The women’s volleyball team’s hot streak was halted when they suffered a tough loss at the hands of non-conference National Associate of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Cal State San Marcos (3-1) Tuesday.
The game, which was played at Escondido High School, was Chapman’s second to last out of conference game of the year and marked the team’s third loss in ten games.
“They just fought harder than we did,” said senior middle-back Laura Posada.
The Panthers (12-4) fell behind early, dropping the first set 25-16, but were able to rally back winning the second set 25-19.
“They came out really strong and we dug a hole for ourselves that we could not recover from,” Posada said.
The Cougars (17-8) were too much too handle, and won the next two sets, 25-20 and 25-18, with 16 kills in the fourth set to put the Panthers away.
“They passed really well and served really well,” said junior libero Carleigh Mueller. “They are a very strong team.”
The Panthers were held together by senior middle blocker Kate Ferrin who had 12 kills, Posada who had 10 kills and Mueller who led the team with 23 digs. Posada also had two aces.
The players know that moving in the right direction after a loss like this will be instrumental in the remainder of the season.
“We just need to focus on being consistent and fight for every point,” said junior setter Corrine Ostrovsky. “A big part of the problem against San Marcos was that we let them get on runs of five or six points. We can’t allow that and expect to win.”
While the loss may be tough to handle for the Panthers, the Cougars are a NAIA program, not an NCAA Division III program like Chapman, and are able to offer athletic scholarships. This gives the Cougars an advantage over Division III teams like Chapman.
The Panthers return home and welcome the visiting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 as the team looks to remain atop the SCIAC.