Volleyball finds third straight loss at Cal Lu

Chapman women’s volleyball team was shutout 3-0 at California Lutheran Tuesday night.  Tuesday’s loss against No. 1 Cal Lu slides Chapman (2-3) into sixth in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC).

“The thing that hurt us the most was our unforced errors. We didn’t make as many in the second set, so the score was much closer,” said junior outside Michele Hammer.

Senior libero Andi Frisina said her team worked to hold its own against such a strong team.

“It was nice to see us get out of the little funk that we were in,” Frisina said. “We’ve played Cal Lu and La Verne, which are the top two teams. I think we’re going do okay.”

Cal Lu set the tone in the first set with a commanding 25-13 win. The Panthers played better in the second set, but lost 25-20. Ultimately, the Panthers fell to Cal Lu in the third set 25-11. Sophomore middle blocker Ellen Cleveland said her team could improve.

“For the third set we needed to stay consistent,” Cleveland said. “But we lacked discipline and consistency.”

Hammer had seven kills during the game and senior middle blocker Val Geiger had six. After the first round of the conference, the Panthers will play every team again.

Frisina said she feels confident that the Panthers can rally in the second round of conference games.

“We can hang with every team we have lost against,” Frisina said.

The Panthers take on Pomona-Pitzer at home Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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