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After cruising to a 2-0 lead, it was a battle after that for the Western New Mexico University volleyball team as they dropped the third set and Texas A&M-Commerce nearly took the fourth set before the Lady Mustangs pulled out the exciting 3-1 victory (25-18, 25-19, 20-25, 30-28) Friday night in Lone Star Conference action.

The 30-28 score in a set is the second time this season these teams have played that far past 25, as Texas A&M-Commerce won the 30-28 first set back on Oct. 7 in Commerce.

For the first time since the 2010-11 season, the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team will matchup with UTEP this Friday in an exhibition contest starting at 7 p.m. inside Don Haskins Center.


The teams lasted matched up on Dec. 28, 2010 in El Paso with the Miners taking the 87-58 victory. The teams played three straight seasons from 2005-06 until 2007-08 with UTEP taking all three wins.
UTEP already has an exhibition under their belts as they faced Division III Sul Ross State on Oct. 28 and claimed the 78-70 win in El Paso. Last year, the Miners went 15-17 and faced a pair of Division II teams posting a pair of close wins against Southeastern Oklahoma State (80-73) and Alaska Fairbanks (87-85).

It will be a homecoming of sorts for the WNMU coaching staff as Head Coach Matt Enriquez played at Bel Air High School in El Paso, while Assistant Head Coach Tyler Tafoya played at UTEP from 2009-2014 under Coach Tony Barbee for one season and current Miner Head Coach Tim Floyd the remainder of his career.

The top four scorers return from last season in junior Jordan Enriquez, junior Willie McCray, senior Latrell Spivey and sophomore Eddie Giron. Enriquez and McCray both averaged in double-figures with Enriquez at 12.4 and McCray at 11.5. Spivey nearly averaged a double-double for the season with 8.6 points and 9.1 rebounds. He also led the team with 15 blocks. McCray tallied a team-best 30 steals.

Several freshmen made a big impact last year with Giron averaging 8.0 points, CJ Vanbeekum at 6.0, Alex Gonzalez Alvarez at 4.6 and Tyshaun Copper at 1.8. Trevin Ramirez returns as a redshirt sophomore after averaging 3.1 points per game.

Five transfers join the team this season with four coming in as juniors in Davis Wade, Jon-Reese Woodson, Haneef Vaughn-Wilson and O’Shayne Reid, while Timothy Muniz will be a redshirt freshman.

The Mustangs played one exhibition contest last season at the University of New Mexico with the Lobos taking the 113-57 victory.

UTEP returns top scorer Omega Harris who averaged 17 points per game a year ago. Matt Willms was the third-best scorer on the team last year and he returns as well after averaging 11.4 per game.

Two members of the WNMU golf team, Pedro De La Vega and Gonzalo Pan De Soraluce, have been invited to play at a professional tournament in A Playa Del Carme, Cancun in the amateur leagues.

Pedro hails from Toluca, Mexico and has been playing golf since he was thirteen years old. He was inspired to learn the game after playing with his father. As he grew older, Pedro played in the AGVM junior tour across Mexico and attended the Greg Norman Golf Academy in Southern California. After attending the academy, Pedro contacted a number of different colleges before eventually coming to Western New Mexico University. Aside from playing golf, Pedro double-majors in Business Management and Business Administration. He’s currently in his sophomore year and hopes to eventually play golf professionally, though he is also willing to settle on a business career as a possible alternative.

West Texas A&M, coming off of a pair of wins this past weekend against nationally-ranked Angelo State and Tarleton State, continued with that momentum right into their matchup with the Western New Mexico University volleyball team as the Lady Mustangs fell 3-0 (20-25, 20-25, 14-25) Tuesday night in Lone Star Conference action.

WT (19-10, 11-6 LSC) currently receiving votes in the latest AVCA Poll, hit .267 (45-14-116), while holding WNMU (8-16, 8-8 LSC) to a .108 clip (35-21-130).

After claiming their first Lone Star Conference victory late in the season against Texas A&M-Kingsville, the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team is set for year two in the league as the Lady Mustangs were tabbed to finish 11th in the preseason poll that was released Wednesday.

WNMU collected 47 points, just behind UT Permian Basin’s 63 points in 10th. West Texas A&M was the pick to take the title with 301 points and 11 first-place votes.

Preparing for their second season in the Lone Star Conference, the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team was tabbed to finish 10th in the conference’s preseason poll that was announced Wednesday.

The Mustangs tallied 29 points to finish behind Eastern New Mexico. Defending champion UT Permian Basin was the pick to win again this season with 269 points and 19 first-place tallies.

Following a first set that could’ve gone either way, the Western New Mexico University volleyball team suffered a tough opening set loss and then Eastern New Mexico University rode that momentum on their way to a 3-0 victory (26-28, 19-25, 21-25) Monday night in Lone Star Conference action.

WNMU (6-15, 6-7 LSC) held an early 10-8 lead in the first set behind a 3-0 spurt with points from senior Kalie Lyle and sophomore Hannah Tishlarich. The lead stretched to three at 18-15 on a kill by senior Alanna Watt. The Lady Mustangs kept the pressure on ENMU (9-14, 6-7 LSC) as they moved in front 23-21 following an attack error by the Greyhounds. WNMU had a chance at the first set moving to a 26-25 lead off a kill by senior Kelli McGhiey, but then ENMU responded by taking the next three points to surge back and claim the set at 28-26. Both teams hit exceptionally well in the opening frame with WNMU connecting on .357 to .370 for ENMU.

Going against their second mostly Division I field in a week, the Western New Mexico University men’s golf team ended up 13th after the third and final round of the Price’s Give ‘Em Five completed Sunday at the par 71, 7,267 yard Butterfield Trail Golf Course.

The Mustangs were tied for 12th with Army following yesterday’s second round and ended up a shot back of the Black Knights posting a 900 with rounds of 291-306-303. Host UTEP grabbed the title by 10-strokes with an 839. Marquette’s Hunter Eichhorn won the individual title by a shot with a 204.

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