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Pioneers take LCU to five games

LUBBOCK — The Wayland volleyball team won a game against Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock for the first time in 10 years last Tuesday evening.
In fact, the Pioneers won two games.
Unfortunately, the Lady Chaps of LCU took the other three to remain perfect in conference play with a 6-0 record. The WBU women fall to 3-3 and are 12-10 on the season.
      Game one was evenly played for the first 20 points, but LCU went on a 10-5 run to close it out, 30-20.
The two teams were also evenly matched during the second game and were tied once again at 20. This time, however, it was the Pioneers who made the stretch run, scoring the final three points for the 30-27 victory.
      The Lady Chaps jumped out early in game three before WBU came back to tie it up at 16. LCU slowly regained the advantage and eventually came away with the 30-26 decision.
      The fourth game was much like the second. Neither team could get a substantial lead until freshman setter Anika Voigt took the serve with the home team up by one at 20-19. Voigt held the serve for the next five points, giving the Pioneers a 24-20 lead. WBU would extend the lead to 27-21 before finally taking the game, 30-25.
In the deciding game, LCU went on a 5-0 run to break a 2-2 tie, and never looked back, winning the match 15-10.
      The Pioneer’s lone senior, Brittany Banning recorded 16 kills in the match and had three blocks. Audrey Hemminger added 12 kills and had five blocks, while Anika Voigt handed out 41 assists. Voigt was also credited with a team-high 31 digs. Freshman middle Jennifer Wyatt returned to the lineup for the first time in two weeks and contributed eight kills and five blocks.
      For the match, four Lady Chaps reached double digits in kills, paced by Suzanne Childress’ 21, though Katie McGuire had 18, Brittany Hix had 13, and Kelsey Odell had 10.