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Volleyball - Wed, Oct. 30, 2013


LUBBOCK, Texas (October 30, 2013) – Second place Lubbock Christian (14-8, 10-3) will endure possibly its toughest Heartland Conference test of the season this week on the road, facing third place Dallas Baptist (11-13, 8-4) on Thursday at 7 p.m. and conference leader UA-Fort Smith (16-6, 12-0) on Saturday at noon.



Lubbock Christian made quick work of its last three opponents, defeating Newman University, Oklahoma Panhandle State and Wiley College in three sets each. Against the Jets on October 24, Kacey Deterding recorded 18 kills, Erin Fisher tossed out 40 assists and Tyler Webster added nine kills and 15 digs. On October 26 against OPSU, Deterding had 15 kills and Mallory Powell totaled 33 assists. Versus Wiley, Amy Edwards recorded 15 kills, Deterding notched 14, Powell tallied 38 assists and Christa Daniel served up five aces.



LCU's two matches this week feature the top three teams in the conference. UAFS holds the top spot with an unblemished conference record at 12-0. The Lady Chaps sit in second with a 10-3 mark while DBU maintains the third spot at 8-4. All three teams have been doing well in the past 10 matches, with the Lions and Lady Chaps going 9-1 and the Patriots winning seven of their last ten.



The Heartland Conference awarded Lubbock Christian volleyball players Mallory Powell and Kacey Deterding with weekly honors on Monday. Powell earned her first Setter of the Week award while Deterding collected her third Hitter of the Week accolade.

Making her first appearance since September 19, Powell stepped right in, handing out match-highs in assists in the wins against OPSU and Wiley College on October 26. The all-around play by the freshman setter from Aledo also contributed 19 digs, five kills and 3.5 blocks in the two matches.

Deterding totaled match-highs in kills versus Newman on October 24 and OPSU, hitting very efficiently in the Lady Chaps' three wins at a .357 clip, accumulating only two errors in 26 attempts against OPSU. The junior outside hitter from Lubbock also recorded 18 digs and three total blocks for LCU.



The two weekly conference awards mark the eighth and ninth time a Lady Chap has been recognized as a Volleyball Player of the Week in 2013. Erin Fisher's four Setter of the Week awards, Kacey Deterding's three Hitter of the Week honors join Amy Edwards' one-time honor in the same category, and Powell joins as a first-time recipient. The Lady Chaps lead the league in awards won, with St. Mary's a distant second with four honors. 



LCU stands first in the Heartland Conference with 13.52 kills per set. Kacey Deterding continues lead all hitters at 4.16 kills per game and MB Amy Edwards sits in fourth place with 3.00 per game. Edwards sits second in the ranks for hitting percentage at .295 while the Lady Chaps are ranked third in the league at .189. Much of the hitting success can be attributed to setter Erin Fisher, who is first in the conference at assists per game, distributing 11.55 per set, three more than the next closest competitor.  



While the Lady Chaps have had much success at the net, the team has also accumulated 450 attack errors so far this season, nearly 100 more than the opponents. While errors are expected, consecutive lapses from LCU at the net have led to large runs from their contenders and pulled the momentum away from the Lady Chaps.



Kacey Deterding's 23 kills, 11 digs and two blocks propelled Lubbock Christian University to a four-set win over the Patriots on September 28 at home. The Lady Chaps were a force at the net, tallying then-season-highs with 63 kills and 11 team blocks, compared to 49 kills and six blocks by the Patriots. Tyler Webster totaled 15 kills, 17 digs and two blocks while Abby White contributed 13 kills and a pair of blocks.

After losing seven straight matches earlier in the season, the Patriots have won seven of their last ten.



The Lions defeated LCU in four sets back on September 26 at the Rip Griffin Center. Deterding registered 18 kills, Amy Edwards tallied 17 and White added 11 for the Lady Chaps. Erin Fisher handed out 50 assists and Christa Daniel had 14 digs.

The Lions are on a nine-game win streak.