recorded a match-high 30 assists, while Kerstin Jenkins had eight kills and Caroline Noel added seven. The Pioneers (12-16, 8-9 LSC) struggled offensively with a .112 hitting percentage compared to .275 by the Greyhounds (12-15, 9-8 LSC).

TWU took a 4-2 lead in set one on a kill by Noel, but five straight points by ENMU toggled to lead to the home team. Another Greyhound five-point run produced a 13-6 lead, and shortly thereafter ENMU went up by double-digits at 19-9. A Greyhound service ace created set-point at 24-15 as TWU fought for two more points before being defeated.

The Pioneers formed a run of their own in set two with six consecutive points for a 15-9 lead, but ENMU responded to pull within a point at 15-14. Courtney Noel put TWU up 19-18 with a kill, and the teams then went back-and-forth to tie score on five occasions. At 23-23, a Greyhound kill and Pioneer attack error put ENMU up 2-0 in the match.

Successive blocks by ENMU put TWU at a 10-6 deficit in the third set and grew to a margin of 13-6. The Greyhounds pushed ahead for a 22-12 advantage before closing out the Pioneers.

Head Coach Jeff Huebner said, "Tonight we ran into a tough ENMU team who was looking forward to playing us. We didn't match their intensity and focus well enough to win the match, but Briley continued to play well. We are ready to travel to WNMU and compete for an opportunity to qualify for the conference tournament."

The Pioneers head to Western New Mexico for a 7 p.m. match Saturday.