The Sea Beggar Nation celebrates Abigayl Doiron signing her letter of intent to join the Providence Christian College Women's Volleyball Team in the fall of 2017.
"I am very excited to be attending Providence next year! I am eager to see how much my relationship with God grows, experience lots of new things, and gain new knowledge. I am also really looking forward to playing on the volleyball team with an amazing group of girls," said Abigayl.
Abigayl is a 6-foot middle blocker from Temecula Valley High School who brings great athleticism and a wonderful spirit to the Providence squad.
Coach Chown had this to say about Abigayl committing to Providence, "I am thrilled to have Abigayl, and her wonderful family, join us in the fall. She is a great athlete and she is tons of fun to be around. She will make us a better team in many ways."
In their second season as a program, the Providence Christian College Women's Volleyball Team topped the West Region of the NCCAA with a record of 12-13. They made big strides forward during their second year. Three of their ten freshman (Alyssa Roberts, Jatyauna Newburn, and Avery O'Neal) were named 1st Team All-Conference for the West Region. http://thenccaawest.org/awards
Alyssa Roberts is a versatile player that plays with incredible consistency. She hit an impressive .230 on the year, recording 169 kills. "She is a creative player with many weapons and is someone that plays the game with great joy and poise," said Coach Chown. The first match against UC Merced was certainly a highlight for Alyssa. She led the offense with 16 kills and hit a staggering .364 for the match.
Jatyauna Newburn led the Sea Beggars in kills with 193, while hitting .199 on the year, and posting 27 blocks. Jatyauna was also dangerous from the service line, serving an ace almost 25% of the time. "Jaty plays the game on another level...literally. She is a great athlete and I always enjoy watching her hit over people," said Chown. One of Jatyauna's most impressive matches was against the top team in the Cal Pac, Embry Riddle, in which she recorded 12 kills, 5 aces, and a block.
Avery O'Neal is a tough defender that will stop at nothing to get a ball up. She led the team in digs with 260 (3.42 per set) and in aces with 29. She also dished out 45 assists on the year. Coach Chown had this to say about his libero, "she is as competitive as it gets. She plays every point with great passion." In an intense five-set match against La Sierra, Avery had an unbelievable 32 digs.
With such a young roster, the Sea Beggars exceeded expectations this season as they defeated several quality opponents and came within a match of making the postseason. The future is bright for this group. Stay tuned for another exciting season in the fall of 2017.
After a couple tough losses on their NorCal road trip, the Sea Beggars are looking to bounce back this weekend against Life Pacific College and La Sierra University.
This past Friday, Providence faced off against a scrappy and consistent Simpson University team. The match had many momentum shifts, and despite the offensive efforts of Heather Griepsma, the Red Hawks came out on top (17-25, 25-17, 25-21, 15-25, 7-15).
On Saturday, Providence played against another conference opponent, Pacific Union College. The Sea Beggars fought hard as a team (Andrea Edwards had 4 blocks, Avery O'Neal had 19 digs, and Jatyauna Newburn had 12 kills on 32 attempts), but in the end the Pioneers were victorious (21-25, 22-25, 23-25). Immediately after the match, Coach Jaci Schork said, "I feel like we should still be playing right now," as she reflected on her team's level of play and effort.
It is clear that progress is being made by this young Sea Beggar squad, but will it be enough to defeat some of the top teams in the conference? As the chance to play in the NCCAA playoffs hangs in the balance, the Sea Beggars will have dig deep and show what they are made of over the last three weekends of conference play.
Go Sea Beggars!
By Jacob Castro