Kelly Weese // Sports Editor
The Lady Chaps volleyball team got off to a slow start against No. 8 Rock Valley College last week. Due to the construction of the P.E. building, the scheduled home game was played at the Central Athletic Center in Wheaton.
The visiting Golden Eagles quickly took the lead in the first set. As the set progressed, a late comeback by the Chaps fell short as Rock Valley won 25-20.
After changing sides, COD’s woes continued as the momentum stayed with the Golden Eagles. The Lady Chaps kept pace with the No. 8 team in the country but Rock Valley proved to be too tough. The visitors won the second set 25-16.
“It’s something we’ve struggled with all year, we are just a slow starting team,” coach Pangan said. “We are a young team and it’s the end of the season.”
In the third set, the Golden Eagles put the Lady Chaps away with a 25-15 win. Swept in straight sets, COD’s record now stands at 12-16. With playoffs beginning at the end of the month, a week off from games will give the team plenty of practice time to prepare. The lone sophomore, Jackie Bartnicki said, “We need to realize that we can’t dwell on mistakes. We have to capitalize when we make a good play and take the momentum and run with it.”
The Lady Chaps have an opportunity to put an exclamation point on the end of their season with playoffs approaching. Also, with a young team comprised of mostly freshman, the team can gain experience in the playoffs going into next year. With most of the team set to return, the future of Lady Chaps volleyball can be very bright.