Score: Lubbock Christian 3, Dallas Baptist 0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-17)
Records: Lubbock Christian (16-10, 9-3), Dallas Baptist (7-19, 4-8)
Location: Rip Griffin Center – Lubbock, Texas
Lubbock Christian University was finally back in Rip Griffin Center to take on Dallas Baptist University in their first home contest since Oct. 13. The Lady Chaps did not disappoint, as they finished off the Patriots in straight-set fashion. Coming off of her fourth conference Setter of the Week award, Mallory Powell led the Lady Chaps with 43 assists and 14 digs for the double-double. With this victory, LCU is now 16-10 on the season and 9-3 in conference play.
How It Happened
After Lubbock Christian's Christiana Tavo batted down her first kill of the evening, the Patriots went on a four-point tear to take an early 4-1 lead. The Lady Chaps turned on the heat and answered with a scorching 12-2 run to regain the lead at 13-6. Despite a late DBU run that cut the LCU lead to 16-12, the gap proved to be too much. Emily Hanaway had five kills in the set including the final point that gave LCU a 25-18 set one victory.
DBU scored three straight points at the top of the second set, before a kill by LCU's Lauren Zoller cut DBU's lead to 3-1. It was not until a kill by Tavo that Lubbock Christian took their first lead of the set. DBU immediately answered with back-to-back points to retake the lead at 10-9. A 5-2 streak let the Lady Chaps jump back on top 14-12. The Patriots would not give up and scored three consecutive points to take a 15-14 advantage. LCU finally got in a rhythm and scored the final eight points to finish the set 25-19.
Lubbock Christian put their foot on the gas pedal and jumped to an early 8-3 lead to open the final set. DBU went on a 9-5 scoring advantage midway through the set and cut the LCU lead to 19-16, but LCU responded from a timeout and scored six of the last seven points of the match to win the third set 25-17.
Inside the Numbers:
7 – The Lady Chaps have won seven conference matches by way of straight set sweeps.
43 – After being named Setter of the Week for the fourth time this season, Mallory Powell tacked on 43 assists for the evening. This was her largest assist performance in a three set match this season. Powell also posted her 14th double-double performance of the year. She had 43 assists and 14 digs for the evening. Mallory now has 845 total assists and leads the Heartland Conference in the category.
12 – Lauren Zoller collected 12 kills and two aces on the night. She was one dig shy of a double-double for the game.
27 – Kelsie French had 27 of LCU's 75 digs. This marks French's 11th game in which she recorded 20 or more digs.
8 – Lubbock Christian is now 8-1 at home. This is a huge advantage for the Lady Chaps because their last two matches of the season are both at Rip Griffin Center.
The Lady Chaps will remain at the Rip Griffin Center for a Heartland Conference battle against St. Edwards University on Saturday Nov. 5 at noon. LCU will honor Christiana Tavo and Ariel Froeschl as part of Senior Day Saturday.