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Volleyball - Thu, Oct. 10, 2013

GAME NOTES

LUBBOCK, Texas (October 10, 2013) – The Lady Chaps (8-7, 5-2 Heartland) make their way to Abilene and Austin this week to face fellow Heartland Conference members McMurry (6-10, 4-3) and St. Edward's (5-10, 3-4).

 

LAST WEEK

Lubbock Christian won both of matches last week, defeating non-conference opponent Eastern New Mexico in three sets on October 1 and squeezing by UT-Permian Basin in five on October 3. In the win against the Zias, Kacey Deterding posted 18 kills, 14 digs and four blocks while Erin Fisher registered 43 assists and four blocks. Versus UTPB, Deterding tallied 20 kills, 17 digs and five blocks, Abby White had a career-high 19 kills, Fisher handed out 52 assists, and Christa Daniel contributed 29 digs.

 

DETERDING AGAIN NAMED HEARTLAND HITTER OF THE WEEK

The Heartland Conference announced Kacey Deterding as the Volleyball Hitter of the Week on Monday. This is the second consecutive honor for the junior outside hitter from Lubbock. Deterding put together another strong pair of games to lead LCU to a 2-0 week. Against Eastern New Mexico on October 1, she tallied a match-high 18 kills, 14 digs and four blocks in three sets. Versus UTPB on October 3, she posted 20 kills while hitting .357, registered a career-high 17 digs and tied a career-high in blocks with five.

 

HEARTLAND HONORS

Deterding's second award marks the fourth time a Lady Chap has been recognized as a Volleyball Player of the Week in 2013. Her two Hitter of the Week awards, alongside Erin Fisher's two Setter of the Week accolades, give Lubbock Christian four awards this season, tied with St. Mary's for the most in the conference.

 

WINNING WAYS

The win against UT-Permian Basin on October 3 allowed the Lady Chaps to finally reach over the .500 mark at 8-7 and also extend their winning streak to three games - the longest of the season. LCU has won five of the last six matches after beginning the 2013 season 0-3. A win against McMurry on October 10 would tie last season's longest win streak of four.

 

HITTING THE ROAD

The Lady Chaps are making their way around the state of Texas, traveling to Abilene, Austin, Laredo and San Antonio during these next two weeks for conference matchups versus McMurry, St. Edward's, Texas A&M International and St. Mary's. In 2013, LCU has not yet competed against McMurry and St. Edwards, and the Lady Chaps routed TAMIU early on in the season and were defeated by St. Mary's.

 

KILLING IT

Kacey Deterding continues to lead the Heartland Conference at 4.08 kills per set and sophomore MB Amy Edwards sits in tenth place with 2.67 per game. As a team, LCU ranks second overall at 12.96 kills per set. White and Edwards sit fifth and sixth, respectively, in the ranks for hitting percentage, at .258 and .253. The Lady Chaps are ranked third in the league at .174.  

 

HEARTLAND CONFERENCE WOES

It has not been an easy season for Heartland Conference teams competing against teams outside of the league. Collectively, the 10 squads have compiled a record of 24-61 against non-conference opponents, equating to a .393 winning percentage. Only LCU and UA-Fort Smith sit above the .500 mark, with UAFS boasting an unblemished 5-0 conference record.

 

ABOUT MCMURRY

Despite an overall record of 6-10, the War Hawks sit tied for fourth in the conference with a 4-3 record. McMurry got off to a rough start at the beginning of the season, stumbling 0-4 at the Midwestern State Invitational and 1-3 at the New Mexico Highland Invitational. LCU holds a commanding 45-1 all-time record over the War Hawks, but the two have never faced each other as Heartland Conference members.

 

ABOUT ST. EDWARD'S

The Hilltoppers also had a difficult time early on in the 2013 season, going a combined 2-6 at the Hilltopper/Rattler Classic and Bhakta Invitational. SEU's most recent contests have been losses versus Dallas Baptist and UA-Fort Smith. This will be the eighth meeting between LCU and SEU, with the Hilltoppers clinging to a 4-3 advantage.