Chapman defeats Pacific Lutheran in three sets to move on to second round
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- No. 21 Chapman made quick work of its first-round opponent No. 16 Pacific Lutheran, defeating the Lutes in three sets (25-13, 25-15, 25-22) at the NCAA Division III West Regionals at the Gilbert Arena on Friday.
The Panthers return to the second round of the playoffs for a consecutive season where they will face the winner of No. 12 Puget Sound and No. 18 Colorado College on Saturday at Cal Lutheran.
In a regional tournament that features six of the top-25 teams, lower-ranked Chapman (24-6) pulled off a surprise with the three-set sweep against the Northwest Conference champions.
The clinching third set was the tightest of the match with Pacific Lutheran (20-6) leading through the first half and attempting to fight off elimination. Chapman finally took its first lead of the set at 13-12, but the score remained close thereafter. Trailing 19-18, the Panthers rallied to out-score the Lutes 7-3 and win 25-22 to earn the sweep.
Seniors Ashleigh Gideon and Kate Ferrin stepped up to lead Chapman offensively in the match. The duo led all players with 12 kills apiece, while Ferrin committed no errors and moved into fourth place in Chapman history with a career 1,013 kills. Junior McKenna Roice added 11 kills.
The Panthers struggled to separate themselves early, but with the first set tied at eight, the Panthers warmed up. Chapman closed out the first set winning 17 of 23 points, creating some momentum heading into the second frame.
In the second set Chapman led from start, finishing 25-15. The Panthers turned a close 11-8 lead and extended it to 16-9 midway through the set, thanks in part to back-to-back kills from Ferrin.
Junior Corrine Ostrovsky finished with 40 assists for Chapman and junior libero Carleigh Mueller earned a match-high 22 digs.
For Pacific Lutheran, sophomore Amy Wooten finished with a team-high 10 kills.
The Panthers' 24 wins equals last season's win total, which tied a school record. Chapman won an all-time school record 27 matches back in 1989.