PLAINVIEW, Texas (September 14, 2010) - Bailey Jones recorded 15 kills, 19 digs and assisted on six blocks and No.13 Lubbock Christian University used some late rallies to defeat Wayland Baptist University (Texas) 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 26-28, 25-22) Tuesday night at Hutcherson Center to open Sooner Athletic Conference play. LCU is 1-0 in SAC play and 12-1 overall, and they have yet to play at home this season.
The opening set was close throughout, but LCU was able to keep a small marginal lead. LCU led 12-7 during the set, but the Pioneers crawled back to cut the Lady Chaps lead to 19-18. Elissa Loynes produced four kills in the opening set and her last two helped LCU pull away with a 25-21 set win. The Lady Chaps collected 27 digs in the opening set.
The Pioneers opened the second set on a 4-0 run and led as much as 9-3 early in the set. LCU responded with a 9-3 run sparked by a pair of aces served by Nikki Ralston. The two teams traded the lead four times in the set and the score was tied on nine occasions. LCU took a 19-18 lead with one of five kills by Melissa Green in the set and the little 4-1 run provided enough separation to allow LCU to win the set 25-22 for a 2-0 match lead.
Wayland Baptist again opened up a set with a big lead, busting out with an 8-3 advantage early. A back and fourth flow helped WBU hold the lead as late as 13-8, but eventually LCU took advantage of six Pioneer attack errors and rallied with an 11-2 run for a 20-15 lead. The Lady Chaps would not be able to hold the lead, as serving with a set-point 24-22 lead, WBU used a kill from Tatiana Gonzalez and a pair of Lady Chaps attack errors to take a set-point 25-24 lead. A ball handling error by WBU and a kill by Loynes exchanged the set point in LCU's favor at 26-25. Three straight attack errors by the Lady Chaps closed out the set with the Pioneers claiming the set 27-26.
In the fourth set, LCU decided to take the upper hand early, jumping out to a 7-3 lead sparked by a trio of Lady Chaps blocks. Brittany Johnson, who finished with 6 blocks played a part in all three during the rally. WBU did climb back into the match and the teams traded points throughout the set. The match was tied as late as 22-22 before a pair of kills by Green gave LCU a 24-22 set-point lead. The Lady Chaps did not let the lead slip away, as the Pioneers committed an attack error to clinch the win for LCU.
Jordan Goings contributed 52 assists for LCU and had three of the team's nine aces. Jones' numbers led to a double-double and she was joined by Loynes, who had 11 digs to go along with 10 kills. Green produced 12 kills and a .500 kill percentage for LCU. Johnson finished with 11 kills and six assisted blocks and Ralston had a match-high 26 digs to also contribute to the win.
Desiree Luevano led a foursome of Pioneers who produced double-doubles in the loss, which dropped WBU to 6-4 overall and 0-1 in the SAC. She had a match-high 16 kills and 14 digs. Kate Trejos (24 digs, 12 kills), Anika Voigt (41 assists, 15 kills) and Kimberli Harger (15 digs, 10 kills) also produced double-doubles. The two teams combined for 53 attack errors, with WBU committing 28 of them.
LCU remains on the road this weekend and they are participating in a tournament hosted by University of Texas Brownsville. The Lady Chaps open play in Brownsville Friday at 5 p.m. against Texas Wesleyan University.