Following its seventh win in dramatic fashion against the No. 9 nationally ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Chapman’s women’s volleyball team lost its first conference game of the season in a three-set sweep against the University of La Verne.
Chapman has not won an away game at La Verne, which is ranked No. 15 nationally, since 2013.
Junior outside hitter Kiley McGill said she didn’t see the loss as a failure for the team.
“We have been working really hard on and off the court to be where we are, but there’s always those days where something is slightly off,” McGill said. “The fact that we lost in three (sets) isn’t a reflection of our team or the effort we put into the game, it just shows that we have things to work on.”
Chapman did not have any blocks in the game that directly resulted in a point, something head coach Mary Cahill credited to La Verne.
“La Verne is a good hitting team, no blocks means we didn’t end with a block,” Cahill said. “La Verne was there to pick them up.”
Cahill said that she does not expect the team to be disheartened by the loss.
“This game, we didn’t do things well,” Cahill said. “We’ll be fine this weekend.”
McGill said she is excited to return to Chapman’s Hutton Sports Complex Sept. 29.
“(Sept. 29) is going to be another amazing home game,” McGill said. “We always bring a ton of energy and fire while we play at home, and these two home games this coming weekend are no exception to that.”
In Chapman’s next practice, Cahill said the team will be focusing on more blocking and serve receiving to prepare for its upcoming game at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 against the University of California, Santa Cruz.