Volleyball continues undefeated season

Outside hitter Amy Kratochvil goes up for the kill, while setter Ryan Winn prepares for the defensive dig. The Leopards defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in three sets and continued their undefeated season. / photo by Peter Schupmann
Outside hitter Amy Kratochvil goes up for the kill, while setter Ryan Winn prepares for the defensive dig. The Leopards defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in three sets and continued their undefeated season. / photo by Peter Schupmann

by Amanda Egan
Staff Writer

Women’s volleyball swept this week capturing three victories and continuing its undefeated streak.

Last Friday, La Verne beat conference opponent at University of Redlands in three quick games on the Bulldogs’ court, 30-27, 30-20, 30-24.

“The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is stronger this year. Redlands is by far the most improved,” said head coach Don Flora.

Amy Smith had nine kills, while Stacey Lupu had 11.

Redlands out-blocked ULV 7.5 to 3.5 but it was not enough to gain the win.

The Leopards played back-to-back days facing region opponent Chapman University on Saturday.

ULV defeated the Panthers in four games, 30-21, 28-30, 30-14, 30-20.

“We are making strides to meet our goals, which are to out-dig, out-block and hit .300 every game as a team in order to win SCIAC,” said junior Meridith Zembal.

Amy Kratochvil dominated with 22 kills.

“Amy had a great game,” said Flora.

The Leopards had six team blocks and hit .276.

ULV finished up the week against conference opponent Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the Supertents.

ULV sent the Athenas back to home after three games, 30-17, 31-29, 30-25.

“Our middle blockers Adriana Contreras and Stacey Lupu, played well,” said Flora.

Contreras had 13 kills and Lupu had 11 kills.

ULV moved up this week to No. 6 in the regional poll.

ULV was ranked No. 7 in the country at the start of the season, but because of their cancelled trip to Texas and their missed games they are not ranked in the top 20 in the nation.

“We are by far one of the top 10 teams in the country, we were unfairly docked by the National Poll committee,” said Flora.

Despite the ranking, La Verne plans to continue to train hard to win the conference title, and then see what it can do on the national scene.

ULV plays at home tonight against Pomona at 7:30.

“We have the opportunity to be a really good team,” said Flora.

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