Senior Captain's Double-Double Debut Leads CMS to Victory in Season Opener
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas volleyball won its season opener in a five game battle with Chapman University Wednesday night at Ducey Gym. The Athenas fell six points behind in game one before stringing together a series of points behind Camille Butts' ('08, Ontario, CA) serve, narrowly winning 31-29. Games two and three saw momentum shift in favor of Chapman as the Panthers pressured the CMS serve receive and forced hitting errors. Chapman capitalized on CMS mistakes, edging them out, 25-30, 20-30. The Athenas took the floor with renewed energy in game four, scoring 18 kills with only three hitting errors to win markedly, 30-22, and carried the momentum into game five with a stuff block at the net in the first play of the game. Ahead 12-9, CMS missed a serve and nearly gave up the match as Chapman went on a four point run to take the lead 13-12, before the Athenas regained the serve and scored on two strong swings to win the match. Though starting the night with only a single freshman on the floor, the evening ended with five of the seven newcomers contributing, including Kendra Huff (Downey, CA) who came in late in game two and finished the night with 11 kills. Senior middle blocker, Camille Butts led the team with 15 kills, while fellow middle blocker, Helena Bottemiller ('09, Burien, WA) and senior outside hitter, Lindsay Hull (Phoenix, AZ) chipped in 13 apiece. Hull also added 11 digs, while setter Alex Harrison (Tucson, AZ) notched 12 digs and junior libero, Greer Donley (Leawood, KS) led the defensive effort with 19. Chapman was led by freshman setter Kat Kowalski and Nicole Powers who had 23 kills and 20 digs. Sophomore libero Linda Ly was outstanding with 28 digs. The Athenas will compete this weekend as host of the Pacific Coast Classic. The team squares off with Linfield at 2:00 and will face Tufts College at 6:30.