LUBBOCK, Texas (November 14, 2013) – Three Lady Chaps registered double-digit kills in a four-set victory over St. Edward's Thursday night at the Rip Griffin Center. Kacey Deterding tallied a match-high 18 kills, Tyler Webster totaled 16 and Amy Edwards added 10 for LCU.
The win for LCU breaks a two-way tie for second place between the Lady Chaps (16-12, 12-6) and Hilltoppers (13-15, 11-6) in the Heartland Conference. LCU also defeated SEU in four sets back on October 12 in Austin, Texas. On the evening, Lubbock Christian logged 22 more kills and 19 more digs than St. Edward's while SEU won the defensive battle at the net with 11 blocks compared to three by the Lady Chaps.
A pair of kills by Webster and another by Deterding put LCU up 4-1 to begin the match, and Deterding's second kill put the Lady Chaps in front 7-4 to force a timeout by SEU. The Hilltoppers responded and a Mary Koehler kill tied the game at 10-10. Ashlyn Broussard and Webster came through with kills while a block by Edwards and Webster pushed the Lady Chaps in front, 13-10. The teams traded points back-and-forth until kills by Deterding and Broussard gave LCU a slight edge at 19-17. Webster put the Lady Chaps up 22-20 but then committed a service error to cut the lead to 22-21. A kill by Edwards and two SEU attack errors gave LCU a 25-21 win.
The second set was also closely contested, equipped with 10 ties and six lead changes. LCU held an 18-16 lead before three Lady Chap errors put SEU up 19-18. Coach Jennifer Lawrence called a timeout, but it did not work in favor of the home team as SEU's Ashely Rappaport delivered two aces, LCU committed an attack error and Koehler recorded a kill for a 23-18 Hilltopper advantage. LCU handed the set over to SEU, 25-21, finalized by a Lady Chap service error.
A 6-1 run by the Hilltoppers in the third set gave SEU a 9-8 lead after trailing 7-3 early on. LCU answered with a rally of their own to take control at 18-12, and a Webster kill pushed the score to 20-14. Two attack errors on the Lady Chaps closed the gap to 20-16 before kills by Edwards and Erin Fisher put LCU ahead 22-17. Broussard threw down the final point of the set for a 25-20 Lady Chap victory.
Kills by Fisher, Deterding and Kelsea Eskew presented LCU with a quick 3-0 lead to start the fourth set. The Hilltoppers threw together a 6-1 run to take the lead at 7-6 on a kill by Amy Jones before consecutive kills by Webster and Edwards passed the lead to LCU at 8-7. The Lady Chaps fell behind 12-10 on two attack errors until a kill by Edwards put LCU up 13-12. A kill by SEU's Elissa Stanton gave the Hilltoppers a 16-14 edge but the Lady Chaps were able to even the score at 16-16 on a kill by Eskew. The tightly contested set saw ties throughout the next seven points until an SEU attack error put LCU up 24-23. A Hilltopper timeout was called, but it was not enough to thwart a game and match-ending kill by Deterding to give the Lady Chaps a four-set victory.
LCU plays its final contest of 2013 at home on Saturday at noon against McMurry. Because Lubbock Christian is in a transitional year for the NCAA, the team is not eligible to participate in post season play.