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
The Sea Beggars made the trip up to the Bay Area this past weekend to face off against Mills College and West Coast Baptist. In their first match on Friday, the Sea Beggars, led by Austin Edwards who recorded 9 kills and the Riina sisters who served 9 aces between them, beat a scrappy Mills College team 3-0. Providence then defeated West Coast Baptist 3-1, in a match where Edwards again dominated offensively with 14 kills. Haily Chute also made her presence felt with 5 aces and 14 assists. In their last match of the weekend, the Sea Beggars played Mills College for a second time and came out with another 3-0 victory. Alyssa Roberts led the team in kills with 8 and Mica Riina led the way on defense with 14 digs.