Red Hawks look promising against Chico State
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University’s volleyball team met in a David vs. Goliath match against NCAA D-II opponent Chico State University on Tues., Sept. 1 at the Heritage Student Life Center. Chico State’s roster included seven athletes who were 5’10” or above while the Red Hawk roster had only one. The taller frontline of Chico eventually spelled doom for the Red Hawks, as they fell in three games 18-25, 16-25, and 20-25.
In the first game, the Red Hawks made an immediate statement by going point-for-point with the larger Wildcats. Chico eventually broke away from the trailing Red Hawks with an emphatic kill from outside hitter Makenzie Snyder, which eventually lead to a 18-25 Chico victory.
In the second game, Simpson once again came on strong, matching Chico until the Wildcats pushed up to 10-14 with Snyder’s five serves in a row. Simpson’s head coach Christy Swagerty-Vilas called a timeout in an attempt to break the rotation and get Snyder off the serve. Simpson could not stave off Chico’s big hitting front row and fell 16-25 in the second game.
The Red Hawks made their best effort of the evening holding Chico State at 23 points while coming roaring back from 14-23 to within three. With the game set at 20-23 once again Makenzie Snyder came up with a huge kill to put Chico up 24-20. Chico closed out the game on the coinciding play, 25-20.
Simpson middle blocker junior Kelly Brown demonstrated promise compiling over ten kills. Brown also performed well combating the height of Chico State's blockers on the defensive end. It would be Chico’s Snyder who was the most dominate player in the gym, an obviously experienced outside hitter that compiled over seventeen kills throughout the match. Simpson’s outside hitting made it difficult for Chico’s front row blockers by consistently penetrating the offense of the Wildcats. The Red Hawks showed a lot of promise against Chico State and now look to face Southwestern College at home on Sept. 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.