Red Hawks lose home opener to Beacons

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. - Coach Thomas Kirst and the Simpson University women’s volleyball team hosted the Beacons from Northwest Christian University on Sunday, Sept. 1 in their home opener. The Beacons defeated the Red Hawks in three straight sets (25-18, 25-14, 25-14).

In the first set, the Red Hawks got an early lead as the Beacons had back-to back errors. The Beacons quickly pulled themselves from behind to take the lead after a 9-9 tie. With the Beacons leading 17-13, Coach Krist called a timeout and got the Red Hawks back on track. Simpson closed the four-point gap, but it wasn’t enough and Northwest Christian won 25-18.

The Beacons came out strong in the second set. Northwest Christian senior Maren Mansfield had four aces, and Simpson had no answer. After a Simpson timeout, with the score 0-6, the Red Hawks allowed one more ace before a Beacon error. With the score 1-9, sophomore Audrey Green had a powerful block to end the Beacon’s run. Northwest Christian won the second set 25-14.

In the third set, the Red Hawks came out energetic and opened the set with a 5-3 lead. The Beacons gained a 12-9 lead after multiple Simpson errors and ended the set with a 25-14 victory. Junior Jamie Pickett played a great set for Simpson by remaining consistent and having numerous saves.

Jessica Lombardi led the Red Hawks with seven kills, and Kelly Tycksen led the team with 17 digs.

The Red Hawks will get a well-deserved amount of rest and practices as they prepare for their next game on September 14 at 5 p.m. when they host the Owls of Oregon Institute of Technology. The Red Hawks and the Owls faced each other earlier this season, and the Owls came away with the 3-1 win.


Story by Nichole Jones

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