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Volleyball - Wed, Oct. 16, 2013


LUBBOCK, Texas (October 16, 2013) – Lubbock Christian hopes to continue its five-match win streak this week as they travel to face Texas A&M International and St. Mary's.



Lubbock Christian won both of matches last week, squeaking by McMurry in five sets on October 10 and defeating St. Edward's in four on October 12. In the win against the War Hawks, Kacey Deterding posted 18 kills, Tyler Webster tallied 14, 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. Versus the Hilltoppers, big and timely plays from freshmen Ariel Froeschl  and Ashlyn Broussard were instrumental in the win. Kacey Deterding and Amy Edwards continued their reliable, steady play leading LCU with 20 and 16 kills, respectively.



For the third straight week, Lubbock Christian's Erin Fisher was been named Heartland Conference Setter of the Week. Fisher continued her reliable play last week, leading the Lady Chaps to two victories. Against McMurry she handed out a match-high 54 assists and compiled 13 digs. Versus the Hilltoppers, her 47 assists were again a match-high to go along with 13 more digs and a career-high five kills, mostly coming off of heads up plays by surprising the defense. Fisher's crucial plays, including a solo block at game point in set two and game-winning kill in set three provided much-needed momentum to overcome the Hilltoppers. The junior from Monahans leads the conference with 512 assists at an average of 11.13 a set. Fisher earned the same award on September 23 and 30.



Fisher's third award marks the fifth time a Lady Chap has been recognized as a Volleyball Player of the Week in 2013. Her three Setter of the Week awards, alongside Kacey Deterding's two Hitter of the Week accolades, gives Lubbock Christian five awards this season, the most from one team in the Heartland.



The win against St. Edward's increased the Lady Chap season win streak to five matches, the longest of the season. LCU has been the victor in seven of the last eight contests, with the one loss dating back to September 26 against UA-Fort Smith. This current string of wins is the longest for LCU since the 2011-12 season in which the Lady Chaps won 11 in a row.



The Lady Chaps have been defensive at the net as of late, compiling 56 stops within their five-match win streak, at average of 11.2 per match, up from an average of 4.75 during the first 12 matches of the season. Freshman MB Ariel Froeschl has certainly made her presence known in the front row, accumulating a team-high 50 blocks on the season with a her career-high nine against UT-Permian Basin on October 3. Sophomore MB Amy Edwards has tallied 48 stops on the year, notching a season-high of five blocks on four occasions.



Kacey Deterding continues to lead the Heartland Conference at 4.11 kills per set and sophomore MB Amy Edwards sits in ninth place with 2.75 per game. As a team, LCU ranks second overall at 13.10 kills per set, second to Newman's 13.12. Edwards sits fifth in the ranks for hitting percentage, at .265 while the Lady Chaps are ranked fourth in the league at .178.  



The Dustdevils and Lady Chaps met back on September 11, the first Heartland Conference matchup for both teams. LCU won in three sets, 25-22, 25-23 and 25-20. Kacey Deterding recorded 16 kills, TAMIU's Lizzie Prieto had 31 assists and Desiree Ortiz contributed 16 digs. The Dustdevils' two wins have come against Texas A&M-Kingsville and Oklahoma Panhandle State.



The Rattlers took care of the Lady Chaps on September 12, winning in three sets by scores of 25-23, 25-21 and 31-29. St. Mary's Kelsey Huber totaled 17 kills and Victorria Martinez had 30 digs, while Erin Fisher recorded 30 assists. The Rattlers went 0-4 to begin the year hosting the St. Mary's/Hilltopper Classic before earning their first win against LCU.