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LUBBOCK, Texas (September 18, 2013) - Lubbock Christian travels northward for its first conference trip of 2013 after five consecutive home matches, which included two conference contests and a triad versus Lonestar Conference members in the Windmark Insurance Heartland/Lonestar Conference Crossover. On September 11, the Lady Chaps opened Heartland Conference play by defeating Texas A&M International but fell to St. Mary's the following day. The Crossover began on September 13 with a win for LCU versus Texas A&M-Kingsville but concluded with losses to Texas A&M-Commerce and Midwestern State.
The Lady Chaps are ranked second in the Heartland Conference in kills per game at 12.53, with Dallas Baptist leading the pack at 12.81. Individually, Kacey Deterding is tops in the conference with her 3.69 kills per set and teammate Amy Edwards sits in fifth place with 2.77 per game.
SCHEDULE SLOW DOWN
Two weeks into their schedule, the Lady Chaps have participated in two tournaments, including the BritKare Lady Buff Classic hosted by West Texas A&M and played host to the Windmark Insurance Heartland/Lonestar Crossover. After playing nearly a fifth of their regular season matches in a four-day span from September 11 through September 14, the Lady Chaps will play the remainder of the season at a more consistent pace.
HEARTLAND CONFERENCE WOES
It has not been an easy start to the season for Heartland Conference teams. Collectively, the 10 squads have compiled a record of 24-54 against non-conference opponents, equating to a .444 winning percentage. Only two teams sit above the .500 mark, with UA Fort Smith notching a record of 4-2 and Dallas Baptist sitting at 4-3. The Lions and Patriots are both undefeated in conference play at 2-0.
THE ERROR UP THERE
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 has been apparent through the first nine contests, as the Lady Chaps have combined for 210 attack errors compared to 161 from their opponents. While errors are expected, consecutive lapses from LCU have led to large runs from their contenders and pulled the momentum away from the Lady Chaps. Despite the disparity in attack errors, LCU has eight fewer service faults than opponents.
The Lady Chaps began this season with eight underclassmen on their 12 player roster, including five freshman and three sophomores. Six 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 Aggies started of 2013 with a win versus Southwestern Christian and won two out of their first two matches, but have since been on a five-game losing streak. OPSU's second win of the year came against Huston-Tillotson at home, where the Aggies have played four of their contests so far this season. OPSU sits atop the conference in service aces at 1.61 a game, but fills the last spot in hitting percentage, assists, kills and blocks.
The Jets also began their season with a win, defeating South Dakota School of Mines in the New Victorian Inn & Suites/Runza Volleyball Classic, where they also routed William Jewell in their second victory on the season. Newman is on a three-game losing streak heading into their match against UT-Permian Basin on September 19.