The fact that the team got to celebrate with an impressive 3-0 win was icing on the cake.
The Lancers defeated Holy Names in straight sets (25-16, 25-22, 25-13) to close out the regular season and senior outside hitter Ingrid Carmona led her team offensively, setting the program's all-time kill record in the process.
"We have an amazing group of seniors on this team and all five of them have contributed greatly to the success of this program," said CBU Head Coach Branden Higa. "The chemistry this team has starts with them and that's a big part of why we have been successful this season. As for Ingrid, I think that record will stand for a very long time."
The Lancers took control of the opening game with a 9-1 run midway through the set. CBU pounded 15 kills in the first game to just eight for HNU.
The second set turned into more of a dog fight as the Hawks held a 20-19 lead late.
Out of a Lancer timeout Kim McCalmont evened the set and then put CBU ahead with back-to-back kills. Jordyn Siko followed with an ace that froze the Hawks defense, prompting a timeout from the HNU sideline.
An error gave the Lancers a three point lead and despite giving up a pair of Hawk points, a McCalmont and Faith Steinwedell block followed by a Carmona kill ended it.
The moment of the night came earlier in the second game when Carmona ripped a kill from the back row, giving her a staggering 1,873 for her career to overtake Veraina Willis for the program record. Carmona finished with 13 kills on the night, 1,880 total for her four seasons.
"I knew about the record, but I really didn't think about it," said Carmona. "It's definitely an honor, but it could have never happened without the amazing teammates I have played with during my time here. Being here these last five years has changed me and it's been an amazing experience that I am so grateful for."
With Carmona's standing ovation from the crowd passed, the match went on and another dominating run in the third set by the Lancers turned a tight 12-10 game into a dominating 25-13 win for CBU as the Lancers closed the Hawks out.
Malika O'Brien posted the second highest kill total for CBU with nine, hitting .500 in the process. Jordyn Siko had 34 assists and Haley Musulman continued her stellar defensive play with a match high 15 digs.
"We got great contributions from a lot of players in this match, but the story of the night has to be Ingrid and what she accomplished," said Higa. "We all know what a great hitter and a great player she is, but she's really developed as the leader of this team. When she speaks this team listens and respects her, and that's the mark of a true leader. I've been lucky to coach her for this year and CBU is lucky to have had her for her career."
The win closes the Lancers regular season at 19-7 overall, 12-4 PacWest, locking up third place in the conference standings. Holy Names falls to 11-16, 8-8.
CBU opens postseason play next Thursday as the team hosts Azusa Pacific in the first round of the NCCAA West Regional Tournament.