LUBBOCK, TX (September 16, 2022) – The Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals open Lone Star Conference play at home and in much the same fashion as last season…hosting Arkansas Fort Smith and Oklahoma Christian. They will be looking for the same result, as LCU swept every team in straight sets last season to get off to a good start in LSC play. The UAFS Lions come to the Rip Griffin Center Friday night (6 p.m.) and Oklahoma Christian follows Saturday at 1 p.m. to close out the opening weekend of conference play.








LSC opener for LCU
OPPONENT LOCATION DAYTIME TIME (TC) LOOK STATISTICS
Arkansas-Ft. Smith Rip Griffin Center Fri 16 Sep 6 p.m. Video Statistics
Oklahoma Christian Rip Griffin Center Sat 17 Sep 1 p.m. Video Statistics
Play Notes (PDF)

LOOK AT UAFS

– The Lady Chaps and UAFS will meet for the 16th all-time reunion, with the LCU picking up wins in three of the previous four reunions. Despite the success of the LCU series in the previous four games, the Lions are 12-3 against LCU. UAFS are 4-2 against LCU in Lubbock. The Lady Chaps won the previous meeting (at home September 17, 2021, 3-0) and Friday’s meeting will mark the third consecutive meeting in Lubbock between the two programs.

– UAFS finished tied at three for sixth place in LSC with a 10-7 conference record last season. They finished 15-14 on aggregate and enter this season’s pre-season in eighth position in the LSC pre-season poll.

– The Lady Lions are 6-5 this season after playing 11 games at tournament venues. They recently went 1-2 in Dallas, Texas in their Lone Star Conference Crossover, with their lone win over St. Mary’s (3-1). The UAFS has two common opponents, and both opponents are from the 49th state, as they faced off against Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks. The Lions lost to each team 3-1, playing both games in Fairbanks, Alaska. UAFS are yet to play at home and will have their home opener on September 21.

– UAFS ranks third in the LSC for aces per set, with a rating of 1.83. Source is from a server balance, as Reagan Macha (15), Lauren Weber (15) and Hannah Holland (14) are the aces leaders for UAFS, which is coming off an 11 aces performance against StMU for their third 11- best performance of the season. Holland has a total of nine aces in the previous four games.

– Chloe Price ranks 17e nationally and second in the LSC in assists (421) and fourth in the conference (41st at national level) in assists per set (10.02). She is coming off a career high 49 assists against StMU.



LOOKING OC
– LCU and the Eagles met twice last season, with LCU picking up a pair of 3-0 wins to take a 4-0 lead in the all-time series. Prior to last season, LCU and OC had not faced each other in volleyball since October 16, 1980 (Lady Chaps won 3-0 at Oklahoma City at “The Barn”, which is now known as Dave Smith Athletic Center). Three of the previous four meetings have taken place in Oklahoma City.

– OC is in its third season of volleyball since the program was reinstated. Last season, OC went 12-18, which followed a 6-12 record in their 2020 season (their first season playing since the fall of 1983).

– The Eagles are preseason selected No. 11 in the Lone Star Conference preseason poll. They are 7-4 in the first three weeks of play (6-1 season opener). Eight of the 11 games have been played at home, and with their Friday night game at Eastern New Mexico (Portales, NM), LCU will mark their third straight game on the road.

– OC has big numbers, ranking fourth nationally (second in LSC) in recoveries per set (19.1), sixth in blocks per set (LSC-best 108.5) and eighth nationally in blocks per set (LSC-best 2.58).

– Morgan Demuth leads the LSC and is 16 years olde nationwide in blocks with 50. She is 28e in total over the season with 1.2 per set (sixth in the LSC).



LADY CHAP NOTES
– LCU is 4-7 this season and is looking to end a three-game losing streak. They are coming off a 3-1 loss in San Angelo, Texas on Friday to Angelo State. LCU go home, where they are 3-1 this season. Kayton Genenbacher is averaging 11.4 assists per set on the pitch. sage chain and Kiana Fallaha each have 41 home eliminations this season, Chain also averaging 1.6 blocks per set.


– On September 17, 2022, the LCU defeated the UAFS in Lubbock in their LSC opener, which improved the LCU to 24-3 all-time in program history in conference openers and 3- 0 in Lone Star Conference Openers (this is the LCU’s third straight season to open home conference play).


– Lubbock Christian is 4-1 in first set win this season and 0-6 in first set loss this season. In the third set, LCU are 4-0 when they win the set and 0-7 when they lose the set.

– Second year Kiana Fallaha has 43 eliminations over the previous four games and heads into Friday’s game as the Lady Chaps team leader in eliminations (95). Lily Bickley leads LCU in kills per set (2.78) and Chain Sage is their leader in points per set (3.19).

– Ferryman Kayton Genenbacher completed his fourth career double-double (third of the season) Friday against West Texas A&M with 34 assists and 11 digs. Over the season, she averaged 10.22 assists per set (second in LSC and 30e nationally), 0.38 aces per set and 2.18 digs per set. The runner-up is third in LSC in total number of assists (409), or 22n/a nationally.


– Second year Libero Kendall Mahaney had 21 digs on Friday against WT to reach 20 or more digs for the fifth time this season and tied a career high with a third straight game with at least 20 digs. Mahaney leads the team with 188 digs (sixth in the LSC and 44e nationally) and sits at a pace of 4.7 per set (sixth in LSC and 52n/a nationally).


– LCU points leader sage chain also leads the LCU to fifth in the LSC with a pace of 1.15 blocks per set (46 overall on the season, ranking eighth in the LSC). She has at least seven blocks in a game four times this season, with a high of 8.0 on Sept. 3 against UCCS.


Aliyah Gray is LCU’s active career leader against UAFS in eliminations, having had the last nine against the Lions (3.0 per set.). She posted a passing percentage of .308. Mady McCully actively leads LCU against UAFS with 3.33 digs per set.


-Gray is also LCU’s active career leader against OC, averaging 2.83 kills per set and has 17 in two career games against the Lady Eagles. She joined Chain on September 3, 2021, as each had 10 kills in a match against OC. Zoe Parker averaged 1.25 aces served per set against OC and played five in two games. Kendall Mahaney averages 5.3 digs per set (32 total in two matches) and Kaitlyn Mayo has seven blocks in five sets played (1.4 blocks per set) against OC.


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