WICHITA, Kansas (September 21, 2013) – Lubbock Christian withstood a furious rally by Newman University, squeezing out a five-set win Saturday afternoon at the Fugate Gymnasium. The Lady Chaps won the first two matches but the Jets stormed back to force a third, and LCU prevailed 15-13 behind 15 kills by Kacey Deterding and a dozen each from Abby White and Amy Edwards.
The first set was tightly contested with points being exchanged back-and-forth, including at 6-6 when Ariel Froeschl slammed down from the middle on a quick set by Erin Fisher. A block by Froeschl and Deterding put the Lady Chaps (5-6, 3-1 Heartland) up 13-11, but a bit later a Gaylynn Jones serve landed just inside the end line to cut the Chap lead to one at 15-14. Tyler Webster sent a kill down the line to earn another LCU point at 20-17, and a Jet service error put the Lady Chaps to within one point of victory at 24-18. Two kills by Newman's Mali Wright, an attack error by LCU and a Jet service ace closed the gap to 24-22, but Deterding came through with a kill to wrap up game one.
Much like the first set, the second was a rubber match early one. Deterding crushed the ball through a Jet block to tie things up at 5-5 before a block by Edwards and Webster gave LCU a one-point lead, while another block by Fisher and Froeschl upped the Lady Chap lead to 15-12. Down 20-19, a kill by White tied things up, and a kill by Webster along with an ace by Kyleigh Lucia put LCU out in front at 23-20. Another block, this time from the combination of Fisher and Edwards, ended the game at 25-22.
Intermission seemed to have stolen the momentum away from Lubbock Christian, as they quickly found themselves in an 8-2 hole in the third set. The Lady Chaps trailed by as much as nine at the 19-10 and 20-11 marks, but two big kills by White offered the team a bit of hope, lessening the lead to 21-16. White struck again to make it 22-17, but the Jets (3-5, 1-3 Heartland) closed it out on back-to-back kills by Jeana Farruggia and Jones.
LCU seemed to be back on track in game four, coming out to a 7-4 lead following a Deterding kill. Three consecutive blocks by Newman gave the Jets a 12-9 lead and two kills by Jones increased NU's lead to 17-12. At 20-14, an attack by Deterding appeared to have skimmed off of the hands of a Newman blocker but was ruled in favor of the Jets to increase LCU's deficit to seven. The margin was too much to overcome for the Lady Chaps, giving the win to Newman to knot the match at 2-2.
In the final game, Edwards struck first with a kill to gain the first point of the set and once more to give her team a 3-2 edge. Deterding got in on the action, throwing down two of her own to put LCU up 6-4 and forcing Newman to call a timeout. White took her cue from her teammates, stepping up and delivering successive kills for a 9-7 Lady Chap lead. Two attack errors by the Jets put LCU up 11-8, but Newman strung together a short rally to tie it all at 11-11. Edwards again came through with a kill to put LCU up 12-11 and did the same to make it 13-12. At attack error by Newman put the Lady Chaps on the brink of being victorious, and after an attack error by the Jets, Edwards finished the game off with a kill, sending LCU home with their third conference win.
The Lady Chaps are back at The Rip Griffin Center on September 26 facing UA-Fort Smith at 7 p.m. and playing host to Dallas Baptist on September 28 at noon.