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Chapman Knocks Lutes Out of Regional Tournament

Lutes line up for player introductions

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Pacific Lutheran saw its 2012 volleyball season come to an end on Friday afternoon as Chapman swept the Lutes in an opening round match of the Division III regional tournament hosted by California Lutheran University.

The set scores were 25-13, 25-15, 25-22.

The Lutes, who came into the tournament as the No. 7 seed, saw their season end with a 20-6 overall record. The Panthers, the No. 2 seed, improve to 24-6 and advance to a Saturday afternoon semifinal match between the winner of the contest between Puget Sound and Colorado College.

Chapman showed why it among the Division III national leaders in several offensive categories. If finished with an impressive .314 team attack percentage and spread the wealth between Ashleigh Gideon and Kate Ferrin with 12 kills each and McKenna Roice with 11. Ferrin had her 12 kills with no errors on 19 attempts, a .632 percentage.

The Lutes, meanwhile, had trouble getting into their offense until the third set. Amy Wooten led the team wtih 10 kills and Becca Holtgeerts added seven as the team finished with a .116 attack percentage.

PLU was in the first set early, and in fact led 10-9 before the Panthers ran off 10 of the next 11 points to take control. They maintained that momentum throughout the second set, putting the Lutes in a big hole.

Facing the end of their season, the Lutes gave everything they had in the final set, leading by as many as three points early on. In the end, however, the Panthers' offense was just too much.

Senior libero Blair Bjorkman, named to the All-West Region first team, had a team-high 20 digs, and senior setter Brianne Vincent ended up with 21 assists and two block assists. Bethany Huston finished with five block assists for the Lutes.

For Chapman, Division III national leader Corrine Ostrovsky had 40 assists and libero Carleigh Mueller contributed a match-high 22 digs.

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