Kicking off the game with an ace, the Panthers steamrolled to a dominating 3-0 victory over the Cal Tech Beavers Wednesday night.
Coming back from a disappointing 1-7 start to the season, Chapman looked confident and aggressive playing in front of their home crowd.
“We just wanted to come out here and play like we practice, which is high intensity and with a lot of energy,” said sophomore middle back Ellen Cleveland, who added four kills to the victory.
It was evident that the home environment played a large role in the Panther’s success. Beginning with an aggressive warm-up, cheering fans, loud teammates on the sideline and good communication, it’s no wonder the Panthers were fired up tonight.
Junior Michele Hammer posted six kills and seven digs, both of which led the team, but credited tonight’s improvement to how well the team united on the court.
“We’re just really good when we come together on the court and we’re encouraging everyone. We love the game, but we do it for each other, for the team,” Hammer said. “This is a good win for us so I think now that we have the confidence to actually win a match. We just need to work together. Every game we’re improving.”
Looking forward to a match Friday at Whittier’s court against sixth ranked Colorado College, coach Mary Cahill knows what’s at stake.
“It’s going to be totally opposite of what this one was,” Cahill said. “I hope we just play our game and play well. Win or lose. I just hope we play well.”