Women’s volleyball dominate in and out of conference

Junior outside hitter Lena Buckendorf (11) spikes the ball over the net against Hope International at home Tuesday evening. Photo by Adam Ottke

The women’s volleyball team continued its stellar play against Hope International University (3-13, 1-6) Tuesday, beating the Royals 3-0 in a non-conference game. The win improves the Panthers’ record to 15-4.

Coming off conference wins against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (12-7, 5-5) and Redlands (6-10, 2-8), the Panthers had a less competitive contest facing the Royals, who didn’t pose much of a threat.

“We played steady all three sets and really had control throughout the match,” said junior right side hitter McKenna Roice. “We were all communicating and beating them is really good for our confidence.”

Chapman’s offense overwhelmed the Royals by making quick plays and striking often.

Relying on senior middle blocker Kate Ferrin and senior outside hitter Ashleigh Gideon, who had 13 and 11 kills respectively, for guidance, the Panthers were able to control the pace of the match, winning the sets 25-17, 25-15, and 25-16. Constantly finding her way into the mix in Tuesday’s match, junior setter Corrine Ostrovsky finished the game with an impressive 47 assists.

“We all rely on [Ostrovsky] to make the offense happen,” said junior outside hitter Jenny Gibson. “She doesn’t have all the flashy plays but she’s key to the team.”

Despite the Royals’ size at the net, the Panther defense contained them to less than 18 points every set. This style of play is something the Panthers have been working on throughout the year.

“We always play scrappy, tough defense,” said Head Coach Mary Cahill.

The Panthers hope to continue the recent domination as they head into a competitive weekend of SCIAC opponents.

Cal Tech (0-13, 0-10) welcomes the Panthers Friday, but Chapman has its sights narrowed on the La Verne Leopards (16-2, 9-1), the only SCIAC team to defeat Chapman. La Verne, Chapman and Cal Lutheran are tied for first place in the SCIAC.

“We’re more prepared for them and excited to play them here at home,” Cahill said. The Panthers welcome La Verne to the Hutton Sports Center for a 6 p.m. game Saturday.

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