Volleyball opens preseason with disappointment

The women’s volleyball team opened up the preseason with a disappointing four game loss at the Pacific Coast Classic tournament hosted by Claremont-Mudd Scripps on Aug. 29 and 30 in Claremont.

Chapman struggled throughout the tournament, going 0-4 in the two-day competition.

The Panthers started the tournament with a loss against St. Scholastica Friday, falling 0-3.

They continued to struggle as they faced off against UC Santa Cruz for the second game of the day. Despite some positive improvements around the net, the Panthers lost 1-3.

Hoping that a new day would bring better luck, Chapman took on Whitworth with similar results, falling to the Pirates 0-3.

As they faced the Wheaton Thunder for the final game of the tournament on Aug. 30, the Panthers once again fell victim to sloppy play, losing 0-3.

Although they failed to win a game, sophomore outside-hitter Halle Erdahl said the tournament was an opportunity for the team to get settled and prepare for the season.

“We were really trying different lineups to see what works and help get the first game jitters out of the way,” she said. “We started to flow pretty well towards the end of the first day and into the second.”

Playing without senior middle-blocker Val Geiger, the Panthers were unable to get into a rhythm offensively. Geiger, who during this offseason underwent surgery on both her knee and foot has only recently started to practice with the team again.

Erdahl said another issue was the team’s inability to pass the ball, which prevented them from executing the offense.

“When you struggle with passing, the setter can’t set and the hitter can’t hit,” she said.

Working on passing will be a focus of the Panthers this season as they look to replace Corrine Ostrovsky, Chapman’s career leader in assists who graduated last year.

Despite the poor results, the Panthers have to move on as they prepare for the Posada Royale Invitational on Sept. 5 and 6, the last preseason competition before the season starts.

Erdahl said that in order for the team to succeed, they have to focus on mentally preparing for every game.

“We have a lot of talent on the team but we have to prepare and practice like we’re in game mode,” she said. “The effort is there but the execution and discipline isn’t.”

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