The University of Redlands volleyball team turned in a convincing performance, destroying, pummeling, crushing (whatever you want to call it) Chapman 25-16, 25-8 25-12 in a regional quarterfinal on Thursday.
Volleyball is usually a sport of momentum swings. One team doesn’t dominate for three entire games. The other team has a run in it somewhere. Not this time.
It’s also hard to believe the Bulldogs (23-5) haven’t even sniffed the top 25 this season. Both Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran are ranked and both were dismissed by SCIAC teams earlier in the day.
So three of the four finalists are SCIAC teams. Any question that all three were deserving of playoff spots was answered in a big way.
So next up is La Verne, which also played well in beating Pacific Lutheran. And the Leopards are the perennial national title contender. They have the poise and experience of having been there before.
It will be the fourth time the teams have played with Redlands winning two of three. It should be a good one!