FORT SMITH, Ark. (November 2, 2013) – The undefeated conference record of UA-Fort Smith was kept intact on Saturday afternoon, as the Lions defeated Lubbock Christian in four sets at the Stubblefield Center. Kacey Deterding registered a team-high 16 kills, followed by Amy Edwards with 12 and 11 from Ashlyn Broussard.
The Lions (18-6, 14-0) started furiously, forcing two LCU (14-10, 10-5) attack errors and sending an ace the Lady Chaps' way. Another ace increased the lead to 6-2 and grew to 16-7 before LCU responded with four straight kills, two from Edwards and one apiece from Broussard and Erin Fisher. A kill by Deterding got LCU to within 18-13, but the Lions reeled off four straight points to take control at 23-13. Another Deterding kill, a Lion attack error and an ace by Fisher brought the Lady Chaps to within 23-16, but UAFS went on to take set one by a score of 25-17.
In set two, the Lady Chaps quickly found themselves down again, trailing 4-0. Three Lion attack errors closed the gap to 5-4 before each team went on mini-runs of 3-0 to make it an 8-7 game in favor of UAFS. A kill by Deterding and a Lion attack error tied the game at 11-11, but UAFS snuck out to lead 18-14. Kills by Broussard and Edwards closed the gap to 18-16 but an ace by Shakendra Mumphrey shortly after put UAFS ahead 22-17. A Lion kill and ace moved the score to 24-18, and the home team was able to attain one final point to win 25-20.
LCU struggled early in set three before tying things up at 4-4. Down 9-7, four consecutive attack errors on the Lady Chaps forced Coach Jennifer Lawrence to call a timeout. Her team responded with an 8-3 run to take the lead at 16-15. The Lions retook the lead at 18-17 and pulled away for a 24-21 advantage, seemingly to end the match. The Lady Chaps came back from the brink with kills by Edwards and Fisher to force a UAFS timeout at 24-23. Kyleigh Lucia then served up an ace and the Lady Chaps took a 25-24 lead on a Lion attack error. UAFS then pieced together two kills to retake the lead at 26-25 and then again at 27-26. Fisher tied the game at 27-27 with a kill and Deterding gave LCU a 28-27 edge with a kill. An attack error by the Lions gave LCU a 29-27 win to force a fourth set.
Tied at 2-2 in the fourth, UAFS went on a massive run, scoring eight straight points to race ahead 10-2. The Lady Chaps crept to within 17-11 after kills by Deterding, Ariel Froeschl and Abby White, but the Lions stretched it to 19-11 on a kill and LCU attack error. Broussard, White and Edwards delivered kills to shrink the lead to 19-14, but the Lions closed the match with five kills for a 25-17 victory.
Fisher handed out 45 assists in the loss, Deterding contributed a career-high 19 digs and Broussard helped out with 11.
For UAFS, Michelle Walker tallied a match-high 21 kills with Jordan Erz totaling 18 and Maja Krstonosic distributing 53 assists.
The Lady Chaps host non-conference opponent Eastern New Mexico on November 5 at 7 p.m. and then travel to UT-Permian Basin on November 7 for a 7 p.m. match.