LUBBOCK, TX (October 20, 2009) - The No. 6 (NCAA Div. II) West Texas A&M Lady Buffs overcame a 21-17 deficit in the fourth set with a 9-3 run to force a fifth and decisive set, which they won 15-12 to garner a 3-2 match victory (19-25,25-17,25-27,26-24,15-12) over No. 19 (NAIA) Lubbock Christian University Tuesday night, ending the Lady Chaparrals 25-match home win streak at Rip Griffin Center.
It was an energetic match that saw LCU and WTAMU trade sets causing a roller coaster of emotion. The Lady Chaps opened the first set bouncing back from a 5-2 deficit with a 14-5 run to take a 16-10 lead en route to a 25-19 set win. The second set was tied as late as 15-15 until WTAMU closed the set on a 10-2 run for the 25-17 set win to tie the match at 1-1. LCU dodged a Lady Buff comeback bid in the third set, holding onto a 24-22 lead to win the set 27-25. An upset win for LCU looked promising after a 7-2 lead to open the fourth set, but the Lady Buffs fought back and eventually tied the set at 22-22. Their 9-3 run while trailing 21-17 in the set was highlighted by three kills from Laura Prinsen to help take the set 26-24 to force a decisive fifth set. WTAMU had an 8-6 advantage at the change in the final set, but the Lady Chaps came back and eventually took a 11-10 lead. The Lady Buffs flexed their muscle and closed the match on a 5-1 run to seal the set 15-12 and claim the match 3-2.
Kelsey Odell produced a double-double in the loss for LCU with 15 kills and 14 digs. Elissa Loynes also had 15 kills, while teammate Bailey Jones led LCU with 18 in the match. Jordan Goings assisted on 52 of the team's 64 kills, and Courtney Yonke had a match-high 28 digs. WTAMU's Melissa Harper had a match-high 22 kills and Katie Rickwartz was impressive with 61 assists and 17 digs. The Lady Buffs had 99 digs as a team, with five players in double figures in the category. The Lady Chaps did struggle serving with just one ace and eight serving errors.
The home loss was the first since losing to Texas Wesleyan in the postseason of the 2007 season (11/17/07). The Lady Chaps nine-match overall win streak was also snapped, as they go to 18-4 on the season. WTAMU improved to 23-3. LCU returns to Sooner Athletic Conference play Friday night at 7 p.m. hosting Southern Nazarene University.