Lubbock celebrates big LCU win

Lubbock celebrates big LCU win

LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock continues to celebrate the Division II National Championship win by the LCU Lady Chaps on Monday.

The Lady Chaps are now the first team to win a national championship in their first season of eligibility.

500 fans traveled to Indianapolis to see the game in person, while many more watched the final game of their undefeated season here in the Hub City.

Area residents took off work and school to support the Chaps on Monday and they were not disappointed.

"Even today some of the teachers are still canceling class," said LCU sophomore Libby Kirkpatrick. "One of my teachers said if Villanova can cancel so can we because we're champions, too. I think that's really cool."

Bobby Hooten is a proud LCU graduate who took his infant son to the watch party on Monday. He said he is still pinching himself.

"There's times that I go, man, this is really happening. As much as we know having watched our girls play that they deserve it and that, obviously they're that good and they're that talented," he said. "It's still surreal knowing our school has that title of NCAA division II National Champions with an undefeated season in our first season - that we were ever even eligible to play in the tournament. It's just so many awesome things all at once."

Chris Hays is also an LCU graduate. He describes the game he saw at the watch party as a nail biter.

"I was very nervous before the national championship game because I wanted them to go undefeated 35 and 0 but I wanted them to win that title," he said.

LCU says they've gotten congratulations from all corners of the country.

"Texas Tech has even reached out and offered their congratulations along with Coach Sharp," said Warren McNeil, VP of public relations at LCU. "She knows exactly what it feels like to win one of those championships."

LCU is a small school, but they've done big things. They had so much demand for their limited edition championship shirts, they say the merchandise flew off the shelves and people are still calling about them today.

"We put the shirts out a little before one and we had a line that started forming here in the store," said Chaps store manager Denise McNeill. "So at one o'clock we started selling the shirts and by 1:45 all the shirts were gone."

The Lady Chaps are arriving at the Lubbock airport Wednesday at 10:20 a.m. They'll have a big crowd waiting to welcome them home.

On Thursday morning a congratulatory service will be held for them at the Moody auditorium and later that night at 5:30 p.m., LCU is hosting a celebratory dinner which will be open to the public and completely free.

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