LCU hosts OC aiming to win first conference


LUBBOCK, TX (September 17, 2022) – The Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals wrap up their opening weekend of Lone Star Conference play in an effort to end a four-game losing streak Saturday at 1 p.m. inside the Rip Griffin Center as they host Oklahoma Christian.

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– 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 8-4 this season (opened the season 6-1) and 1-0 after a 3-1 win Friday night in Portales, NM over eastern New Mexico. OC, who have played 8 of their 12 home games, received 10 kills and four blocks from Sydney Collins as they went 1-1 in road games.

– OC has big numbers, ranking fourth nationally (second in LSC) in recoveries per set (18.7), sixth in blocks per set (LSC-best 118.5) and eighth nationally in blocks per set (LSC-best 2.58).

– Morgan Demuth leads the LSC and is 16 years olde nationally in blocks with 52. She is 28e in total over the season with 1.2 per set (sixth in the LSC).

– LCU is 4-8 this season (0-1 in conference) and is looking to end a four-game losing streak (their longest since the 2020 season). They are coming off a 3-2 loss at home Friday to Arkansas Fort Smith in a game they were leading 2-0. They are 3-2 at home this season. Kayton Genenbacher is averaging 10.6 assists per set on the pitch. sage string leads LCU with 52 home kills (2.6 kills per set) and averaging 1.5 blocks per set (29 home blocks).

– LCU’s loss on Friday night was a rarity, as it put them 24-4 all-time in program history in conference openers and 3-1 in the Lone Star Conference. It was their first conference opener loss since 2017, also against UAFS.

– Lubbock Christian opened the season 4-0 winning the first set of games this season, but they gave up their last two games winning the first set (this happened in the previous two games). They are 0-6 when losing the first set of fixtures this season. In the third set, LCU are 4-0 when they win the set and 0-8 when they lose the set.

– Second year Kiana Fallaha heads into Saturday’s game as the Lady Chaps team leader in eliminations (101). Lily Bickley leads the LCU in kills per set (2.62) and Chain Sage is their leader in points per set (3.14).

– Ferryman Kayton Genenbacher completed his fourth career double-double (third of the season) on Sept. 9 against No. 13 West Texas A&M with 34 assists and 11 digs. Over the season, she averages 10.00 assists per set (fourth in LSC and 30e nationally), 0.33 aces per set and 2.11 digs per set. The second is third in the LSC in total number of assists (450), which is 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 string also leads the LCU to eighth in the LSC with a pace of 1.13 blocks per set (51 total on the season, fifth 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.

Kalli Dalland had a career night Friday against UAFS, as she posted career highs in eliminations (13) and blocks (9). His nine blocks tied the third-highest single-match total by a Lady Chap since 2008 (tied for the highest for a five-set match over the same span for LCU). Block total is LCU’s highest since sage string had nine on October 23, 2021.

Aliyah 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 games) and Kaitlyn Mayo has seven blocks in five sets played (1.4 blocks per set) against OC.


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