Volleyball snaps losing streak

The Chapman women’s volleyball team claimed a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) home win Tuesday night, sweeping Redlands in the three sets, 25-12, 25-17 and 25-20.

The victory broke Chapman’s three match losing streak and improved to 4-5 in SCIAC play with seven league matches left in the regular season. The Panthers now sit fifth in SCIAC standings, tied with Whittier.

“Last night was a huge win for the team,” Hammer said. “It is the start of the second half of conference and this proves that we have the passion, heart and team chemistry to finish the second half with a winning streak. We have amazing talent on this team and we have finally utilized each person’s strength to come out with this win.”

Senior middle blocker Val Geiger led the match in kills with 13, and also contributed a team-high five blocks. Sophomore setter Jade Santos also completed 30 assists throughout the three sets, and senior libero Andi Frisina had a match-high 20 digs.

Outside hitter Michelle Hammer, who has reached double figures in kills in 12 of Chapman’s matches this season, added a 10-kill performance that was highlighted by her five kills in the match’s second set.

Frisina said she felt that the atmosphere inside Hutton Sports Center made a positive impact on the team’s ability to keep momentum swinging in its favor during key runs.

“We love playing at home in front of our own fans and we’re happy that we were able to get a win for them,” Frisina said. “It was a great win at home and we played cohesively as a team.”

Consistency had been an issue for the Panthers during their previous three home losses. On Tuesday, they were able to capitalize on long scoring runs, notably through Hammer and Geiger in the first and second sets during key four-point unanswered runs.

“Don’t underestimate us. We have a fire and passion that can overcome anything,” Hammer said. “This group of ladies isn’t going to put up with a loss any longer.”

The Panthers face UC Santa Cruz next in a home non-SCIAC matchup Friday at 7:30 p.m., followed by an away SCIAC match versus Caltech Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

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