Simpson defeats OIT in five sets for first win of the season

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University women’s volleyball team recorded their first win of the season on Saturday, Sept. 14, when they defeated the Owls from the Oregon Institute of Technology in five sets (25-16, 23-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-11).

The Red Hawks came out strong and led the entire first set. The lead was 11-6 before Coach Jason Corwin from OIT called a timeout. The timeout only gave the Red Hawks more momentum, as a huge block from Jessica Lombardi kept the Red Hawks ahead 19-9. With the Red Hawks up 22-14, Coach Corwin used his second timeout of the match, but the Red Hawks powered through and won the first set 25-16.

“Our main goal was to be hungry for a win, to come out strong with high energy and to be effectively communicating the whole game,” said Lombardi.

The Owls, however, were not ready to give up. With the Owls leading 9-13, Coach Thomas Kirst called his first timeout to get his team back on track. Simpson didn’t seem to get it done the way Coach Kirst wanted them to, so he called his second timeout when the Red Hawks were down 17-23. Simpson got within two points with the Owls, but OIT took the second set 23-25.

In the third set, the Red Hawks started out strong with two straight aces from freshman Rachel Lowe and two kills from Lombardi. With the game tied at 12-12, the Owls took control the rest of the set and won 25-18.

Although the Red Hawks were down 2-1, they used being behind to fuel them into the fourth set. With crucial blocks from Lombardi, consistent play from Jamie Pickett and big kills from Lombardi, Audrey Green, and Katelynne Cavalli, the Red Hawks won the fourth set 25-23 to force a fifth game.

The fifth set was a battle, and both teams refused to give up. Senior Kelly Tycksen started the set with an ace, and the score was 4-0 before OIT used their first timeout. The Owls used their second timeout when they were down 11-7. The Red Hawks were able to secure the 15-11 win off an attack error from the Owls, kills from Green, and Cavalli’s game-winning kill.

“People can expect to see that same fire we had last night,” said Lombardi. “We are going to take those things we did well last night and perfect them in practice and also iron out our kinks so that when we do enter conference we are fully prepared and ready for whatever gets thrown at us.”

Green had a team-high 20 kills, with Lombardi right behind her with 12. Jazmin Wallace led the team with 14 digs, and Tycksen had a game-high 50 assists.

The Red Hawks will prepare for their next home game on Tuesday, September 17, when they host Walla Walla University at 7:30 p.m.


Story by Nichole Jones

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