LUBBOCK, Texas (September 28, 2013) – Kacey Deterding's 23 kills, 11 digs and two blocks propelled Lubbock Christian University to a four-set win over Dallas Baptist University on Saturday afternoon at the Rip Griffin Center.
The Lady Chaps (6-7, 4-2 Heartland) were a force at the net, tallying season-highs with 63 kills and 11 team blocks, compared to 49 kills and six blocks by the Patriots (4-10, 2-3). Tyler Webster totaled 15 kills, 17 digs and two blocks while Abby White contributed 13 kills and a pair of blocks.
Kills by Amy Edwards and Webster along with an ace by Kyleigh Lucia put the Lady Chaps up 3-1 early in the first set, and a pair of kills by Deterding extended the lead to 6-3. A 7-2 run midway through the game, comprised of kills by Deterding and Webster and two Deterding aces, extended LCU's lead to 19-11. A kill by DBU's Tiara Iwegbu closed the gap to 23-17, but Deterding finished off the game with another kill for a 25-17 win.
The first Lady Chap point in the second set came by way of a White kill and Erin Fisher added another to decrease DBU's lead to 3-2. A kill by Deterding, ace by Fisher and bad set by the Patriots gave LCU its first lead of the game at 8-7. A 4-0 run by the Lady Chaps produced a 15-10 lead, but a string of errors by LCU allowed the Patriots to tie the game at 17-17. The Lady Chaps seemed in control to take the game with a 24-20 lead, but DBU rallied back to tied things up at 24-24. Edwards and Deterding combined for the final points of the game to earn the win for LCU, 26-24.
The Lady Chaps found themselves down 5-1 in the third set, and kills by DBU's Erika Papadeas grew the lead to 10-4 before two of her four service aces on the day put the Patriots up 16-10. Two kills by White gave LCU hope, down 23-18, but Iwegbu's kill closed the game out at 25-19.
Set four mirrored the beginning of the previous game with the Lady Chaps falling into a 5-1 hole until Webster came through with a kill to end the run by the Patriots. LCU snuck back into the game, tying the score at 8-8 on a kill by Deterding, and a kill and ace by Edwards put the Lady Chaps up 11-8. Iwegbu tied things up at 15-15 with a kill, but Webster and Deterding answered, giving LCU a two-point edge. Another ace by Edwards forced a timeout by DBU at 20-16, but after three Patriot points and a 23-19 LCU lead, Coach Jennifer Lawrence called her team over for a breather. Webster then put down a kill to put the Lady Chaps at match point, but an LCU service error and a kill by Iwegbu forced another LCU timeout at 24-21. Webster again responded with a kill to conclude the match at 25-21.
For LCU, Edwards totaled eight kills and five blocks, Ariel Froeschl recorded a game-high six blocks and Fisher accounted for 56 assists.
Iwegbu led the Patriots with 18 kills, Tyler Bradsher had 23 assists and Cameron Hartson recorded 28 digs.
The Lady Chaps travel to Portales, N.M., on Tuesday to play non-conference opponent Eastern New Mexico at 7 p.m. CST.