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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Volleyball team provided a push late against Chapman University Tuesday night looking to end their 13-game winning streak but couldn't complete the comeback as they fell in four sets 25-21, 26-24, 23-25, 25-23.
Sophomore Kathea Schamblin (Bakersfield, Calif.) had her breakout game of her career posting an 18 kill effort along with 21 digs and five service aces. Franki Piloto (Ontario, Calif.) added six kills with six pick-ups and five block assists and both Katelyn Popoff (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) and Alaina Rhee (Kent, WA) each added five kills, with Rhee also registering six blocks.
In the backrow Katie Engle (Whittier, Calif.) led the defense with 22 digs along with a pair of assists and three aces and Makayla Wright (Covina, Calif.) who is back at 100% finished with 22 assists and 11 digs posting her 13th double double on the season.
Chapman got off to a strong start 11-4 in the opening frame and then extended that lead to 17-12. The Purple & Gold then added four of the next five with two kills from Piloto and Popoff coupled with a pair of attacking errors by CU that made it a two-point deficit at 18-16. This was the closest WC would get as CU would go on a 5-1 run that pushed the advantage back to six as they would hold on for the 25-21 opening set win.
An early run in the second set put Chapman on top once again this time at 11-5. Whittier was able to string together a 4-1 run after that with Schamblin coming alive with a pair of strikes. But again the Panthers were able to answer this time with four straight that moved the score to 16-9. This deficit though did not deter Whittier as they would battle back with a 6-1 run thanks to three errors by CU, a service ace and kill from Schamblin and an attack inside by Rhee. This again pulled Whittier within two at 17-15 and they continued to push. After a pair of attacking errors from Chapman that kept it a two point deficit Whittier went on a 3-0 run with Schamblin again answering with two kills that tied the set up at 24-24. But again Whittier couldn't convert down the stretch as a block and kill for the Panthers would give them the second putting WC in a 2-0 hole.
Whittier didn't go away quietly as they would take the third set. They jumped out in front 7-1 with a strong serving performance from Schamblin, which included a pair of service aces. Chapman rallied to get within one at 9-8 but again Whittier was able to find their stride again with a 9-3 run that moved the score to 18-11. CU though didn't go away rallying with their own 6-1 run that got them within two at 20-18. But this comeback would stop short as Whittier would get a service ace from Engle, and a pair of kills from Marissa Montoya (Glendora, Calif.) that moved the overall match score to 2-1.
It looked like Whittier would even the match at two sets apiece after going out in front 7-3 and then holding a lead at 21-19. But this advantage wouldn't hold as CU would rally with six of the next eight points to steal the road victory.
Whittier has the weekend off before returning to conference action next Tuesday, October 15 against the University of Redlands on the road. Game time set for 7:00pm.