Lady Chaps fans celebrate victory at Rip Griffin Center

Lady Chaps fans celebrate victory at Rip Griffin Center

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - LCU invited the public to cheer on the Lady Chaps as they played against Anchorage Alaska in Indianapolis Monday.

They served free refreshments to a full house.

Alumna Laura Conklin brought her three small children to witness the victory.

"We checked out of school so we did not want to miss it," Conklin said. "We're so excited for them and Coach Gomez who is just an amazing Coach, we're just so excited it couldn't happen to a better team."

LCU graduate Mark Revilla says he is thrilled with the Chaps advancement.

"As an alumni I just can't express how excited I am for each one of these young ladies and for the university."

Emily Hanaway plays with LCU's volleyball team.

"Our teachers sent us emails this morning and said that President Perrin strongly encouraged that we wear blue and get out of our afternoon classes," Hanaway said. "We were pretty excited."

Her teammate Christiana Tavo says she has been waiting for this win for a long time.

"It was just so surreal for them to be D2 and going to post season for the first time and winning the national championship," Tavo said. "We knew that they were going to win, but all the hard work and all the talk and build up to this moment we've all been waiting for - just for all of this to happen it was just awesome."

Jonathan Gomez is Coach Steve Gomez's nephew. He says he was beside himself when they won.

"Oh, it's unbelievable, it's a storybook ending," Gomez said. "30 and 0, fourth team in division II history to do that and it wasn't like they were squeaking by. They didn't have very many close games either. It was just amazing to see the way they played together, especially for Nicole and Kelsey. They took a year off last year and came back and just were huge parts of this team. It's just amazing to see."

The Chaps will come home Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Lubbock airport.

There will be a celebration with a free lunch on Thursday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Rip Griffin Center, open to the public. The date and time were changed to better accommodate the Lubbock community.

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