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September 01 [Mon], 2014, 18:01

Chapman splashes into top 20 in water polo

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Chapman water polo coach rod hormell doesn't hold back.He's the first to say the panthers had"A miserable season"In 1993.

His assessment has changed.Last weekend, the panthers beat uc davis, then ranked 16th in the nation, 16 15, in the semifinals of the pomona pitzer tournament.It was chapman's first victory over a nationally ranked team and although the panthers lost to claremont mudd, 10 8, in the tournament final, they cracked the national rankings this week for the first time.

Chapman, ranked 19th, is an ncaa division iii program, but water polo rankings don't take divisions into account.Stanford is the top ranked team in the same poll.Claremont is no.17.

But hormell says chapman still has problems.For instance, because of injuries and other commitments, only five of the 13 players on the team were able to make practice tuesday.

"I said, 'this is the 19th ranked team in the country, are you kidding me?'"Hormell said.

Injuries and a lack of stamina also contributed to the panthers' loss to claremont sunday.Chapman led much of the game, until the stags took control in the fourth quarter.Tim sylvester, a freshman from los alamitos and one of the panthers' strongest players, injured his shoulder in the first half and left the game.Another player got into foul trouble.

"I don't want to say claremont didn't play a good game,"Hormell said. "But we played three good quarters, then due to injuries we had to start going down our bench. "

Last season that would have been impossible chapman barely had reserves.But hormell has brought in several players to go with his solid core of chad roberts, miles takahashi, jason gaw and anthony hustler.

Sylvester, steve wellington, another freshman, juan felsman, a transfer from golden west college, and pat karayan, a transfer from grossmont, give the panthers more skill and depth.

The panthers(5 3)Have a good chance to make postseason play, the eight team western water polo assn.Tournament in november, but hormell says they are no powerhouse.

"We're still a darkhorse,"Hormell said. "We could be a spit in the pan here today and gone tomorrow if we keep having these injuries. "Coach 100:The chapman women's volleyball team is also experiencing an impressive turnaround.The panthers, 4 20 last year, are 14 3 this season.

Last friday, they defeated uc santa cruz at the menlo tournament and gave coach mary cahill her 100th victory in six years at chapman.

After chapman swept through the tournament and after a five game victory over the master's wednesday, cahill is 105 lv bags online 77.

But cahill is mostly celebrating the fact that chapman is winning again.

"Let's just say i can take losses and put then into perspective because of last year,"She said. "I can take ugly wins really good too. "

Chapman, which has won seven consecutive matches, has been bolstered by three freshmen who start:Middle blockers addy benard from rosary high, anne hoffman from scottsdale, ariz., and Shanea Bishop from Placerville.

Lori fuller, who played at fullerton college and el modena high, and sophomore shawna parkinson, are providing strong play at outside hitter.Fuller was named the most valuable player of the menlo tournament;Parkinson was named to Louis vuitton handbags buy the all tournament team.

That means todd gragnano, who started the panthers' second game saturday, will again be the backup.Gragnano completed six of 16 passes for 68 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the panthers' 34 14 victory over claremont mudd.But mostly he handed off to running back darnell morgan.

After the game, gragnano said he was still rusty.He last played in 1991 at nebraska in mop up roles;He last started in 1989 for los alamitos louis vuitton uk online high.

"I played all right but i know i can do better,"He said. "I came here to play, and i'm not getting as much time as i thought but it doesn't bother me, because we are winning and i'm having a lot of fun. ".

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