Warriors close out WJU Invitational with pair of wins

Women’s Volleyball | Mon, Sep. 2, 2019 at 10:40 AM

ROCKLIN, Calif. – On the second day of the WJU Invitational the Warriors took down two opponents in six-straight sets improving to 3-4 overall to start the season heading into conference competition next week.

On the second day of the WJU Invitational, the Warriors started off their doubleheader by taking on the Simpson University Red Hawks and defeating them in straight sets, 25-11, 25-17, & 27-25.

In the opening set, the Warriors started fast and never looked back. The would go on multiple scoring runs and would finish off the set scoring the final four points as they won 25-11.

The opposing Red Hawks claimed the opening point of the second set but then the Warriors quickly regained momentum and jumped out in front. Once Jessup was in front they held the lead for the duration of the set as they closed it out 25-17.

During the third and final set of the game, the Warriors faced an uphill battle. After trailing 18-15, the Warriors would tie the game three different times. With the help of Hannah Henriksen scoring the final four points, the Warriors would edge the Red Hawks in extra points to complete the sweep, 27-25.

Head coach Tiger Shelton liked how his team was able to show resiliency as a unit and come together to win the match down the stretch.

“They came out and took the last game with the help of the entire team. It was great to see. The girls on the court played very well and our bench is one big reason we are starting to get our stride. The staff is really starting to work well together, Andie Shelton and AJ Mackin are very good at what they do. The team is one, on the rise and Warrior Strong!”

Game two for the Warriors was against a stout Oregon Tech University opponent who had just beaten them last week in a five-set battle. Looking to avenge the previous loss, Jessup caught fire early as they led 5-0 to start. The Owls would battle back not going down quietly but the early deficit proved to be too much as the Warriors won 25-19.

Similar to the first set, the Warriors had a strong start as they led 4-0 and would continue to hold the lead till its conclusion, winning 25-19. In the last set of the night, Jessup would go on yet another scoring run taking a 9-3 lead early. However, the Owls brought the score within three points as Jessup held a narrow lead, 17-14. Another scoring surge for the Warriors would push them to victory as they swept their second opponent of the day.

Part of the Warriors’ success against the Owls was their effectiveness from the service line. As a unit, they had 11 aces and head coach Tiger Shelton was happy to see his teams’ hard work pay off.

“That’s what we’ve been working on all year. We want to serve tough and that’s what we plan to do.”

On the day the Henriksen led the Warriors with 27 kills and Taylor Jacky had 21. Jessica Williams led Jessup in assists during each game totaling 35 and Brianne Whitt ended with 24 total assists. Alicia Borges showed her dominance from the service line as she had a team-high 8 service aces over the two games played.

The Warriors will have a short break before returning to their home floor to start off conference play on September 6th against Life Pacific University at 5 PM.


William Jessup University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). For additional information regarding Jessup Athletics, visit www.jessupathletics.com; visit www.jessup.edu for more information on William Jessup University. Follow Jessup Athletics on social media: William Jessup University Athletics (Facebook) and @JessupAthletics (Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat).

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