LUBBOCK, Texas (September 26, 2013) – University of Arkansas-Fort Smith held onto its top spot in the Heartland Conference volleyball standings Thursday night after defeating Lubbock Christian University in four sets at the Rip Griffin Center, despite 18 kills by Kacey Deterding and 17 from Amy Edwards.
LCU (5-7, 3-2 Heartland) jumped out to a 6-3 lead in set one after a mishap by Lion Stephanie Brock and remained ahead at 12-11 after a kill by Deterding. The game was quickly tied at 14-14 after two attack errors by Tyler Webster, and the Lady Chaps trailed for the first time of the night at 15-14 on a rare bad set by Heartland Conference Setter of the Week Erin Fisher. An Abby White kill shortly thereafter put LCU to within one at 17-16, but three straight points by UAFS (6-5, 4-0) increased the deficit to four at 20-16. Trailing 21-17, Deterding threw down four kills within a short span to close the gap to 23-21, and Ariel Froeschl hammered one of her own to put the Lady Chaps to within one at 23-22. Deterding came through with an ace to tie things up, but a kill by Fort Smith's Jordan Pickett and an attack error by LCU handed the game to UAFS, 25-23.
Going into game two, the Lady Chaps found themselves down 4-1 before a kill by Edwards, an ace by Webster and two attack errors by the Lions put LCU out in front, 5-4. A kill by Froeschl contained the lead to one at 7-6, but three successive attack errors put the Lady Chaps down 9-7. Two more errors increased LCU's deficit to 19-14, but Edwards came through with three consecutive kills to contract the Lions' lead to 20-18 and forced UAFS to call a timeout. Kyleigh Lucia kept up the momentum with an ace, but Fort Smith's Michelle Walker found her stride down the stretch, putting away two kills and leading the Lions to a 25-22 win.
Attempting to avoid a three-set sweep, the Lady Chaps hurried out to a 6-2 advantage, capped off by a block by Deterding and Froeschl. Errors again allowed the Lions back into the game after three blunders by LCU to lessen the lead to one. Down 11-10, Edwards tallied three kills in a row and Webster contributed an ace for a 15-11 Lady Chap lead. The advantage quickly slipped away into a 16-16 tie and then a deficit at 19-18. Kills by White and Webster forced an UAFS timeout, and this time it was the Lions' turn for mistakes, as five back-to-back errors doomed them into a 25-19 loss to keep the Lady Chaps alive.
Webster got things going for LCU in the fourth set with two kills and a service ace to put her team up 4-3. The game held tight and with the score knotted at 12-12, the Lions began to slowly break away, advancing the score to 20-14 in their favor. The Lady Chaps were unable to catch up, dropping the set and the game at 25-20.
White added 11 kills for Lubbock Christian, while Fisher handed out 50 assists and Christa Daniel registered 14 digs.
For the Lions, Jordan Erz had 14 kills, Brock totaled 24 assists and Emily Tripp made 22 digs.
The Lady Chaps are at home again on Saturday at noon to face Dallas Baptist.