Women’s volleyball bump Leopards from top spot

Chapman defeats rival La Verne 3-1, moving to No. 1 in the SCIAC.

Junior setter Corrine Ostrovsky (13) congratulates freshman outside hitter Nicole Moy (17) after a point-winning hit against Hope International Tuesday night. Photo by Adam Ottke

In front of a packed Hutton Sports Center, the women’s volleyball team knocked off the SCIAC No. 1 ranked University of La Verne Saturday night 3-1 to improve its record to 17-4 (10-1).

By beating La Verne (17-3, 10-2), the Panthers took hold of the top spot in the SCIAC.

“We played tough,” said Val Geiger, sophomore middle blocker. “We were thirsty for a win. We just wanted it more than they did.”

The Panthers won the final set 27-25 in a game where both teams fought until the whistle blew. Neither team won a set by more than two points, with Chapman pulling out at the end to take the victory.

Both sides relied heavily on their hard hits and strong spikes, yet it was the Panthers’ defense that pushed them over the top.

“We blocked really well,” said Head Coach Mary Cahill. “We have a scrappy defense and were able to get some good blocks.”

La Verne is the only SCIAC team to beat Chapman this season with a 3-2 win Sept. 25.

Chapman was lead by seniors middle blocker Kate Ferrin and outside hitter Ashleigh Gideon with 17 and 14 kills respectively. Yet it was their setter junior Corrine Ostrovsky who orchestrated the Panther attack, finishing with a game high 52 assists.

“This game just showed us that if we play this well, no one can stop us,” Ostrovsky said.

Coming off another conference win against Cal Tech (0-15, 0-12) Friday, the Panthers improved their winning streak to five, wrapping up a competitive SCIAC weekend. Chapman outscored the Beavers 75-29 in the 3-0 road win.

The Panthers had another 3-0 sweep Tuesday when they dismantled Hope International University.

Chapman had complete control throughout the match. The team’s offense completely overwhelmed the Royals by making quick plays and striking often.

Relying on Ferrin’s 13 kills and Gideon’s 11 kills for guidance, the Panthers were able to set and control the pace of the match, winning the sets 25-17, 25-15, and 25-16. Constantly finding her way into the mix in Tuesday’s match, Ostrovsky finished the game with an impressive 47 assists.

“We all rely on [Ostrovsky] to make the offense happen,” said junior outside hitter Jenny Gibson. “She doesn’t have all the flashy plays but she’s key to the team.”

Despite the size of the Royals up front, the Panther defense contained them to less than 18 points every set. This style of play is something the Panthers have been working on throughout the year.

The Panthers travel to Occidental College Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. match.

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