Red Hawks Defeat Embry-Riddle for First Conference Win
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University women’s volleyball team hosted the Embry-Riddle Eagles on Oct. 4. The Red Hawks won in four sets (25-20, 15-25, 25-16, 25-21).
In the first set, freshman Ashley Cervantes started off playing smart, and senior Victoria Furze had a kill to get the Red Haws on the board. Junior Jazmin Wallace came into the game and had some great serves and a big ace to put the Red Hawks up 6-2. Wallace also had a big dig that caused the Eagles to have a misplay. Freshman Diean Manu served up an ace, making the score 8-7. Sophomore Aimee Belleville had a big hit through an Eagles’ block to make the score 10-7. Junior Michelle Aleong came into to serve, and Belleville had another big block to bring the score to 14-9. Then senior Jessica Lombardi had a big kill, which caused Embry-Riddle to use a timeout with the Red Hawks leading 15-9. The timeout did not faze Cervantes and freshman Stevielee Jansen, whose combined efforts resulted in a huge kill, making the score 16-9. Wallace once again had some key serves and also had a dig to Cervantes. Cervantes passed to Furze, who put the ball away for the kill. Lombardi had a big block to give the Red Hawks the 22-18 lead. Manu’s an ace brought the score to 23-18. The Lady Eagles tried to keep the game alive, but the Red Hawks took game one 25-20.
Simpson started the second set with a kill from Jansen. However, the Red Hawks committed several errors and found themselves down 1-7. The Embry-Riddle front row was playing very strong, and the Red Hawks could not get anything past them. Simpson was forced to cause a timeout when the Eagles took a 6-14 lead. Wallace came into the game and had three digs in one play to make the score 7-14. The Lady Eagles had a big ace, which put them up 16-7. Jansen came back into the game and had back-to-back kills, making the score 18-9 in favor of the Eagles. The Lady Eagles took back control of the game and won set two 25-15.
Set three started out with a kill by Lombardi. Senior Jamie Pickett had a big dig with another kill from Lombardi assisted by Cervantes, making the score 4-1. Embry-Riddle fought back and took a 7-6 lead on an SU hitting error. Lombardi used the Eagles’ block to tie it up at 9, and then she had another big solo block to put Simpson up 12-10. Wallace came into the game and had a big dig to Furze, whose kill gave the Red Hawks a 17-13 lead. Then Cervantes and Belleville had a kill and a block to make the score 19-15. Then the referee made a big call which ended in SU’s favor, raising the score to 21-16. Freshman Ashley Job had a big kill to bring the Red Hawks within three of game point. Lombardi had back-to-back kills to make it game point. Belleville’s final kill of the set off a Cervantes gave the Red Hawks the victory and the 2-1 set lead.
Lombardi started set four with back-to-back kills to get the Lady Red Hawks on the board. Junior Chelsea White also grabbed a kill, making the score 3-2. Manu recorded her third ace of the game to put Simpson up 5-3, and Belleville’s block made it 6-3 Red Hawks. Simpson went on a big run to bring the score to 10-4. Belleville had a big block to get the ball back. Job’s kill assisted by Cervantes brought the score to 15-10. The Lady Eagles fought back and tied the game at 17 on an ace. The SU front row fought hard with big kills from Belleville and Furze. Pickett got a big dig ending in a Belleville kill, which sealed the Red Hawks’ 25-21 victory.
The Lady Red Hawks will hit the road and take on the Arizona Christian Firestorm on Oct. 10 at 8 p.m.
Written by Katie Ratfield
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.