LUBBOCK, Texas (August 13, 2013) – Lubbock Christian University volleyball head coach Jennifer Lawrence welcomes five new additions this season, as they open their first season in the Heartland Conference. Freshmen Ashlyn Broussard, Kelsea Eskew, Ariel Froeschl, Shelby Mackenzie and Mallory Powell are new additions joining the Lady Chaparrals squad for the 2013 season.
Broussard is a native of Rockwall, Texas, where she was a standout at Rockwall High School. The 5-foot-9-inch outside hitter was a four-year starter at the same position at RHS and claimed First Team All-District (12-5A) honors her senior season. She was a finalist for the Positive Coaching Alliance's Triple Impact Competitor Scholarship.
Eskew is the only out-of-state member on the Lady Chaps roster, coming to Lubbock from Fort Morgan, Colo. The Weldon Valley High School product will serve the outside and middle for LCU. She is coming off a senior season in which she claimed a Colorado Class 1A state title and claimed a spot in the state's All-Star game. The 6-foot-2-inch star was a three-time All-Colorado recipient at the Class 1A level.
Froeschl joins the Lady Chaps from Clear Creek High School in League City, Texas, which is the same program that produced former LCU NAIA All-American Elissa Loynes. She is a 5-foot-10-inch middle blocker, who spent three seasons with the varsity at CCHS and claimed All-District recognition in all three seasons. During her senior season, Froeschl was a co-captain and claimed LoneStarVolleyball.com All-State Honorable Mention honors. She also received area accolades as All-District (Second Team), Preseason All-County (First Team) and Houston Chronicle Athlete of the Week recognition. Despite missing three weeks of the season due to an injury, Froeschl was able to claim All-District First Team and All-County First Team accolades as a junior. The two-time All-District Academic First Team recipient played club volleyball with Houston Stellar.
Mackenzie comes to Lubbock from San Antonio, Texas, where she was a product of Clark High School. She was a two-time All-District (27-5A) recipient, claiming Second Team honors in 2010 and 2012. As a senior, she was a middle blocker and the team captain, claiming 54 blocks and 272 kills in 112 sets. The 5-foot-9-inch freshman can serve as an outside hitter, middle blocker or patrol the right side for LCU.
Powell is a 5-foot-10-inch setter from Aledo, Texas, continuing a trend a volleyball players who have gone from Aledo to LCU. Powell, who was high school teammates with current Lady Chap Christa Daniel, played the same position at Aledo as Jordan Goings, who went from setting at Aledo to receiving NAIA All-American status as a setter at LCU. Powell comes to LCU with quite a resume after claiming All-State accolades in both volleyball and basketball. She claimed both Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and Texas Girls Coaches Association First Team All-State Honors (Class 4A) in basketball, and received TGCA and TSWA First Team (Class 4A) honors in volleyball as a senior. The three-time First Team basketball All-State performer was a four-time All-District honoree in basketball (a pair of All-District MVP honors) and a three-time All-District recipient in volleyball (claimed three All-District MVP honors).
The new additions join a young Lady Chaps squad, which returns only three starters and does not have any seniors. Kacey Deterding, Amy Edwards and Maddie Johnson are the returning players who received a majority of starts last season. LCU operated with a pair of setters, and Erin Fisher is the only one of the two who returns. Christa Daniel, one of five juniors on the roster, will have the tough duty of moving into the libero roll this season. Nikki Ralston graduated with 1,886 career digs at the libero position, which ranks fifth in program history.
The season marks LCU's debut in the Heartland Conference. The Lady Chaps completed the 2012 season with a 23-9 record. They went 10-2 in the Sooner Athletic Conference, leading to a second place finish in the conference. The Lady Chaps will open their season Friday, Sept. 6 in the Lady Buff Classic hosted by West Texas A&M University. They will play University of Colorado – Colorado Springs at 11 a.m. in Canyon, Texas.