Women’s volleyball swept in playoff loss

Senior outside hitter Kiley McGill hits the ball in Chapman’s win against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Sept. 23. Chapman was eliminated from the playoffs after losing 3-0 to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Nov. 2. Panther archives

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. The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) semifinal appearance was Chapman’s first since since 2013.

“(The season) was, overall, a success,” said head coach Mary Cahill. “Beating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at our place was awesome.”

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,” said senior middle blocker Lauren Friend.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps kept 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 games in a row and fell out of the playoff picture.

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

Chapman will return four starters and one 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,” said Friend, who is one of the returning starters. “I can’t wait to come out and see what we do next season.”

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