Lubbock Christian University rebounded from a 2-0 deficit Saturday to come back and defeat DBU 3-2 in Heartland Conference road play at Burg Center. Always difficult to beat a team for a third time in one season, LCU completed the task after dropping the first two sets and then never trailing the final three sets for their second five-set win of the season. The win improved LCU to 17-7 overall and 7-1 in Heartland Conference play. Freshman Bradi Marshall nearly had a triple-double, while producing 50 assists, 11 digs and eight aces. Her eight aces is the highest single-match total under 15th-year head coach Jennifer Lawrence and the highest since collegiate volleyball went to rally-scoring. Ashley Vanfleet posted a career high 19 kills in the match to lead LCU. They also received a double-double from Lauren Zoller, who had 13 kills and 10 assists. Defensively, Morgan Schwarz matched a season high in blocks (5) and Maddie DeGuire contributed a career high 21 digs. Emma Eakin led DBU in the loss with 18 kills.
How It Happened
DBU opened the first set with a 7-3 advantage. Trailing 9-4, LCU received a pair of kills from Ashley Vanfleet leading to a 6-0 run for a 10-9 LCU lead. With the set tied 12-12, DBU went on a 4-0 run and led 16-12. The two teams traded points from there and DBU won the opening set 25-21. Vanfleet had seven kills in the set. Emma Eakin led DBU with five kills in the frame.
It was the Lady Chaps with the early lead in the second set, opening the set with a 5-2 advantage. Lauren Zoller had a kill to put the Lady Chaps up 17-11, but they were unable to hold the lead. The Patriots went on a 10-3 run and took a 22-20 lead. The Pats claimed a 25-22 win in the set, led by another five-kill set from Eakin. DBU produced 18 kills in the set. LCU had 14 kills, their single-set high in the match, with Vanfleet leading LCU with four.
LCU turned things around in the third set, opening the set on a 7-1 run. They closed the set on a 7-4 eun to win the set 25-15. Lauren Zoller led LCU with four kills, as the team had a .310 hitting mark in the set.
The fourth set was tightly played until LCU went on a 7-3 run started by a kill from Zoller. The Lady Chaps closed the set on a 10-3 run to win the set 25-15 and force a decisive fifth set. Maddie DeGuire had eight digs in the set and LCU produce 3.0 team blocks, holding the Patriots to a -.023 attack percentage.
LCU completed their comeback with Bradi Marshall in the spotlight. Marshall had aces on three consecutive serves to put LCU up 5-0 to start the set. The closest DBU cut into LCU's lead in the set was 8-5. The Lady Chaps closed the match with a 3-0 run, capped by Marshall's fourth ace of the set to win the set 15-9. Vanfleet completed her career-high kill performance with four kills in the final set.
Inside the Numbers:
2-1 - The Lady Chaps improved to 2-1 this season in five-set matches. The last time LCU rebounded from a 2-0 deficit to win a match 3-2 was on Oct. 21, 2017 at home against Arkansas - Fort Smith, and the last time LCU completed the task on the road was Sept. 28, 2012 at Oklahoma City.
7-1 - LCU maintained a one-match lead in the Heartland Conference standings with the win (St. Mary's is 6-2). LCU's conference record of 7-1 is their best eight-match start in Heartland Conference play since a 7-1 record through eight matches to begin their 2014 Heartland Conference schedule (they went 9-1 through the first 10 games of conference play in 2014).
35-4 - LCU completes the regular season series over DBU and improves to 35-4 all-time over DBU. The Lady Chaps have now won seven of the previous eight contests.
.063 - DBU hit .301 over the first two sets, but combined to hit .063 over the final two sets.
2 - LCU won despite losing the head-to-head statistic in kills (59-58), digs (71-66) and assists (57-55). It is the second time they have won despite losing the head-to-head statistic in those categories in the same match (win over Emporia State on Aug. 24 was the prior time).
8 - LCU produced eight blocks in the match, with Morgan Schwarz matching a career high with five blocks (two solo). It is the seventh time this season LCU has had at least 8.0 blocks in a three-set match (18th time since 2008 in which they have had at least 8.0 blocks in a three-set match).
8 - Bradi Marshall had eight aces, marking the most by a Lady Chap in the 15 years Jennifer Lawrence has served as head coach. Since 2006, the prior single-match high for a Lady Chaps member in aces was six (done twice this season by DeGuire). The mark matches the highest total in a five-set match in NCAA Division II play this season and ties as the 10th highest single-match total in Heartland Conference history.
4 - LCU produced four solo blocks in the match, which is their second highest total this season behind a mark of six on Sept. 13. That match was also against DBU and played at Burg Center.
+9 - LCU had a +9 advantage (10-1) in aces in the match. The margin against the opposition is their highest since a +11 (11-0) on Sept. 16, 2011 against Huston-Tillotson.
10 - LCU served up 10 aces in the match, which marks the fourth time this season LCU has had at least 10 aces served in a match.
11 - Bradi Marshall's double-double was her team-leading 11th double-double this season. She has double-doubles in six of LCU's eight conference matches this season.
LCU's four-match road trip has ended and the Lady Chaps return home Thursday to host Texas A&M International inside Rip Griffin Center.