AUSTIN, Texas – (October 12, 2013) Big and timely plays from Lubbock Christian freshmen Ariel Froeschl and Ashlyn Broussard helped the Lady Chaps defeat St. Edward's in four sets Saturday afternoon. Kacey Deterding and Amy Edwards continued their reliable, steady play leading LCU with 20 and 16 kills, respectively.
Lubbock Christian (10-7, 7-2) registered 61 kills on the day compared to St. Edward's 40 while accumulating 10 blocks to five from the Hilltoppers. The win raises the Lady Chaps' to five, the second longest streak since the 2011-12 season in which LCU strung together 11 straight.
The Hilltoppers (6-11, 4-5) started strong, building an early 4-1 lead in set one until Edwards threw down a kill and Tyler Webster contributed an ace. SEU held a slight lead throughout the game and seemed to have it all but wrapped up at 24-20, but the Lady Chaps pieced together a three-point rally to force the Hilltoppers to call a timeout with the score at 24-23 after an ace by Christa Daniel. The strategy worked for SEU as a Hannah Rauch kill concluded the set, 25-23. Coming into the match, LCU had a 1-6 record in matches when losing the first set.
Knowing it was their turn to top the hill, LCU struck back in set two, scoring the first three points and producing a 9-4 lead after a pair of kills by Deterding and Erin Fisher. But the Lady Chaps saw the lead whittle away to 14-13 after a blocked attack on Webster. Broussard subbed in and later delivered a crucial kill for a 21-19 LCU lead. After a Hilltopper kill, Edwards slammed down one of her own and teamed up with Deterding on the next play to produce a block for a 23-20 advantage. Setter Fisher showed off her defense as well by shutting down an SEU attack to reach game point, and Broussard came through with an ace to seal the game for LCU.
After consecutive attack errors, the Lady Chaps found themselves down early in the third set, 6-3. Two kills by Edwards started a 5-0 run and gave LCU an 8-6 lead. A kill by Froeschl preserved the two-point advantage at 9-7 and two kills by Deterding and another by Broussard pushed the lead to 12-8. A block by Abby White and Froeschl led to an SEU timeout with the Lady Chaps leading 13-8. A trio a kills by Froeschl, Edwards and Fisher put LCU up 17-12 before the lead grew to 24-14. The Hilltoppers pieced together three more points, but Fisher threw over a set to surprise the defense for a set three victory.
The fourth set was a game of runs and rallies, with SEU striking first, capping a 10-2 run with back-to-back aces. A kill by Edwards and block by Froeschl and Deterding ended the spurt, as the Lady Chaps steadily inched back into the game at 17-15 on a pair of kills by Edwards. Another ace by Daniel closed the gap to one at 18-17 and a huge solo block by Froeschl gave LCU the lead at 20-19. Froeschl teamed up with Deterding to stop another Hilltopper attack to increase LCU's lead to 23-19, and White provided a kill for the final point of the 7-0 Lady Chap run. Deterding then supplied her 20th kill in the match to send the Lady Chaps home a winner in four sets.
Another long trip awaits LCU next week as they take on Texas A&M International in Laredo on October 17 at 7 p.m. and then St. Mary's in San Antonio on October 19 at noon.