SAN ANTONIO, Texas (October 19, 2013) – Lubbock Christian could not equal the offensive demonstrations pieced together by St. Mary's on Saturday afternoon, losing in four sets to conclude a six-game winning stretch while totaling their lowest output in a four-game match this season.
St. Mary's pieced together runs of five, nine and eight in the second, third and fourth sets, respectively. Producing 75 points amongst the four games, the sixteen points accumulated by the Lady Chaps (11-8, 8-3) in sets two and three also tied a season low for points in one game. While allowing an opponent to hit over .300 for only the second time this season, LCU's .133 attack percentage was the lowest since September 14.
The barrage at the net from Edwards continued on from Thursday's contest, racking up three quick kills to begin the match, putting the Lady Chaps out in front, 5-2. The Rattlers (10-11, 6-5) came back to tie it up at 9-9 on a Lady Chap attack error, but an onslaught of kills by Kacey Deterding and a crafty kill by Erin Fisher ran up a 15-10 LCU lead. An ace by Edwards and kill by Ariel Froeschl increased the advantage to 17-10, but two more attack errors by the Lady Chaps lessened the gap to 18-15. LCU went ahead 24-19 but allowed the Rattlers to pull within 24-21 before Tyler Webster put the game away with a kill.
LCU got off to a brutal start in game two, falling behind 9-2 before two kills by Deterding and a Rattler error sliced St. Mary's lead to 10-6. Down 16-12, Ashlyn Broussard stepped in to provide some offensive production with an immediate kill and an ace. A kill by Froeschl got LCU to within a pair 18-16, but St. Mary's rattled off two more points to take a 20-16 lead. With Rattler Lauren Slaughter at the serving line, LCU committed five unforced errors to hand the win to St. Mary's, 25-16.
Set three was a closely contested battle at 8-7 when Edwards switched hands and threw down a left-handed kill to knot the score. The Lady Chaps pulled ahead 13-12 on a kill by Abby White, but at 14-14 the Rattlers reeled of nine straight points to take a commanding lead at 23-14, and went on to win again by a score of 25-16.
Trying to stay alive, the fourth set started off well for LCU with Christa Daniel delivering an ace and Edwards notching two kills for a 4-1 edge. Tied at 9-9, the Rattlers went to work, generating eight straight points that even an LCU timeout was unable to hinder. A Fisher ace pulled the Lady Chaps to within 21-17, but it was not enough to thwart the Rattlers from a 25-18 victory.
Edwards and Deterding each totaled 13 kills, and Froeschl recorded a career-high 10 in the loss. Fisher handed out a match-high 43 assists.
The Lady Chaps take a hiatus from the road and return home on October 24 for a match against Newman University at 7 p.m. and then hosting two games on October 26, playing Oklahoma Panhandle at noon and non-conference opponent Wiley College at 2:30 p.m.