Rod Light | December 18, 2017

In it’s third year, Life Pacific Volleyball is setting records and accumulating awards under the leadership of West Coast Region Coach of the Year Sean Douglas.

By: Rod Light

Life Pacific freshman Sydney Culpepper was named 2nd team All-American by the National Christian Collegiate Athletics Association (NCCAA) and was joined by Mariah Durant, Jasmine Broad, and Priscilla Mercado to the All-Western Region team.

Consisiting of one senior, two juniors, two sophomores, and four freshmen, Warriors Volleyball held an 18-match winning streak until being bumped off by Biola in the Western Region Championship on October 31. Biola would later take the NCCAA national championship title on December 2 in Kissimmee, Florida.

The Warriors held a regular conference record of 23-9 and were offered an at-large bid to compete in Florida in a 10-team playoff that put our young crew to the test. Eventual final four team Southwestern Assemblies of God University took three straight sets (15-25,17-25, 20-25) against the Warriors as the women dug deep to manage the competition. Later that day, the Warriors found a better rythym but lost in five to Oakland City University in a tight match (18-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 6-15).

“Initially, we were a little intimidated by the overall stage and scope of the national tournament. Still, multiple players stood out. Mariah Durant led all hitters in kills and Sydney Culpepper led the defense in digs. Jordin Bishop was our most consistent player throughout the tournament by attacking as well as running our offense.”

- Head Coach Sean Douglas

Day two brought tougher competition and better performance by the Warriors even though Campbellsville University took the first match of the day in four (16-25,18-25, 27-25, 21-25). By far, the best match for the Warriors came against tournament runner-up Southern Wesleyan University (25-18,23-25,18-25,25-23,17-19). The fifth set is played to 15 and the winner must win by two. Our Warriors kept fighting through extra points until finally relinguishing the win at 17-19.

“Initially, we were a little intimidated by the overall stage and scope of the national tournament,” says Head Coach Sean Douglas. “Still, multiple players stood out. Mariah Durant led all hitters in kills and Sydney Culpepper led the defense in digs. Jordin Bishop was our most consistent player throughout the tournament by attacking as well as running our offense.”

“We have a great young coach who understands everything that Life Pacific encompasses and has built a culture and foundation for the program to be successful for years to come.”  

- Tim Cook, LPC Athletic Director

Coach Douglas is proud of his team and their progress in a relatively new GSAC/NAIA-Division I sport for Life Pacific. “I'm very excited because the young women on this team work so hard, are very driven and care about each other and representing our institution,” he says.

Life Pacific Athletic Director Tim Cook believes Coach Douglas is a key component to the overall success of Warriors Volleyball. “We have a great young coach who understands everything that Life Pacific encompasses and has built a culture and foundation for the program to be successful for years to come.”

“The team represents Life Pacific by putting Christ first,” Coach Douglas says. “Each team member is active in a local church and routinely helps coach young girls in the community at schools and clubs.”

- Head Coach Sean Douglas

"We are extremely proud of the Warriors volleyball team not only for their on-court execution and hard work but also their off-court community spirit and buy-in to the mission of Life Pacific." 

- Tim Cook, LPC Athletic Director

Coach Douglas’s effort was rewarded this season by the NCCAA when he was named West Coast Region Coach of the Year. While he appreciates the honor, Coach Douglas believes it's the team that deserves recognition for the work they do everyday. “The team represents Life Pacific by putting Christ first,” Coach Douglas says. “Each team member is active in a local church and routinely helps coach young girls in the community at schools and clubs.”

Tim Cook affirms that perspective. “We are extremely proud of the Warriors volleyball team not only for their on-court execution and hard work but also their off-court community spirit and buy-in to the mission of Life Pacific,” he says.

While in Florida, the Warriors set aside time to volunteer at Up Orlando, a service organization that provides groceries for low income families as they break free from poverty through crisis care, education, and employment. Lady Warriors cleaned the distribution center and organized grocery shelves helping facilitate the work of the organization in the greater Orlando area.

Coach Douglas is optimistic about the future of Warriors Volleyball and the prospects of another winning season. “Jasmine Broad, our only senior, will graduate this year but that still leaves us with most players who will return and be the foundation of our winning program,” he says. “We have nowhere to go but up.”  

Warrior Volleyball will resume August 2018.  

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