Nebraska Kearney 3, E. New Mexico 0



Kearney, Neb. - Junior middle Erin Gudmundson had 21 kills, one off her season-high, to lead the No. 1 Nebraska-Kearney volleyball team to a sweep of Eastern New Mexico (-20, -18, -26) in the NCAA Tournament second round Saturday night at the Health & Sports Center.

The Lopers (38-0) make the Southwest Regional finals for the fourth time in the Rick Squiers era while the Zias end the year at 25-9.

Tomorrow at 3:00 p.m., UNK will play 12th-ranked Fort Hays State (31-4) for the fourth time this year with the winner advancing to the Elite Eight.

Hays, for the second straight night, rallied for a 3-2 win. The Tigers beat St. Edwards (Texas) 17-15 in the fifth game after being down 14-12 in the set.

Gudmundson got her 21 kills in just 35 swings for a .429 hitting percentage. She also had two blocks, giving her an even 400 for her career.

Senior outside Erin Arnold (Casper, Wyo.) had a team-high 17 digs and 15 kills while Grand Island sophomore hitter Kelli Bunger chipped in with 10 kills, six digs and two aces.

UNK out hit the Zias .348 to .165 and won the dig game, 54-44. Also for UNK, Lincoln junior Brett McCurdy had eight digs off the bench. And junior setter Bethany Spilde (54 assists, seven digs, three kills) moved into third place on the career assist list (4,611).

Kelley McGinty paced Eastern with 11 kills, eight digs and two blocks.

-- Courtesy Nebraska Kearney