Slow start costs Simpson conference win
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University women’s volleyball team hosted the Oaks of Menlo College on Friday, Oct. 4. Simpson lost 3-1(14-25, 8-25, 28-26, 21-25).
In the first set, Menlo came out strong and capitalized on Simpson’s lack of energy by scoring the first six points. A kill from sophomore Audrey Green stopped Menlo’s run, but the Oaks continued to push the lead. With the score 8-15, Coach Thomas Kirst called his first timeout of the night. The Oaks, not losing focus, used the timeout to their advantage and forced Kirst to call his second timeout with the score 11-22. Continuing the momentum that they had, Menlo secured the first set in a 14-25 victory.
In the second set, the Red Hawks continued to struggle to find their energy. With a service error to start the second set, Simpson tried to stop the Oaks on their numerous runs, but they weren’t successful. Menlo won the second set 8-25. The difference showed in the amount of errors. Simpson had 11 errors compared to Menlo’s three.
Using the first two sets to fuel themselves, the Red Hawks refused to let Menlo gain too big of a lead. Junior Jessica Lombardi, who struggled in the first two sets, was the glue for the Red Hawks and led both teams in kills with four in the third set. With help from Green, the Red Hawks took the third set 28-26.
In the final set, Green continued to make key plays to keep the Red Hawks within two points of Menlo. With the set tied at 17-17, Menlo pulled ahead by three before Simpson took their first timeout. With back-to-back errors from the Oaks, Simpson would find themselves down 20-21. The Oaks found open spots in the Red Hawk’s defense to close the final set 21-25.
The Red Hawks will look to bounce back as they host Pacific Union College Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m.
Story by Nichole Jones
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.