Women’s volleyball splits two games to open season

The women’s volleyball team kicked off its season Sept. 1 with mixed results, winning one game and losing another on the opening day of the Pacific Coast Classic volleyball tournament.

Chapman won its first game 3-1 in the morning against Texas Lutheran University, hosted by Claremont McKenna College. The win was followed by an afternoon move to Pomona College, where Chapman lost 3-1 to Bethel University.

“For Sept. 2, we need to work on not letting our mistakes or things that go wrong on the court affect our attitudes and affect us mentally,” said junior outside hitter Kiley McGill. “It’s an energy thing. After the first game, we had a hard time communicating, and when we made mistakes, we couldn’t move past them mentally.”

The Panthers lost the first set of the morning game against Texas Lutheran, but came back to win three sets in a row, 25-15, 25-18 and 25-18.

Junior setter Kaitlyn Raymundo sets the ball to junior middle blocker Lauren Friend in the Sept. 1 match against Texas Lutheran University. Photo courtesy of Matthew Fenton

“As far as what we did well, there are so many returners – we all know each other well and gel really well as a team, so it helps being really comfortable with each other,” McGill said.

The Panthers started the second game of the day against Bethel off with a close set, winning the first by three points. However, Chapman dropped the third set 25-14 and couldn’t muster a comeback in the fourth, dropping that set and losing the match.

“I think in the first game we really took advantage when the other team made mistakes,” said junior outside hitter Lindsey Johnson. “However, in the second, we made more mistakes individually than we should have, which made it harder to take advantage when they messed up.”

The Panthers will finish off the tournament tomorrow when they face off against the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Milikin University, with both games hosted at Pomona College.

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