Score: No.13 West Texas A&M 3, Lubbock Christian 0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-22)
Folders: Lubbock Christian (4-6), West Texas A&M (7-3)
Location: Junell Center – San Angelo, Texas
Lubbock Christian University fell to 0-2 in Friday’s Lone Star Conference Crossover as No. 13 West Texas A&M pulled out late in each set to dominate the LCU in straight sets Friday afternoon indoors. from the Junell Center. LCU were tied 12-12 in the first set, trailed 19-18 in the second set and 23-22 in the third set, but could not claim any sets in the match. Kayton Genenbacher had 34 assists and 11 digs for a double-double for LCU, which had a 77-60 recovery advantage in the game. WT edged LCU 46-42 in wins, with 17 from Torrey Miller, who had 53 attempts. A 12-5 advantage in blocks benefited the Lady Buffs (most blocks by an LCU opponent this season).
How did it happen
A first race 5-0, started by a blocking and a killing of Kalli Dalland, provided LCU with a 7-4 lead. Torey Miller ended the streak with a pair of wins and WT managed to tie the set at 8-8. Lily Bickley had a kill for Lady Chaps who reduced a slim deficit to 14-13, but WT responded with a 7-1 rally and pulled away to win the set 25-19. Kiana FallahaBickley and Dalland each had three wins in the set for LCU.
The second set looked like a runaway for WT, as they opened the set with a 7-1 lead capped by back-to-back combo blocks from Katrina Johnson and Miller (resulting in an LCU timeout). Slowly, LCU cut the deficit and then used a 3-0 run to trail 16-15. Fallaha killed LCU in two runs (22-20) but WT closed the set on a 3-1 run to win the set 25-21. LCU loses the set despite having a 15-12 advantage in kills and Fallaha and Aliyah Gray each with four wins. Genenbacher had 13 assists and Kendall Mahaney had nine digs in the set, as LCU had a 24-17 advantage in digs in the frame.
WT had another quick start in the third set as they opened with a 5-1 advantage. LCU was again able to reduce the deficit and took a 7-3 lead to trail 14-12. After a pair of Lady Buff counts, Miller made three straight attacking errors and a 4-0 LCU run tied the set 16-16. The teams traded a series of short runs, and with LCU trailing 23-22, WT closed the game with the final two points to win the set 25-22. Miller finished with seven kills in the frame for WT. sage chainled LCU in the final set with four kills. Mady McCully had 10 digs to catapult LCU to a 33-22 advantage in digs in the set.
Inside the numbers:
|1-4||The loss puts LCU 4-6 on the season and they drop to 1-4 in neutral-site play.|
|3-12||The game was the LCU’s first of the season against a nationally ranked program. LCU is 3-12 since 2015 against nationally ranked foes.|
|11||With 11 recoveries to accompany 34 assists, Kayton Genenbacher notched his fourth career double-double and third of the season.|
|9-3||WT had a 9-3 advantage in points on serves, as WT had six aces, while LCU went without an ace for the first time this season (each team had three serve errors). LCU went two games last season without an ace and one of the events happened inside the Junell Center.|
|0-6||LCU remain a winless win, giving up the first or third set. They are 0-6 when losing the first or third set this season.|
|21||Kendall Mahaney recorded more than 20 digs for the fifth time this season, recording 21 on Friday to tie a career high with three straight games with at least 20 digs.|
|77||LCU had 77 digs on Friday, which is its highest total in a three-set game since 89 against Southwest Oklahoma State on Sept. 12, 2019.
|17||Mady McCully produced a career-high 17 digs.|
|nineteen eighty one||The 49e The all-time match between the Lady Chaps and Lady Buffs was their first meeting at a neutral site since October 10, 1981 (in Abilene, Texas). WTAMU took the upper hand in the overall series, with a 34-14-1 series lead following Friday’s victory.|
LCU closes the LSC Crossover Saturday at 3 p.m. against Angelo State, who fell to UT Tyler 3-0 on Friday.