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.

Lombardi led the Red Hawks with 10 kills. Cervantes had 33 assists, Belleville had five blocks, Manu had three aces, and Pickett led with 24 digs.

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

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