LUBBOCK, Texas (November 16, 2013) – Amy Edwards recorded a career-high 21 kills and Kacey Deterding contributed 18 in a four-set win against McMurry Saturday afternoon at The Rip Griffin Center. The victory wraps up the season for the Lady Chaps and cements their second-place finish in the Heartland Conference.
Because LCU (17-12, 13-5) is currently a provisional member within the NCAA, the Lady Chaps are not eligible to compete in post-season play, despite their impressive finish during their first year in the new league.
It took a bit for the Lady Chaps to get going, falling behind 11-4 in set one. LCU put together a 6-0 run, helped out by four War Hawk attack errors, a solo block by Erin Fisher and a kill by Tyler Webster. A pair of kills by Edwards and another McMurry attack error knotted the game at 16-16. War Hawk Peyton Evans delivered consecutive service aces for a 20-18 lead until a kill by Ashlyn Broussard and a McMurry attack error tied the game at 21-21. The Lady Chaps fell behind at 22-21, 23-22 and 24-23 until kills by Edwards and Deterding gave LCU its first lead of the set at 25-24. On the next play, an attack error by the War Hawks (14-15, 10-8) gave the Lady Chaps the 26-24 set win.
Ariel Froeschl started set two off with a kill, but three successive LCU errors put the War Hawks on top, 3-1. A kill by Edwards, ace by Broussard and kill by Deterding gave the lead back to the Lady Chaps at 4-3. McMurry's Catherine Heath tied the set at 8-8 on a kill before kills by Edwards and Deterding along with a War Hawk attack error gave the Lady Chaps a 13-9 edge. A Deterding kill extended LCU's lead to 17-11, but McMurry crept back into the game at 18-14 on a bad set by Fisher. The Lady Chaps were able to hold onto the lead and win the set 25-19, punctuated by an Edwards' kill.
Four LCU attack errors put McMurry in control early on in the third set with a 6-1 lead. Trailing 8-3, the Lady Chaps strung together four points to close the gap to 8-7, but the War Hawks responded with three points to break open a 12-8 advantage. Down 21-17, Edwards and Deterding each registered two kills to tie the game at 21-all. The Lady Chaps held a one-point advantage at 23-22, 24-23 and 25-24, but McMurry delivered a block and a kill to switch the lead to their side at 26-25. Kelsea Eskew tied the set at 26-26 on a kill and Edwards did the same to make it a 27-27 game. A costly service error by Froeschl and a timely kill by McMurry's Kayla Hines ended the set at 29-27 to force a fourth game.
LCU fell behind 7-3 in set four, but Edwards and Froeschl blocked a War Hawk attack and Broussard racked up a kill to pull the Lady Chaps to within 8-6. Another kill by Broussard along with two aces, coupled with kills by Edwards and Deterding and a McMurry error pushed LCU out in front, 12-9. The War Hawks pulled ahead 14-13 on a Kasi Conners kill and again at 15-14. The LCU hitters came alive with Broussard logging two kills, while Eskew, Froeschl and Webster each supplied one for a 20-15 Lady Chap advantage. Two more kills by Webster and Edwards increased the lead to 22-16 and another contribution from Webster grew the lead to 23-17. Coach Jennifer Lawrence called a timeout when the War Hawks scored three straight and an unsuspecting Fisher followed through with the final point of the 2013 season.
Eskew produced a career-high seven kills in the victory, Fisher dished out a game-high 62 assists and Deterding handled a team-high 17 digs.