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Junior Abby White and the Lady Chaps host the home opener Wednesday afternoon.
Volleyball - Wed, Sep. 11, 2013



Lubbock Christian University began the 2013 season 1-3 at the BritKare Lady Buff Classic Classic in Canyon, Texas, on the campus of West Texas A&M on September 6-7.  The Lady Chaps lost in four sets to UC-Colorado Springs and were defeated in three games by Incarnate Word and West Texas A&M before closing the tournament with a 3-0 win over Western State. Junior outside Kacey Deterding collected a team-high 37 kills throughout the two-day tournament, junior setter Erin Fisher handed out 68 assists, and junior libero Christa Daniel handled 37 digs.



Sophomore middle blocker Amy Edwards earned a nod on the BritKare Lady Buff Classic All-Tournament Team. The Brock, Texas, native compiled 34 kills (2.62 avg) and led LCU with seven blocks in the tournament. She was joined by Sara Larson from Western State, Angelique Viduarri of Incarnate Word, Grace Gordon and Jordan Banich from UC-Colorado Springs, and Laura Iwuchukwu, Halie Harton and MVP Lauren Britten of host West Texas A&M.



The combination of a new season and fresh faces can lead itself to a bit of a learning curve early on in the year. This was apparent during the first four contests as the Lady Chaps combined for 137 errors during the opening tournament, compared to 103 from their opponents. While errors are expected, consecutive lapses from LCU led to large runs from their contenders and pulled the momentum away from the Lady Chaps. Despite the disparity in attack errors, (93 for LCU compared to 62 from the opponents), LCU had fewer service faults.



Wednesday's match against Texas A&M International will be the first home contest for the Lady Chaps of 2013. Last season, LCU went 7-3 while playing in The Rip, including 5-1 in conference matches and 2-2 in non-conference. Fifteen of LCU's 29 regular season matches will be played at home.



The Lady Chaps will be playing nearly a fifth of their regular season matches from Wednesday to Saturday. Following the tilts against TAMIU and St. Mary's, Lubbock Christian is hosting the Windmark Insurance Heartland/Lonestar Conference Crossover at the Rip Griffin Center. The Lady Chaps will battle Lonestar Conference members Texas A&M-Kingsville, Texas A&M-Commerce and Midwestern State. TAMIU and St. Mary's will travel back to The Rip and UT-Permian Basin will also compete in the tournament.



The Lady Chaps were not the only team to struggle this past weekend in opening play. As a conference, the 10 teams went a combined 9-32, with only LCU and Dallas Baptist finishing on a win. Newman, UA Fort Smith and Oklahoma Panhandle State fared the best, each going 2-2, while UT- Permian Basin, St. Mary's, McMurry and Texas A&M International all went 0-4.



The Lady Chaps begin this season with eight underclassmen on their 12 player roster, including five freshman and three sophomores. Four juniors complete the lineup with no seniors on this year's squad. New additions include Ashlyn Broussard (5-9 OH from Rockwall, Texas), Ariel Froeschl (5-10 MB from League City, Texas), Mallory Powell (5-9 S from Aledo, Texas), Kelsea Eskew (6-0 OH/MB from Fort Morgan, Colo.) and Shelby Mackenzie (5-8 OH/RS/MB) from San Antonio, Texas).



The Dustdevils have gotten off to a rough start in 2013, losing their first four matches. TAMIU competed at the Seaside Invitational in San Diego, Calif. on September 6 and 7, facing California teams Azusa Pacific, CSU-Dominguez, CSU-Stanislaus and Point Loma Nazarene. Senior defensive specialist Desiree Ortiz leads the conference in digs per game at 6.50, and sophomore setter Lizzie Prieto is second (behind LCU's Erin Fisher) at 8.36 assists per game.



The Rattlers were host to the Rattler/Hilltopper Classic on September 6 and 7, ending with 0-4 record. St. Mary's faced Western New Mexico, Minnesota-Crookston, #23 Adams State and Texas Woman's. Junior outside hitter Kelsey Huber is fourth in the conference with 46 kills (3.07 avg) and junior libero Victoria Martinez sits fifth with 5.93 digs per game.