CANYON, Texas (September 7, 2013) – Lubbock Christian volleyball ended the 2013 BritKare Lady Buff Classic on a positive note Saturday evening, defeating Western State at the WTAMU Fieldhouse. Earlier in the day, the Lady Chaps dropped a 3-0 decision to West Texas A&M.
West Texas A&M (3-0, 0-0 LSC) showed why they are the No. 10 team in the nation as they ousted LCU (1-3, 0-0 Heartland) in three sets, 25-17, 25-17 and 25-12. The Lady Chaps combined for a -.10 hitting percentage compared to the Lady Buffs' .353.
West Texas A&M's big hitter, Laura Iwuchukwu, set the tone for the match on the first play of the game with one of her game-high 10 kills. Two errors by LCU handed the Lady Buffs a 3-0 advantage before Kacey Deterding slammed down a point on an assist from Erin Fisher. LCU inched within one at 8-7 on another Deterding kill, but three more Lady Chap errors put West Texas A&M up 11-7. From there, the Lady Buffs went on to lead by as much as eight points, winning by the same margin, 25-17.
Set two started off with six LCU errors within the first ten points, putting WTA&M up 8-2 before kills by Abby White and Ashlyn Broussard slimmed the Lady Buff lead to four. Iwuchukwu extended her team's lead to 13-7 after back-to-back kills, but the Lady Chaps clawed their way back into the game, trailing 18-15 after a White kill. But that would be the closest LCU would get to catching WTA&M, scoring only two more points in the match.
Lubbock Christian came back in set three, leading 6-3 after a kill by Deterding, but quickly saw that margin slip away after an 8-0 Lady Buff run. Fischer ended the West Texas A&M run, surprising the Lady Buffs with a kill to bring the Lady Chaps to within four at 11-7. But from there the Lady Buffs strung together several big runs to eventually shut out LCU.
Deterding's eight kills and Fisher's 28 assists were team-highs for LCU.
The Lady Chaps were eager for their first win in the tournament in the match against Western State (1-3, 0-0 RMAC), and it showed as they came out on top in three sets (25-17, 25-19, 25-9).
With the first game tied at 1-1, Kyleigh Lucia stepped to the line and delivered a handful of difficult serves at the Mountaineers to put Lubbock Christian in good position with a 6-2 advantage. A service error by WSU and a kill by Ariel Froeschl gave the Lady Chaps a six-point cushion at 13-7. The Mountaineers crept back to within 16-13 after an LCU serving error, but kills by Tyler Webster and Fisher pushed the lead back to five. LCU held strong for the remainder of the set, scoring the final five points for the victory.
Lubbock Christian entered set two playing a bit lackadaisical, finding themselves in a 7-1 hole. LCU steadily clambered their way back into the contest and took over 12-11 on a kill by White and never relinquished the lead. A service ace by Lucia pushed LCU's lead to 17-13, and Deterding and Broussard later finished the game with each player registering a kill.
The Lady Chaps were eager to put the third and final set of the tournament away and leave the warm confines of the "The Box". LCU made quick work of WSU, jumping out to a 3-0 lead and never looking back. A kill by Broussard kicked off an 11-0 Lady Chap run that put LCU in control at 22-7, and kills by Amy Edwards and Froeschl wrapped up the match.
Edwards posted a game-high 11 kills and Fisher tallied 30 assists.
LCU begins Heartland Conference play this week at home, facing Texas A&M International on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and St. Mary's on Thursday at 7 p.m.