CANYON, Texas (September 6, 2013) – Lubbock Christian University had a tough start to the 2013 volleyball season, dropping two matches at the BritKare Lady Buff Classic Friday at the WTAMU Fieldhouse. The Lady Chaps were defeated by UC-Colorado Springs, 3-1, and the University of Incarnate Word, 3-0.
In match one versus UCCS (1-0, 0-0 RMAC), the first set was closely contested at 11-11 when the Mountain Lions' 5-0 run put them ahead 16-11, helped in part by back-to-back Lady Chap attack errors. With UCCS leading 22-15, LCU called a timeout and shortly thereafter, a kill by Kacey Deterding and two from Amy Edwards brought the Lady Chaps to within two, trailing 23-21. Another Deterding kill again closed the gap to a pair at 24-22, but LCU was unable to hold on, losing the match 25-22.
In the second game, Edwards earned the first point with a kill, but two straight points by Mountain Lion Kristen Sciacca gave UCCS an early 2-1 lead. An Ashlyn Broussard service ace provided the Lady Chaps with a small cushion at 13-10, but UCCS rallied off five straight points, including two service aces by Sciacca, to give the Mountain Lions the advantage at 15-14. Finding themselves down 18-14, LCU coach Jennifer Lawrence called a timeout, and Abby White followed with a kill to knot the score at 20-20. With LCU trailing 22-21, White again came through with a nicely placed kill and an ace to put the Lady Chaps up 23-22. UCCS responded with a pair of kills by Kim Catlett, forcing another LCU timeout. A costly service error by the Mountain Lions tied the game at 24-24, and a Broussard ace and huge kill by Deterding put the game away in favor of the Lady Chaps, 26-24.
LCU never really gained control in the third set and quickly found themselves trailing 12-4. Consecutive kills by White closed the score to within 17-11 in favor of UCCS, but the Mountain Lions increased their lead to 20-12. A kill by Deterding and an attack error by UCCS made it more of a game at 21-18, but the Mountain Lions closed it out 25-19 on a service ace.
Lubbock Christian fell into an early 6-2 hole in the fourth set but managed to tie things up at 11-11 on a Mountain Lion error. The Lady Chaps earned the lead a 12-11 and 14-13, but UCCS went out aggressively, ending the match on a 10-4 run.
Deterding led the team with 17 kills against UCCS, while White and Edwards contributed 11 and 10, respectively. Mallory Powell dished out 35 assists, and Christa Daniel tallied 15 digs.
The second match of the day versus Division I Incarnate Word (2-0, 0-0 SLC) got off to a rough start, with LCU trailing 11-4 early on in the first game. From there, the Cardinals strung together seven more points before the Lady Chaps answered with three of their own, including kills by Edwards and Powell, making the score 19-8 in UIW's favor. However, LCU was unable to climb back from the deficit, falling 25-16 in the first set.
With UIW leading 13-10 in set two, the Cardinals blew the game open by compiling a 6-0 run. At the 23-15 mark with LCU behind, kills by Tyler Webster, Edwards and Powell got the Lady Chaps to within four, and another kill by Edwards narrowed the lead to 24-21, but IUW's Elizabeth Soukup iced the game with a kill.
Set three was much of the same story for the Lady Chaps. Once again, UIW jumped out to a big, early lead at 14-7 and LCU was unable to recover. A Cardinal attack error brought the Lubbock Christian to within five at 14-9, but the Lady Chaps were only able to put two more points on the board, ending the game 25-16.
White and Edwards each registered eight kills versus IUW, Powell handed out 18 assists, and Webster added 10 digs.
The Lady Chaps (0-2, 0-0 Heartland) continue play in the BritKare Lady Buff Classic tomorrow, facing #10 West Texas A&M at 1:00 p.m. and Western State at 5:30 p.m.