Simpson falls to Northwest Christian in season opener
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University's women's volleyball team took to the court in their first game this season where they suffered a loss to the hands of the visiting Beacons from Northwest Christian University in four sets (21-25, 25-19, 16-25, 23-25). The game also marked the coaching debut of Carly Martinez for the Red Hawks who was hoping to start her career on a bit of a better note.
In the first set, the Red Hawks started a bit slow. The Beacons capitalized on that slow start jumping out to an early lead with outstanding play by sophomore setter Cori Wallace and sophomore outside hitter Maren Mansfield. Nevertheless, the Red Hawks were able to gather themselves and make a set out of it when junior outside hitter Sarah Loogman took matters into her own hands creating points out of nothing for the Red Hawks. The comeback wasn't enough though as the Red Hawks dropped the first set 21-25.
As the teams entered the second set, the Red Hawks took control right away and jumped out to an early lead. More impressive play by Loogman as well as senior outside hitter Cashel White helped the Red Hawks hold on to the lead pressing on to a 25-19 second set victory.
Unfortunately, the Red Hawks hit a wall where they were hampered by some unforced errors and more of the great play by Mansfield and Wallace. Senior outside hitter Danielle Nance also got in on the action as the Beacons extended their lead to double figures eventually winning the set by nine 16-25. The fourth set was more of the same from the Beacon offense and they cruised to victory 25-23.
Up next for the Red Hawks is a lengthy five day road trip that will include their participation in The Master's College Tournament that starts on Wednesday in Santa Clarita, Calif.
Written by Dan Anderson
Photo by Paige Barrett
Pictured Above: Jackie Nixon
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