Score: Lubbock Christian 3, St. Edward’s 0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-14)
Records: Lubbock Christian (17-10, 10-3), St. Edward’s (10-17, 8-5)
Location: Rip Griffin Center – Lubbock, Texas
The Lady Chaparrals of Lubbock Christian University continued their hot-streak by winning their fourth match in a row in three straight sets. In addition to clinching the No.2-seed for the Heartland Conference Tournament, It was a special day for the Lady Chaps as Ariel Froeschl and Christiana Tavo were honored for Senior Day following the match. Emily Hanaway led the way for LCU with a double-double on 12 kills and 14 digs. Lubbock Christian is now 17-10 overall and 10-3 in conference play. The Lady Chaps are also 9-1 at home this season.
How It Happened
The Lady Chaps and Hilltoppers traded blows at the beginning of the set. In fact, the set included the score tied on eight occasions and at the start, with the last tie coming at 10-10. A kill by Emily Hanaway broke the final tie and put LCU up 11-10. LCU then went on a 7-3 run to extend their lead to 18-13. A St. Edward’s timeout seemed to give the Hilltoppers some life, as they scored on back-to-back possessions to close the Lubbock Christian lead to 18-15. The Lady Chaps answered with a 7-3 point streak to close out the first set 25-18. Christiana Tavo posted five kills on nine swings to lead Lubbock Christian.
LCU committed consecutive attack errors to allow the Hilltoppers to take an early 3-0 in the set. A 7-2 run allowed the Lady Chaps to take the second lead change of the set at 7-5. SEU responded with four straight points to hover around and regain the lead at 9-7. Mallory Powell’s fourth kill of the day allowed LCU to steal the lead back at 13-12. A St. Edward’s ace, by Morgan Beckham, capped off a 6-2 run for the HIlltoppers and gave them their third lead of the set at 18-15. Coach Jennifer Lawrence called a timeout for LCU and was able to disrupt the St. Edward’s pace. The Lady Chaps then came out and scored ten points to finish the second set 25-19. In total, there were five lead changes and the scored tied on 10 occasions in the set. Camille Porco and Tavo each racked up three kills for Lubbock Christian, while Hanaway picked up four kills and four digs.
Lubbock Christian was eager to close out the match as they exploded on the Hilltoppers with a 14-3 run to open the final set. There would be no tie scores or lead changes as the Lady Chaps held St. Edward’s to 14 points on their way to a 25-14 third set victory. Hanaway and Tavo led LCU scorers with three kills each for the final set.
Inside the Numbers:
21-2 – LCU went on a 21-2 run between the second and third sets, as trailing 15-18, they went on a 10-1 run to win the set and followed with a 11-1 start to the third set.
12-14 – Emily Hanaway grabbed her ninth double-double of the season. She collected 12 kills and 14 digs in her effort against the Hilltoppers.
.455 – In her next to last home contest of her career, Christiana Tavo had 11 kills on 22 attempts for an impressive .455 kill percentage.
31 – Mallory Powell continued her stellar week as she dished out 31 assists to give her 876 assists for the year.
.057 – The Lubbock Christian defense didn’t pull any punches with St. Edward’s potent offense. LCU held the Hilltopper offense to a .057 attack percentage. St. Edward’s currently leads the nation in team attacks per set (40.63).
8 – Lubbock Christian’s eight wins in conference play have come in 3-0 victories. The Lady Chaps are sitting pretty as they head into their final conference matchup of the season. LCU has outright possession of the second place spot in Heartland standings.
The Lady Chaps will close out their 2016 regular season at Rip Griffin Center as they take on Oklahoma Panhandle State University on Nov. 10. This will be a Heartland Conference matchup and first serve will commence at 6 pm.