LUBBOCK, Texas (November 5, 2013) – An error-riddled night for Lubbock Christian proved costly as the Lady Chaps dropped a five-set match to Eastern New Mexico while committing a season-high 43 attack errors Tuesday at the Rip Griffin Center, giving the Zias their sixth win of the year.
In the two Lady Chap set wins, the team's attack percentage was over 30 percent but in the three losses the average was under 10 percent. The 43 errors were nine higher than the previous high of 34 against UT-Permian Basin on October 3. LCU also allowed 18 non-conference foe ENMU to compile 18 blocks, the most by an opponent this season. The last win ENMU (6-16, 3-9 Lone Star) recorded against LCU dates back to October 4, 2005, in another five-set contest.
The Lady Chaps began right where they left off back on October 1 in Portales, N.M., where they disposed of the Zias in three sets. After breaking a 4-4 tie, LCU went on an 11-1 run to jump ahead 14-5 in set one. A kill by Tyler Webster extended the lead to double digits at 18-8 and the Lady Chaps cruised to a 25-17 win.
ENMU took control in set two, pulling out in front 17-9, aided in part by six LCU attack errors, before the Lady Chaps made their move. LCU took the lead on a kill by Deterding at 22-21 and added another point on an ace by Fisher to lead 23-21. A kill by ENMU's Hayley Couch and two LCU attack errors gave the lead back to the Zias at 24-23. The two teams tied the game at 24-24, 25-25, 26-26 and 27-27 before ENMU went up 28-27 on a kill by Kaitlyn Maddams. On the next play, Amy Edwards came through with a hit that was off of a Zia blocker, but the attack was stunningly ruled out of bounds in favor of ENMU, handing the Zias a 29-27 set victory.
The Lady Chaps broke a 5-5 tie in set three on back-to-back kills by Kelsea Eskew and Deterding, and a Webster kill gave LCU a three-point cushion at 10-7. The Zias fought back, and a block by ENMU's Agatha Gibbons tied the game up at 20-20, but LCU managed to string together five straight points, including a heady play by defensive specialist Kyleigh Lucia for her third kill of the season and two Deterding kills for a 25-20 LCU win.
LCU seemed to have things figured out by the fourth set, jumping ahead 4-0 on kills by White and Webster. Ahead 6-3, the Lady Chaps committed four successive attack errors to fall behind 7-6 and continued to stumble throughout the set, managing just seven more points, losing the set on a 23-7 Zia run by a score of 25-13, forcing a fifth set.
Three attack errors by LCU early on in set five put ENMU out in front 4-1 before the Lady Chaps fought back to trail at 4-3 on a kill by White. Another White kill and bad set on the Zias pushed the score to 8-7 in favor of ENMU, and consecutive kills by Fisher and Edwards tied the game at 9-9. Deterding gave LCU its first lead of the set at 10-9 on a kill, but the Zias threw down two kills to take a one-point lead at 11-10. Webster then put LCU ahead 12-11, but a kill by ENMU and three final Lady Chap attack errors gave the Zias a 15-12 victory.
The Lady Chaps get back into conference action on Thursday at 7 p.m. for a match versus UT-Permian Basin.