Chapman improved to 2-0 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) with a resounding 3-0 victory at Redlands Friday night.
Last week, in between Chapman’s conference victories, Chapman lost to Colorado College, the sixth ranked team in Division III, but used the loss as a learning experience.
“That match was a huge morale boost,” said senior libero Andi Frisina, who posted 16 digs against Redlands. “That match against Colorado proved to us that we could play with the big teams. We knew coming into this match that we just need to execute and that will help push us through conference.”
Chapman set the tone right away, cruising to a 25-18 first set victory. And, Chapman did not step off the gas, never allowing Redlands to score more than 20 points in a set and winning both the second and third set 25-20.
With two dominating wins to start off SCIAC conference matches, it is obvious that the Panthers have high hopes moving forward.
“Tonight was a really good team win and it will give us a lot of momentum moving forward,“ said sophomore middle back Ellen Cleveland, who posted five kills.
Now, with three wins under its belt, Chapman has a schedule of only conference matches ahead. The Panthers’ next match is on the road Friday Sept. 26 against La Verne. The Leopards prove to be a daunting foe after topping Occidental and upsetting Colorado College.
“What we need to do is to take each game one point at a time,” Frisina said. “We need to eliminate runs and not put ourselves in situations where we need to come back.”
Through 11 games, junior outside hitter Michele Hammer leads Chapman with 131 kills, and Frisina leads the team with 201 digs. Hammer is also second on the team with 115 kills. Senior setter Morgan Slater holds the team lead with 313 assists and is third on the squad with 95 digs.
Chapman will also host Whittier Saturday Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Hutton Sports Center.
“Volleyball is a game of momentum,” Frisina said. “If we can carry this win over to La Verne as well, it will really set the tone for the rest of conference.”