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Bowman's first year a great learning experience

By: Matt Long
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Drew Bowman might have been a red-shirt freshman, but the thrill of watching his teammates win the NAIA National Volleyball Championship was a thrill nonetheless. For the second straight season and eighth overall, California Baptist University in Riverside won the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics volleyball championship, defeating third-seeded St. Ambrose in three straight games, 25-14, 25-22, and 25-18 on April 16. The Lancers finished the season with a 26-5 record. Bowman, an 18-year-old 2010 graduate of Folsom High, was thrilled to be apart of it all. “It was definitely a surreal experience,” Bowman said. “It definitely made me think how hard I will have to work to get ready for next year going into a new level of Division II. Next year will be a transition year for us, picking up games where we can and my junior year we will be a full-fledged Division II team.” Bowman decided early on this season to red-shirt. “I was more of a practice player this year, but with two setters in front of me it made sense,” Bowman said. “It was helpful for me to watch and learn and I definitely did that.” California Baptist picked up impressive wins this season over several bigger schools, including UC Irvine and Stanford.