The 2018 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) women's volleyball postseason tournament is set to begin on Thursday, November 1 on the campus of the first and second seeds.
The defending NCAA Division III national champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) (24-3 overall) women's volleyball team secured the top seed in the 2018 SCIAC Postseason Tournament following a 15-1 regular season record in conference play. The Athenas will host fourth-seed La Verne (18-10) after the Leopards secured a 10-6 mark in league action during the 2018 campaign. First-serve of the semifinal is set for 7 p.m. in Claremont, Calif.
Thursday's other semifinal contest features second-seeded California Lutheran (17-10 overall) as the Regals secured the second slot after posting an 11-5 tally in SCIAC matches during the regular season. They will host third-seeded Chapman (19-7 overall) which earned its seeding on a tiebreaker after finishing with a 10-6 ledger in conference play. That semifinal match is also slated for 7 p.m. in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
CMS and La Verne met twice during the regular season with the Athenas posting a 3-2 win over the Leopards on Sept. 18, and a 3-0 win on October 13. Cal Lutheran and Chapman split the regular season series with the Panthers securing a 3-1 win on September 28, while the Regals notched a 3-2 win on October 23.
The winners of the semifinal matchups will the square off in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament final Saturday, November 3 on the campus of the highest remaining seed.
The Tournament Field at a Glance
CMS enters SCIAC Postseason Tournament action riding a seven-match winning streak, having dropped just three sets during that stretch. The Athenas are led by Amanda Walker who has smashed 363 kills (3.59 per set) and logged 124 digs, to go with 66 total blocks so far in 2018. Phoebe Madsen has paced the CMS offense with 833 assists (7.86 per frame), and has added 156 kills and 310 digs. Defensive specialist Sarah Tritschler leads the team with 532 digs, averaging 5.07 digs per set, while Melanie Moore has delivered 93 total blocks.
Cal Lutheran takes the court having won seven of its last eight matches led by Amanda Walker who has totaled 321 kills (3.12 kills per set), and is second on the team in digs with 311 (3.02 digs per frame). Steph Rolfson leads the Regals with 775 assists (7.83 per set), while Carly Rose Howard has registered 416 digs from her libero position, averaging 4.12 digs per set. Maci Haddad has been a force at the net for Cal Lutheran, contributing 109 total blocks (1.08 per frame) to go along with 258 kills and a .365 hitting percentage.
Chapman has won four of its last seven contests, but is looking to snap its three-match losing slide entering SCIAC postseason play. The Panthers are led by Jessi Lumsden who has notched 324 kills (3.45 kills per set) and recorded 202 digs (2.15 digs per frame). Sophie Srivastava has helped direct the attack with 495 assists (5.27 assists per set) in addition to collecting 260 kills (2.77 per frame) and 227 digs (2.41 per set) to go along with 65 total blocks. Defensive specialist Sara Utsugi leads Chapman in digs with 424 (4.51 per set), while Lauren Friend has contributed 88 total blocks for the Panthers.
La Verne hits the hardwood after winning five of its final six matches to close out the regular season. The Leopards are led by Kelsie Sievers who has logged 372 kills (3.61 per set) and 55 total blocks, while Madison Maynes has been the catalyst of the offense with 1035 assists (10.05 per set) and 287 digs (2.79 digs per frame). Libero Kristen Sanchez has provided 560 digs so far in 2018 for La Verne, averaging 5.44 digs per set, while Katelyn Winiecki leads the team in blocks with 76 total stuffs.