SAN ANGELO, Texas (September 11, 2010) – The No.12 Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals responded well from their first loss of the season, closing play in the Angelo State University Invitational with a pair of wins against NCAA Div. II squads. They opened Saturday's play with a 3-1 win (25-12, 19-25, 25-18, 25-12) over University of the Incarnate Word and then followed the victory with a 3-1 win (16-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-22) over host Angelo State.
In their win over ASU, the Lady Chaps lost the first set for the first time this season. The two squads were tied 15-15 in the opening set until ASU pulled away with a 10-1 run for a 25-16 set win. LCU had six attack errors during the ASU run. Brittany Johnson had six of her 12 kills in the match during the third set and LCU used a 5-1 run to close the set for a 25-20 set win and a 2-1 match lead. ASU looked as if they were going to tie the match when they went up 17-10 in the fourth set, but LCU stormed back. The Lady Chaps went on a 15-5 run, which included LCU scoring eight of the last nine points and closing the match scoring the final six points. Elissa Loynes had a block and the final kill in the last string of points to claim the set 25-22 and the match 3-1.
Loynes and Jones each had 13 kills, and Loynes claimed 11 digs to garner the double-double. Nikki Ralston led all players with 19 digs.
Outside of the second set, LCU had little trouble with the Cardinals of UIW. Loynes had seven of her match-high 15 kills in the opening set and LCU scored 13 of the final 17 points for a 25-12 set win. The Lady Chaps were plagued with 25 attack errors and 10 came in the second set. UIW used a 7-0 run to breakaway from an 8-8 tie in the set and LCU could not catch up in the Cardinals 25-19 set win. The Cardinals took a 7-3 lead in the third set, but LCU responded with a 10-3 run highlighted by a trio of kills from Jones. LCU closed the third set with a 5-1 run for the 25-18 set win for a 2-1 match lead. Like the third set, UIW opened the fourth set with a 7-3 lead and LCU responded once again. LCU closed the set and the match on a 21-5 run and tallied the final 11 points. Ralston served the final 10 points for LCU, and April Severyn (4) and Jordan Goings (3) combined for seven kills during the run.
Loynes finished with a double-double, as she had 13 digs to go along with her 15 kills. Tori Velasquez led all players with 20 digs, and Goings led in assists with 42.
LCU moves to 11-1 with the two wins and are 7-1 against NCAA Div. II schools. They move into Sooner Athletic Conference play Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Wayland Baptist University. It will mark the 13th game on the road the Lady Chaps have played, as they have yet to play at home this season.