ABILENE, Texas (October 10, 2013) – Four Lady Chaps registered double-digit kills in a five set win against McMurry University Thursday night at Kimbrell Arena, with Kacey Deterding leading the charge with a match-high 19 for Lubbock Christian.
Tyler Webster tallied 14 kills for LCU, Amy Edwards added 13, and Abby White contributed 11 in the seesaw battle. Erin Fisher handed out 54 assists and Christa Daniel registered 17 digs.
The Lady Chaps (9-7, 6-2 Heartland) came out cruising in set one, scoring two quick points on kills by White and Webster, and a pair from Deterding shortly thereafter blew open the game 11-3. The War Hawks steadily clawed their way back into the contest, closing the gap to 19-14 on a kill by Peyton Evans. McMurry slid one point closer at 21-18, but a kill by Deterding, a block by White and Ariel Froeschl and a War Hawk attack error put the Lady Chaps at game point, 24-18. Once again, McMurry made a run after two LCU attack errors and a War Hawk ace to make it 24-21. Fisher finally finished the game off for the Lady Chaps by throwing over a set to win 25-21.
McMurry (7-11, 4-4 Heartland) turned it on early in the second set, coasting to an 8-3 lead, until kills by Froeschl and Deterding brought LCU to within 9-5. Another Deterding kill got the Lady Chaps to within a pair at 14-12, and consecutive kills by Edwards and White tied the game at 14-14. Coach Jennifer Lawrence called a timeout with the Lady Chaps trailing 21-17, but the team was not able to rally, instead committing two errors to give the War Hawks a 23-17 lead. A bad set by Fisher preceded a game-winning kill by Evans to tie the match at 1-1.
Following a 5-5 tie in game three, LCU took advantage defensively, putting together three blocks and forcing McMurry into a string of errors to take a 12-6 lead. An ace by Ashlyn Broussard extended the Lady Chap lead to 17-8, and a White kill put LCU in front 20-10. Once again, the Lady Chaps seemed to be on the brink of wrapping up the game while ahead 24-16, but errors by LCU gave McMurry hope before LCU finally ended the set at 25-19.
Trailing 8-6 in the fourth set, Edwards and Deterding put together two kills to knot the score at 8-8 before the War Hawks strung together a 6-2 run to jump ahead 14-10. Down 15-12, kills by White, Webster and two from Edwards tied things up at 17-17. The War Hawks then scored six unanswered points to pull ahead 24-17 and went on to win 25-18 to force a decisive fifth set.
White got things going in the final set, throwing down an attack for the first point, but McMurry responded with a kill and an ace. Webster tied the game at 3-3 with a kill, and Edwards and Kelsea Eskew each contributed to put LCU up 6-4. Another kill by Eskew put the Lady Chaps in front 8-6, but two War Hawk kills again tied the game at 8-8. A kill by McMurry's Catherine Heath gave the two-point advantage to the War Hawks at 11-9. An ace by Lucia tied it up at 11-11 and Webster gave LCU the lead at 13-12. Kasi Conners of McMurry added a kill for a 13-13 game, and a kill by Edwards put the Lady Chaps at match point, 14-13. The War Hawks called a timeout, hoping to ice Broussard on her serve, but the ball made its way over and was hit back into the net by McMurry, giving LCU the win.
Winners in six of their last seven matches, the Lady Chaps make their way to Austin on Saturday to take on St. Edward's at noon.