Women’s volleyball ends season in third place

The women’s volleyball team ended its season tied for third place with California Lutheran University in the conference after being swept 3-0 at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Nov. 2.

Chapman traveled to No. 6 nationally ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) semifinals for the first time since 2013.

“It was really cool to go,” said junior middle blocker Lauren Friend. “Obviously, it was everyone’s first choice to win, but they beat us – we played hard and didn’t just let them win.”

Chapman sealed its playoff position on senior night Oct. 28, after beating Occidental College. Chapman outscored fifth-place Whittier College four sets to three during the season, which was the deciding factor in the standings. Last season, Chapman missed out on the playoffs due to a tiebreaker.

Chapman was the only team in the SCIAC to beat Claremont-Mudd-Scripps this season, winning 3-2 at home Sept. 23.

“We were really confident going in, because Claremont-Mudd-Scripps only lost to one team in the regular season, and that was us,” Friend said.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps had a comfortable hand on the win throughout the game Nov. 2, winning 25-17, 25-18 and 25-11.

Friend, who was named to the All-SCIAC team last week, said the team is happy with how it dealt with setbacks during this season. Chapman started its season with seven straight wins, but later lost five straight conference games and fell out of the playoff picture.

“We did an incredible job,” she said. “All the injuries that we had down the road, this is by far the craziest season I’ve ever been a part of, and I couldn’t be prouder with how we got through it and made it to the playoffs.”

Chapman will be returning four starters and a libero for next season.

“I’m very excited, I’m already starting to create goals and things I want to work on during the summer,” Friend said. “I can’t wait to come out and see what we do next season.”

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