LUBBOCK, Texas (September 11, 2013) – Kacey Deterding produced 16 kills and five blocks and Lubbock Christian University opened their home and Heartland Conference schedule Wednesday evening inside Rip Griffin Center with a 3-0 win (25-22, 25-23, 25-20) over Texas A&M International for their first ever Heartland Conference win.
LCU opened the match with a 5-0 run in the opening set, with Deterding and Amy Edwards combining with a pair of kills during the run. TAMIU was able to respond with an 8-2 run to take a 9-8 lead in the set. Neither team would have more than a three-point lead following the TAMIU run until LCU went on a 4-1 run to produce a 23-19 lead. LCU won the opening set 25-22, with Deterding leading the way with six kills in the set. Edwards was 4-for-4 in kill chances during the set. TAMIU received five kills from Tierney Bannon-Coad.
TAMIU jumped out in the second set with an 8-4 lead and led as late as 14-10 before LCU started to rally back. A 10-2 run sparked by Dustdevil mistakes helped LCU take a 20-16 lead in the set. The Dustdevils would come back and tie the set 22-22 before kills by Ariel Froeschl and Ashlyn Broussard helped the Lady Chaps claim the set 25-23 for a 2-0 match lead heading into the intermission.
The Lady Chaps benefitted off a 10-2 rally midway through the third set to take the final set. Edwards had seven serves during the rally, as the Dustdevils committed three attack errors during the run before they could break serve. The 10-2 rally was also part of a 13-3 scoring surge for LCU. They led as much as 24-18 before they could garner the eventual win-clinching match point.
The Dustdevils committed 23 attack errors in the match, with 10 coming in the third set. Desiree Ortiz had a match-high 16 digs and teammate Lizzie Prieto led all players with 31 assists in the losing cause for TAMIU. Deterding produced a match-high 16 kills and she had set-highs in each round (6,6,4). LCU had an 8-3 advantage in team blocks, with Deterding notching two of her five blocks with solo blocks.
Despite LCU winning in straight sets, the match was tightly played. The match witnessed the score tied on 15 occasions and 12 lead changes. The first and second set each had four lead changes.
LCU, former members of the NAIA's Sooner Athletic Conference, joined the NCAA Div. II's Heartland Conference this season and the match marked the university's first Heartland Conference contest. The Lady Chaps improved to 2-3 overall and are 1-0 in conference play. TAMIU remains winless on the year, as they are 0-5 overall and 0-1 in the Heartland. LCU continues a busy schedule Thursday hosting St. Mary's University at 7 p.m. inside Rip Griffin Center for another Heartland Conference contest. It will mark the first time the two teams have met since 1998.