The CMS Athenas improved their record to 5-0 with a three game sweep of the Chapman University Panthers Tuesday night in Orange, CA. Despite missing eight serves in the first two sets, the CMS defense held the Panthers at bay and helped the team lodge a pair of narrow 25-23 wins. In the third set, CMS limited its service errors to just one and hit .310 en route to a decisive 25-15 victory. Freshman newcomer, Bennett Jones paced the team offensively from the middle with 10 kills on 18 attempts. She was joined by veteran right side hitter, Angela Estrella-Lemus (Sr., Gilroy, CA) who finished with 8 kills to lead the CMS attack. Outside hitters, Emily Hudson (Jr., South Pasadena, CA), Allie Macy (Sr., Walnut, CA) and Kendra Huff (Sr., Downey, CA) combined for an additional 18 kills. Sophomore setter, Taylor Jones was outstanding, totalling 35 assists and 18 digs in the effort.
The Athenas will continue non-conference play this weekend as they travel to Cal Lutheran University for the Cal-Lu-Fornia Lutheran Invitational. Play begins Friday evening at 5:00 as CMS takes on LeTourneau University before facing regional opponent, George Fox University at 7:00 pm. On Saturday, the Athenas will meet Whitman College (1:00 pm) and Willamette University (5:00 pm).