Score: UT Tyler 3, Lubbock Christian 1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-15, 25-22)
Folders: Lubbock Christian (4-5), UT Tyler (5-4)
Location: Junell Center – San Angelo, Texas
Kayon Genenbacher’s record win total was one of the few positive net stats for Lubbock Christian University, as LCU opened their Lone Star Conference crossover stay with a 3-1 loss to UT Tyler. Genenbacher recorded seven kills to go along with 35 assists and nine digs. She produced a .636 attack percentage while her passing helped Kiana Fallaha produce a team record 11 eliminations. Meanwhile, UTT racked up 35 kills from Mikayla Ware (21) and Hannah Callison (14). Ware added 20 digs to complete a double-double for the Patriots.
How did it happen
LCU trailed 1-0, and once trailing they couldn’t regain the lead despite tied the set six times. Genenbacher had a kill to tie the set 18-18, but the Patriots responded on a 7-2 run to close the set for a 25-20 win. Genenbacher and Lily Bickley each had four wins in the set. LCU had 16 kills in the set (their highest for a set in the match), with Genenbacher providing 12 assists in the set.
The second set was neck and neck for most of the set. LCU went from a 13-13 tie to take a 17-14 lead, after a combo block provided by Hailey Cournoyer and Aliyah Gray, but UTT collected the next three points to tie the set 17-17. Leading 19-18, Gray picked up a kill to spark a 6-3 rally to help LCU win the set 25-21. LCU won the set with 11 eliminations, taking advantage of 10 attacking errors from UTT.
LCU winning the second set gave no momentum to enter the third set. UTT had an 8-0 run, which was part of an 11-1 advantage to give UTT a 16-3 lead. UTT had five aces in the set and also received five kills from Ware which helped them win the set 25-15.
LCU bounced back from the third-set loss by opening the frame with a 7-2 run, but they couldn’t hold onto the lead. A 6-0 UTT lead put the Patriots up 8-7. sage chain had a kill and a block to help LCU take a 4-0 lead for a 13-11 LCU lead. UTT followed with another 6-0 run, and this one included a trio of aces for a 23-17 advantage. LCU attempted a late rally, going 5-1 to trail 24-22, but Ware finished the game with a kill. Fallaha (5) and Kaitlyn May (4) combined for nine kills in the set for the Lady Chaps, but they couldn’t beat Ware and Callison, who each had five kills for UTT.
Inside the numbers:
|5||The loss put the LCU below .500 this season as they are 4-5 overall on the season and 1-3 in neutral-site play.|
|seven||LCU installer Kayton Genenbacher registered seven kills on Thursday. The amount is the most kills by an LCU passer since Malloy Powell had 7 on Sept. 19, 2015 (against Newman).|
|11||With 11 wins, Kiana Fallaha moved to lead the team in eliminations with 81. She has 29 eliminations over the past two games (18 vs. UCCS) to move her to the lead of the team.|
|72||The Patriots posted a 72-56 advantage in digs, as Savannah Guzman led the UTT and all players with 21 digs.|
|9-1||UT Tyler had a 9-1 ace advantage. Adeline Ortman had five aces for the Patriots, while Kalli Dalland had the only ace in the service of LCU. It’s the second time this season that an opponent has had a major advantage in aces, as Alaska Anchorage had a 10-1 advantage in Game 1 of this season (August 25).|
|0-3||LCU and UTT were meeting for the first time on a neutral-site court, and UTT’s victory placed LCU with an all-time record of 0-3 against the Patriots.|
The LCU will face its first nationally ranked opponent of the season on Friday, when it takes on No. 13 West Texas A&M at 3 p.m. in San Angelo.