The Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals open Lone Star Conference play at home and in the same fashion as last season… hosting Arkansas Fort Smith and Oklahoma Christian. They will seek the same result, as LCU swept each team in straight sets last season to get off on the right foot in LSC play. The Lions of UAFS come to 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.
LOOKING AT UAFS
- The Lady Chaps and UAFS will meet for the 16th all-time meeting, with LCU coming in with wins in three of the previous four meetings. Despite LCU's series success over the prior four matches, the Lions are 12-3 all-time against LCU. UAFS is 4-2 all-time against LCU in Lubbock. The Lady Chaps won the previous meeting (at home Sept. 17, 2021, 3-0) and Friday's meeting will mark the third consecutive meeting in Lubbock between the two programs.
- UAFS finished in a three-way tie for sixth place in the LSC with a 10-7 conference mark last season. They finished 15-14 overall, and enter this season preseason picked eighth in the LSC Preseason Poll.
- The Lady Lions are 6-5 this season after playing 11 matches at tournament locations. They recently went 1-2 in Dallas, Texas at their Lone Star Conference Crossover, with their lone win tallied over St. Mary's (3-1). UAFS has two common opponents, and both opponents are from the Forty-Ninth State, as they faced Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks. The Lions lost to each team 3-1, playing both contests in Fairbanks, Alaska. UAFS has yet to play at home and will have their home opener Sept. 21.
- UAFS ranks third in the LSC in aces per set, with a mark of 1.83. The source comes from a balance of servers, as Reagan Macha (15), Lauren Weber (15) and Hannah Holland (14) are the ace leaders for UAFS, who is coming off an 11-ace performance against StMU for their third 11-aces-or-better performance of the season. Holland has a combined nine aces over the prior four matches.
- Chloe Price ranks 17th nationally and second in the LSC in assists (421) and is fourth in conference (41st nationally) in assists per set (10.02). She is coming off a career-high 49 assists against StMU.
LOOKING AT OC
- LCU and the Eagles met twice last season, with LCU nabbing 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 claimed a 3-0 win in Oklahoma City at "The Barn," which is now known as the Dave Smith Athletic Center). Three of the prior four meetings were played in Oklahoma City.
- OC is in their third season of having volleyball since their reinstatement of the program. Last season, OC went 12-18, which followed a 6-12 record in their 2020 season (their first season of play since fall 1983).
- The Eagles are preseason picked No.11 in the Lone Star Conference Preseason Poll. They are 7-4 through the opening three weeks of play (opened the season 6-1). Eight of the 11 matches were played at home, and with their Friday night match at Eastern New Mexico (Portales, N.M.), LCU will mark their third consecutive road match.
- OC has heavy numbers, ranking fourth nationally (second in the LSC) in digs 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 16th nationally in blocks with 50. She is 28th overall on the season with 1.2 per set (sixth in the LSC).
LADY CHAP NOTES
- LCU is 4-7 on the season and seeking to end a three-match losing streak. They are coming off a 3-1 loss in San Angelo, Texas Friday to Angelo State. LCU returns home, where they are 3-1 on the season. Kayton Genenbacher is averaging 11.4 assists per set on the homecourt. Sage Chain and Kiana Fallaha each have 41 kills at home this season, with Chain also averaging 1.6 blocks per set.
- On Sept.17, 2022, LCU defeated UAFS in Lubbock during their LSC opener, which improved LCU to 24-3 all-time in program history in conference openers and 3-0 in Lone Star Conference openers (this is LCU's third consecutive season to open conference play at home).
- Lubbock Christian is 4-1 when winning the opening set of matches this season and they are 0-6 when losing the opening set of matches this season. In the third set, LCU is 4-0 when they win the set and 0-7 when they lose the set.
- Sophomore Kiana Fallaha has 43 kills over the prior four matches and heads into Friday's match as the Lady Chaps team leader in kills (95). Lily Bickley leads LCU in kills per set (2.78) and Chain Sage is their leader in points per set (3.19).
- Setter Kayton Genenbacher completed her fourth career double-double (third of the season) Friday against West Texas A&M with 34 assists and 11 digs. On the season, she is averaging 10.22 assists per set (second in the LSC and 30th nationally), .38 aces per set and 2.18 digs per set. The sophomore is third in the LSC in total assists (409), which is 22nd nationally.
- Sophomore Libero Kendall Mahaney had 21 digs Friday against WT to reach 20 or more digs for a fifth time this season and she matched a career high with a third consecutive match with at least 20 digs. Mahaney leads the team with 188 digs (sixth in the LSC and 44th nationally) and is at a pace of 4.7 per set (sixth in the LSC and 52nd nationally).
- LCU points leader Sage Chain also leads LCU ranking fifth in the LSC with a pace of 1.15 blocks per set (46 total on the season, ranking eighth in the LSC). She has at least seven blocks in a match four times this season, with a high of 8.0 on Sept. 3 vs. UCCS.
- Aaliyah Gray is LCU's active career leader against UAFS in kills, as she had nine last against the Lions (3.0 per set.). She posted a .308 hitting percentage. 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 matches against the Lady Eagles. She joined Chain on Sept.3, 2021, as each had 10 kills in a match against OC. Zoe Parker averages 1.25 aces served per set against OC and has five through two matches played. 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.