Lions power to third straight sweep with 3-0 win over Eastern New Mexico
by JOSH MANCK, Texas A&M-Commerce
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Lions power to third straight sweep with 3-0 win over Eastern New Mexico – LINK

 

COMMERCE – The Texas A&M University-Commerce volleyball team powered to its third consecutive sweep with a 25-12, 25-16, 25-18 win over Eastern New Mexico University in The Field House on Friday evening.

 

The Lions move to 10-7 overall and 5-2 in the Lone Star Conference with the win, while the Greyhounds fall to 7-10 overall and 4-3 in the league.

 

A&M-Commerce hosts Western New Mexico (4-11 overall, 4-3 LSC) at 2 p.m. Saturday to close out the weekend.

 

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

- The Lions hit .286 in the match, rarely being forced to leave their offensive system. The Greyhounds were limited to an .055 hitting percentage.

- Mariyah Oliver hit .455 in the match with 11 kills and three blocks.

- Jaslyn Wacker also had 11 kills and three blocks, hitting .400.

- Gabriela Rosa passed out 20 assists, while Rylie Fuentes dished out 16 assists.

- Libero Savannah Rutledge had 20 digs in the sweep and had three service aces.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Lions never trailed in the opening set, and an early run pushed them to a big set win. A&M-Commerce was leading 5-4 after committing an attack error, but then rolled to six straight points on the serve of Lacie Jessup to go up 11-4. Another run quickly followed, with five straight points pushing the lead to 11 points at 17-6 on a Rosa ace. ENMU could not get back within a nine-point margin in the set.

 

The Lions hit .357 in the opening set, led by four errorless kills from Layne Little. Rutledge had eight digs in the set.

 

A&M-Commerce took a little longer in the second set to find its rhythm, but a huge run gave the Lions the distinct edge. The set was tied at 11-all when Rosa's serve came around, and the Lions scored eight consecutive points, with the Greyhounds burning both timeouts in the rally. Oliver had three kills and a block in the run, which was punctuated by a Rosa ace. The Lions hit .211 in the set with Oliver piling up seven kills against only one error. Rutledge had nine digs, helping hold ENMU to a minus-.056 clip in the frame.

 

In the third set, the Lions jumped out to a five-point lead at 8-3, but the Greyhounds battled back to take a lead at 11-10. Another five-point Lion surge pushed the hosts back in front, thanks to a Little ace and two blocks. After ENMU got back to within two points, Rutledge earned two straight aces to put the Lions up 20-15. Jaslyn Wacker was able to put away the final two kills of the match and earn the Lions another sweep.



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