LUBBOCK, Texas (September 17, 2021) – Lubbock Christian University opens the Lone Star Conference volleyball slate on Friday by hosting Arkansas – Fort Smith inside the Rip Griffin Center. The opening homestand was LCU welcoming Oklahoma Christian on Saturday for the Eagles’ first-ever visit to LCU in volleyball.
|Home and Conference Openers for LCU|
|Arkansas-Ft. Smith||Rip Griffin Center||Fri 17 Sep||6:00 p.m.||Video||Statistics|
|Oklahoma Christian||Rip Griffin Center||Sat 18 Sep||2:00 p.m.||Video||Statistics|
|Game Notes (PDF)|
ARKANSAS – FT. SMITH | Friday September 17th | 6:00 p.m. |
– The Lady Chaps and UAFS will meet for the 15th meeting of all time, with LCU coming up with wins in two of the three previous meetings. Despite the success of the LCU Series in the previous three games, the Lions are 12-2 against LCU. The UAFS are 4-1 against LCU in Lubbock. Lady Chaps’ only home win over UAFS came on October 21, 2017, as LCU ended UAFS’s 43-game winning streak in conference. The previous meeting was held in Lubbock and ended in a 3-1 UAFS victory on November 1, 2018.
– UAFS won the LSC North Division last season with a 10-2 division record. They finished 11-2 overall, having fallen in the second round of the LSC Championships to UT Tyler, and enter this preseason season in fifth place in the LSC preseason poll.
– The Lady Lions are 5-3 this season after appearing in eight games at tournament venues. They went 3-1 at the Lady Buff Classic (Canyon, TX) and 2-2 at the Valdosta State Fall Tournament in Valdosta, GA. They are 0-2 on the road this season, losing 3-1 to West Texas A&M (non-conference) and 3-2 to Valdosta State.
– Going into the weekend with 81 blocks, UAFS is fifth nationally in total blocks, ranking 19e with a rate of 2.45 per set. Hannah Holland ranks third in LSC and 41st nationwide with a score per set of 1.16 blocks.
– Holland also leads the LSC in aces with 16 serves served this season (0.50 per set ranks third in the LSC). Her maximum season mark is four, which she completed twice during the season.
OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN | Saturday September 18 | 2:00 p.m. |
– LCU and the Eagles met at the Eagle Invitational on September 3, where LCU won 3-0 to take a 3-0 lead in the all-time series. Prior to the first week of play meeting, LCU and OC had not faced each other in volleyball since October 16, 1980 (Lady Chaps won a 3-0 victory in Oklahoma City at “The Barn,” which is now known as the name of Dave Smith Sports Center). Each of the three previous meetings was held in Oklahoma City.
– OC is in its second volleyball season since the program was reinstated. Last season OC was 6-12 and it was their first season of play since the fall of 1983. They were 4-5 at home last season.
– The Eagles are picked in preseason # 12 in the Lone Star Conference preseason poll. They are 4-4 in the first two weeks of play. Seven of the eight games have been played at home, and with their Friday night game at Angelo State (San Angelo, TX), LCU will mark its third straight game. on the road.
– OC head coach Jason Skoch is in his first season as the Eagles coach. Skoch is a familiar enemy of LCU coaches, as he was head coach of West Texas A&M from 2009 to 2018 and went 11-3 against LCU (while at WT). LCU Head Coach Keith Giboney (388) and Skoch (441) combined for 829 wins, but the two coaches had never met until they met on Oct. 3 in Oklahoma City.
– The Eagles are second in the LSC and ninth nationally with a score of 19.32 per set, completing the task with no individuals in the conference top 10 in the category. They lead the LSC with 599 digs in total.
LADY CHAP NOTES
– LCU enters the week after a 3-2 road victory at Colorado Springs to close their game in the Mountain Lion class, where they faced two nationally ranked programs. The 3-2 victory was achieved by coming back from a 2-0 deficit and that places them with an overall record of 4-4 and 3-0 in road games.
-LCU went 0-13 in the second set of games played last season. This season, LCU have won the second set in six of their eight matches (LCU is 3-3 in the second set victory. LCU is 4-0 this season in the third set victory and 3-0 in the victory of the first set.
-Last season LCU had an attacking percentage of .080, which ranked 16e at LSC. This season, LCU hits 0.239 and ranks third in the LSC. Hannah fröschl leads LCU in strikes, ranking ninth in the LSC with .331.
-The Lady Chaps, who beat Wayland Baptist 3-1 in their home opener last season, are 9-3 in home opener since 2008. The Lady Chaps have earned a record. 2-5 at home last season and 10-5 at home in 2019. They have eight games scheduled at home this season.
– On January 26, LCU defeated West Texas A&M at Lubbock in their LSC opener, bringing LCU to 23-3 in program history in the conference opener and 2 -0 in the opening matches of the Lone Star Conference.
-Mixing Jane Sargent, the UAFS head coach who recently scored 700 career wins and enters Lubbock with 701 career wins, the three head coaches exposed to Lubbock, for the opening week of the LSC game , combine for 1,530 wins (Sargent – 701, Skoch – 441, Giboney – 388). Giboney and Sargent have faced each other twice historically, with Giboney falling twice (along with Harding) in the 2009 and 2011 seasons to the UAFS.
– Kendall mahaney ranks second in the LSC for recoveries (133) and sixth for recoveries per set (4.43). She has three games with at least 20 recoveries over the season.
– LCU is fifth in the opposing block conference, as their opponents have been limited to 1.47 blocks per set.
– While LCU has served 30 aces over the season, with aces of 10 different Lady Chaps. Kendall mahaney leads LCU with 10 aces on serve. On the errors side, LCU’s opponents served 53 errors (1.8 per set), while LCU produced 25 serve errors.
– Aaliyah Gray was named to the All-Tournament squad at the Mountain Lion Classic hosted by UCCS in Colorado Springs, Colo., producing 48 kills in all four games in Colorado, at a rate of 3.43 kills per set. She also had 2.07 digs per set and produced her first two career double-doubles of her college career. Two of LCU’s games in Colorado were against nationally ranked opponents, and Gray, a true freshman, recorded 21 kills (0.341 attack percentage) and 17 digs in a double-double performance against Washburn. No. 4. The 21 kills were the highest by a Lady Chap since Ashley Vanfleet had 22 against Texas Woman on November 1, 2019. The mark also tied the amount for the second-highest number of kills. in a four-set match by a Lady Chap since 2008 In total over the week, she hit 0.299 with 56 kills (3.29 per set and 11.2 per game) and 31 digs (1.82 per set). Gray ranks sixth in the LSC this season with 86 kills (14e in kills per set at 3.07).