Lady Red Hawks go 1-1 on day two of Master's Tourney
Simpson University Sports News
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - Simpson University's women's volleyball team took the court twice today on second day of The Master's College tournament. In their first game of the day, Simpson took on host The Master's College. The Mustangs won in three sets (20-25, 12-25, 22-25). In game two, the Lady Red Hawks earned their first victory of the season by defeating the Firestorm from Arizona Christian University in four sets (23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21.
The first match saw the Red Hawks struggle with the Mustangs' offense that mostly came from middle blocker Victoria Callihan who racked up 15 kills in the match. Although Simpson did not achieve the desired result, they still were able to compete with the Mustangs as Simpson received more great play from junior outside hitter Sarah Loogman who finished the match with nine kills.
In the second match, the Red Hawks again started the match slow dropping the first set 23-25 before finding the winning form that coach Carly Martinez has been searching for since taking over the head coaching position. The team was lead to victory by the stand out play of captain Kirsten Duren who had 26 kills and 43 assists and captain Jackie Nixon who lead the team tithe 29 kills. Also Cashel White had 16 kills, and Kelly Tycksen had a good match with 36 assists. Jamie Pickett played well on the defensive end digging 34 balls from the back row.
The win over Arizona Christian gives the Red Hawks their first win on the young season bringing their overall record to 1-4. They will be in action Friday, Aug. 26 in the third day of The Master's College tournament. They will face San Diego Christian at 10 a.m. and Hope International at 4 p.m.
Written by Dan Anderson
Photo by Paige Barrett
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