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Amy Edwards tallied 25 kills on day one of the Windmark Insurance Heartland/Lonestar Conference Crossover.
Volleyball - Fri, Sep. 13, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas (September 13, 2013) – Lubbock Christian kicked off the 2013 Windmark Insurance Heartland/Lonestar Conference Crossover with a victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville but fell to Texas A&M-Commerce on the final game during day one of competition.     


Early in set one against Kingsville (3-4, 0-0 LSC), Amy Edwards tied the game at 5-5 by smashing down a free ball sent over by the Javelinas and then earned her team another point on a set from Mallory Powell. Consecutive kills by Abby White put the Lady Chaps on top at 13-12, but the Kingsville attackers rallied for a 17-15 advantage. A huge block by Edwards and Powell put LCU back in front by one and another by Kelsea Eskew scooted LCU closer to victory at 23-18, as the Lady Chaps finished out the set, winning 25-20.


Lubbock Christian (3-5, 1-1 Heartland) quickly ran on to a 4-1 lead in set two after kills by Ashlyn Broussard and Edwards, increasing the advantage to 10-5 after a three-kill stretch by Kacey Deterding. Javelina Kelsey Washington responded with a trio of kills, spurring a 7-1 run to give Kingsville the lead at 14-13. A kill by Deterding knotted the game at 23-23, prompting a Javelina timeout. The Lady Chaps then concluded the set with a 5-2 run, overtaking Kingsville by a score of 28-25.


After falling behind 3-0, LCU pulled out in front 9-4, thanks in part to five Kingsville attack errors. Washington tied the game at 14-14, and a Deterding kill gave the Lady Chaps a one-point advantage. Kingsville's Sarah Fountain provided her team with a kill and the lead at 22-21, but successive Javelina attack errors put LCU out in front, 23-22. Deterding and White closed down the game for LCU with back-to-back kills, winning the game 25-23.


Lubbock Christian struggled early in set four as well, trailing 7-3, but two Edwards kills and a pair of Kingsville errors tied things up at 7-7. White stretched LCU's lead to four at 16-12 with a kill, and the Lady Chaps led 17-14 when Tyler Webster hit through the seam of two Javelina blockers after a lengthy rally. Coach Jennifer Lawrence called a timeout after Kingsville crept to within one at 22-21, and LCU responded and closed out the match with a 3-0 run, securing the 25-21 win.


Deterding tallied 17 kills for LCU, while Edwards contributed 13 in the losing effort. Powell delivered 47 assists, and Christa Daniel recorded 31 digs.


For Kingsville, Dedra Brown totaled a game-high 24 kills, and Fountain had 47 assists.


In the Lady Chaps' second match of the day versus the Lions (6-1, 0-0 LSC), three kills by Deterding helped the Lady Chaps jump out to an early 5-1 lead. With LCU up 10-7, sequential kills by Edwards and Webster forced a timeout by the Lions. The break did not phase Lucia, as she used her serving prowess to position the ball directly between a Commerce defender's legs to increase the Lady Chap lead to 13-7. Edwards followed up with a slam to the other side on a beautiful back set by Erin Fisher. She continued her dominating stretch bringing the score to 15-11, 19-17, 20-17 and 22-19. However, Commerce took control late in the game and belted out six straight points to take the match at 25-22.


Edwards opened set number two right where she left off, belting home a kill on the first play of the game and another one shortly after to tie the game 3-3. With a 7-5 Lady Chap advantage, a four-point swing put the Lions back on top at 10-8. Three attack errors by LCU dug a bigger hole for the Lady Chaps, finding themselves trailing 16-12. Fisher surprised the Lions by sending over a set, bringing Lubbock Christian to within 22-19, but the Lady Chaps could not contain their opponents, as Commerce ended the set 25-20.


The third game was tight midway through, with Ariel Froeschl tying things up at 5-5 with a kill and Edwards doing the same at 12-12. However, the LCU attack came to a standstill, allowing the Lions to take a 16-12 lead. The Lady Chaps were only able to muster four more kills throughout the evening, leading to a 25-18 defeat.


For LCU, Deterding had a game-high 14 kills along with 12 by Edwards, Fisher registered 24 assists and Lucia totaled 12 digs and three service aces.


Kayla Bond had 10 kills for the Lions, and Jordan Neal amassed 33 assists.


The Windmark Insurance Heartland/Lonestar Conference Crossover concludes tomorrow with Lubbock Christian taking on Midwestern State at 3 p.m. in the Rip Griffin Center.