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.



- 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.



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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