Cowgirl spikers split on road

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Strong hitting in the fourth and fifth sets of Saturday night’s match at Fort Lewis lifted the New Mexico Highlands volleyball team to a come-from-behind win and a split of the team’s opening weekend of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule.

NMHU is 4-6 overall and 1-1 in league play. The Cowgirls and coach Bryan Crawford host Eastern New Mexico on Tuesday in a non-RMAC match.

Highlands had lost in a sweep on Friday at Colorado Mesa, 25-25, 25-24, 25-12, in Grand Junction, Colo. Sarah Dirmeyer hit for 10 kills and an attack percentage of .250, but the Lady Mavs (7-2, 1-0) hit a  blazing .391 as a team, committing just eight attack errors all night.

On Saturday, the Cowgirls took a tight game one 25-22 but dropped the next two sets 25-18 and 25-15 to fall behind the host Skyhawks. Highlands responded by dominating game four 25-12 to force the tie-breaker, which they won 15-10.

Darian Mullen (26 kills, .352) and Dirmeyer (10 kills, .471) led the attack for NMHU. Marina Samoa and Katie Saavedra combined for 36 digs, and setter Rae Mulitalo notched 42 assists.
Fort Lewis is 4-6, 1-1.