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Women’s volleyball loses conference opener

Sophomore setter Kaitlyn Raymundo sets the ball for junior middle blocker Abby Smith. Photo courtesy of Larry Newman

Sophomore setter Kaitlyn Raymundo sets the ball for junior middle blocker Abby Smith. Photo courtesy of Larry Newman

After losing to Biola University 3-0 Sept. 13, the Chapman women’s volleyball team (4-4, 0-2)fell to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3-0 at home on Friday, Sept. 16 and then 3-0 at Occidental College Sept. 17.

The first set on Friday had an intense back-and-forth battle between the Panthers and the Athenas (9-0, 1-0) with the latter taking the lead 26-24. In the second and third sets, the Athenas grabbed onto an early lead and didn’t let go, winning both 25-16.

Head coach Mary Cahill said the team still kept a high level of energy throughout the match.

“We came out with energy and kept that energy up despite the points,” Cahill said. “Claremont didn’t come out with its best game in the first set. Then they woke up and we played very tentative and that reflected in our game.”

Junior opposite Kylie Cooke led the team with 11 kills and two block assists.

Women's volleyball... Photo by Chloeé Arrouye.

Women’s volleyball lost to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3-0. Photo by Malvica Sawhney

“It was a good first game and we have a lot to practice and work on,” Cooke said. “But I always feel like I let the team down when I don’t perform my very best.”

Co-captain and junior middle blocker Abby Smith said that Chapman largely beat itself in the game.

“During the pre-season we came out really strong, but during this game there were just little errors which we need to work on,” Smith said. “We just have to remember that it’s not really them that’s beating us. We’re beating ourselves.”

The Panthers lost again the following night at Occidental College (4-6, 1-1), also by a score of 3-0.

The team’s next game will be against the University of La Verne (8-2, 2-0) Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Hutton Sports Center.

 

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