LUBBOCK, Texas (September 26, 2013) – Lubbock Christian (5-6, 3-1 Heartland) plays host to conference opponents Univ. of Arkansas-Fort Smith (5-5, 3-0) Thursday night at 7 p.m. and Dallas Baptist (4-8, 2-1) at noon on Saturday, with both matches at the Rip Griffin Center.
Lubbock Christian traveled northward for its first conference trip of 2013 on September 19 and 21 after five consecutive home matches. The Lady Chaps defeated Oklahoma Panhandle in three quick sets and wore out Newman University in five. Against NU, Lubbock Christian won the first two sets before the Jets stormed back to take the next two, forcing a fifth game. The Lady Chaps eked out a 15-13 victory behind 15 kills by Kacey Deterding and a dozen each from Abby White and Amy Edwards.
FISHER EARNS WEEKLY HONORS
The Heartland Conference announced its volleyball players of the week on Monday, with Lubbock Christian's Erin Fisher garnering Setter of the Week honors. The junior from Monahans, Texas, led the Lady Chaps to a 2-0 record during the weekend. Fisher led the team in assists, even while splitting time in the match against OPSU on September 19. Versus NU on September 21, her 46 assists were a season-high. In addition to her 68 assists throughout the two matches, she also tallied 11 digs and three blocks. Fisher sits atop the conference standings with an average of 10 assists per game. This is the first Heartland Conference Volleyball Player of the Week honor given to an LCU student athlete.
Junior OH Kacey Deterding leads the Heartland Conference at 3.69 kills per set, sophomore MB Amy Edwards sits in eighth place with 2.63 per game and junior OH Abby White averages 2.42 while holding on to the tenth spot. As a team, LCU ranks fourth overall at 12.26 kills per set. Edwards and White sit second and third, respectively, in the ranks for hitting percentage, at .252 and .248. The Lady Chaps are ranked sixth in the league at .196.
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 34-70 against non-conference opponents, equating to a .486 winning percentage. No teams sit above the .500 mark, with UA-Fort Smith notching the best record 5-5 and LCU sitting at 5-6. Only UAFS (3-0) and McMurry (2-0) have yet to lose in conference play.
SCHEDULE SLOW DOWN
Three 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, including 10 home contests and eight road games.
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 eleven contests, as the Lady Chaps have combined for 251 attack errors compared to 205 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.
Early into the season, the Lions have an unblemished 3-0 conference record and sit first in the conference standings with an overall record of 5-5. They lead the Heartland Conference in hitting percentage at .183 and are second in opponent hitting percentage at .163. OH Michelle Walker earned Conference Hitter of the week on Sept. 9 for UAFS.
ABOUT DALLAS BAPTIST
The Patriots are in the midst of a five-game losing streak, with the last four losses occurring during the UAFS-Mary Beth Sudduth Invitational. DBU leads the Heartland in digs per game at 19.85 and is last in service aces per game at .62. Cameron Hartson was named Libero of the Week on Sept. 9 and Tiara Iwegbu earned Hitter of the Week honors on Sept.16.