Clovis, Portales cruise into semis

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis sophomore Antiesha Brown hits over Tatum’s Ivery Cardenas during a quarterfinal match at Rock Staubus Gym. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Like a fish on a line, Clovis sometimes seemed to be toying with Class 1A Tatum on Friday in the quarterfinals of the 16-team Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament. […]

Zias drop pair in tourney

DURANGO, Colo. — Cami Johnson recorded 19 kills, including the game-winner in Game 5, as Dixie State College beat Eastern New Mexico University on Friday in the Fort Lewis Tournament. Mariesa Nielson added 23 kills and six blocks for Dixie State in Dixie State’s 30-26, 20-30, 31-29, 19-30, 20-18 win. Veronica Valdez led ENMU with […]

Roswell outlasts Lady Cats

CNJ staff ROSWELL — Chantele Riddle had nine kills and was credited with 16 blocks Tuesday night as defending Class 4A state volleyball champion Roswell High defeated Clovis High 25-22, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18. The Lady Coyotes (1-1) bounced back from a season-opening loss to Ruidoso against the Lady Wildcats, who were playing their opening match […]

Texico turns tide to claim 2A title

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleTexico coach Mike Littlejohn and the Texico Wolverines celebrate after capturing the Class 2A volleyball championship Saturday in Albuquerque. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — The Texico Wolverines didn’t let a little thing like losing the first game affect them. After all, they’ve been here before. Texico, which reached […]

Vixens topple Tatum

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleFort Sumner’s Bree’Anna Lucero jumps to spike the ball Saturday’s Class 1A state volleyball championship match at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque. The Vixens defeated defending champ Tatum in four games. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — With the championship in sight, there was no messing around by Fort Sumner’s […]

Vixens halt Elida’s undefeated streak

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Fort Sumner’s Carie Cortese hugs teammate Candace Lyssy after Fort Sumner defeated Elida in three game Friday at the Class 1A state tournament in Albuquerque. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Fort Sumner climbed one major hill on Friday. Now the Vixens will have to do it again in […]

Elkettes get revenge, state final berth

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Poratles’ Tori Teague dives to bump the ball in a 3-0 loss to Pojoaque at the state tournament in Albuquerque on Friday. By Dave Wagner: CNJ SPORTS WRITER ALBUQUERQUE — Pojoaque had waited a year for the opportunity to avenge a heartbreaking loss to Portales in the 2005 Class 3A state volleyball championship. The Elkettes, […]

Texico back in state final

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Texico’s Jaryse Harris spikes the ball over Julia Bonestroo in a 3-1 win over Mesilla Valley Christian at the state tournament in Albuquerque on Friday. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — For the second straight year, Texico will play for the Class 2A volleyball championship. While six Wolverines recorded at […]

Lady Rams’ star fights off injury

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER ALBUQUERQUE — Apparently, Bethany Self makes an appreciable difference in the Portales Lady Rams’ lineup. Held out of Wednesday’s pool play after sustaining a strained right MCL in last week’s District 4-3A tournament championship loss to Ruidoso, the 6-foot-1 junior outside hitter returned with a vengeance on Thursday. After […]

Lady Cats elimated early

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Clovis High’s Antiesha Brown, spikes the ball over Amanda Daniels (1) and Sarah Nunez (6) in a four-game loss Thursday to Eldorado at the Class 5A state tournament in Albuquerque. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s stay in the Class 5A state volleyball tournament was a short […]

CHS VOLLEYBALL: Lady Cats cruise in finals

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The Clovis High volleyball team celebrates on the court after its District 4-5A tournament championship victory over Hobbs on Saturday night at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer As they raised a 12-by-8 wooden plaque, the Clovis Lady Wildcats were champions. Clovis defeated Hobbs 25-16, 25-10, 25-9 […]

Zias’ Macknicki named to All-LSC South second team in volleyball

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University junior outside hitter Jessie Macknicki has been named to the All-Lone Star Conference South Division second-team in volleyball, released on Wednesday by the league office. Macknicki, a junior from Palmer, Alaska, who transferred to ENMU this year from Southwestern Oregon Community College, was the Zias’ only […]

Lady Chaps defeat Zias in four games

CNJ staff LUBBOCK — Mike Maguire’s 20-year tenure as Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball coach went out quietly on Tuesday night. The Zias finished the season on a 15-match losing streak, falling to Lubbock Christian 30-14, 30-20, 29-31, 30-19. The Lady Chaps (18-19) jumped in front early in each of the three games they won […]

Zias drop South Division finale

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas —Erin Curry had 14 kills and Lauren Leone added 12 as Abilene Christian defeated Eastern New Mexico University 30-18, 30-25, 30-22 on Saturday in the Lone Star Conference South Division finale for both teams. Junior outside hitters Jessie Macknicki and Kari Adkins had eight kills each for the Zias (6-26, 1-9 […]

Texico earns home playoff match

Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent TEXICO — There was quite a bit at stake, besides the District 6-2A volleyball championship, when Texico hosted Clayton Saturday afternoon: Quite a bit of miles, that is. The Ladyt Wolverines, with a 25-23, 22-25, 25-17, 25-14 victory, made sure it would be the visiting Lady Yellowjackets who would have to […]

Lady Eagles need five games to turn back House

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Junior Cristen Wofford was excited about the possibility of a sweep when her Clovis Christian volleyball team won the first two games against House in Friday’s District 4-1A tournament championship match at the CCS gym. She and the Lady Eagles probably should’ve known better. The Cowgirls rallied to take […]

Rambelles outlast ENMU

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Cristina Doris compiled 20 kills and 17 digs and Angelo State rallied from a 2-1 deficit in games to edge Eastern New Mexico University 30-28, 25-30, 28-30, 30-24, 17-15 in a Lone Star Conference South Division matchup on Thursday night. Adrienne Taylor added 15 kills, 12 digs and three […]

Lady Chaps topple Zias

CNJ staff PORTALES — Lubbock Christian spoiled Mike Maguire’s final home match as Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball coach Tuesday night, posting a 30-24, 30-25, 30-21 non-conference victory over the Zias at Greyhound Arena. Maguire has announced that he will end his 20-year run as Zias coach at the conclusion of this season while remaining […]

Kingsville beats Zias in five again

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ENMU junior outside hitter Jessie Macknicki (left) collected 19 kills and 24 digs on Thursday night, but the Zias dropped a five-game Lone Star Conference South match to Texas A&M-Kingsville at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — For the moment, at least, Texas A&M-Kingsville seems to […]

Lady Buffs sweep Zias

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — The West Texas A&M Lady Buffs got 16 kills and four aces from senior outside hitter Jessica Scherr Tuesday night and cruised to their 19th consecutive victory, a 30-16, 30-21, 30-21 Lone Star Conference South Division decision over Eastern New Mexico University. WT (24-3, 6-0 South), ranked 23rd in NCAA […]