BERKELEY, Calif. – (Aug. 26) Seattle University volleyball dropped a pair of hard-fought matches Saturday at the Cal Molten Classic, falling in straight sets to UC Irvine and in a 3-1 battle against host Cal.
The Redhawks (1-2) could not get their offense in sync in the day’s first match, managing to hit just .063 against the Anteaters. Katarina Marinkovic had eight kills while Rachel Stark chipped in six.
UC Irvine hit .299 as a team in the 26-24, 25-13, 25-15, straight sets final.
“We played a pretty good first set, but didn’t play very sharp,” said Head Coach James Finley. “Things fell apart in serve receive and kind of went downhill from there. We looked like a young team today.”
In the nightcap against Cal, three Redhawks reached double figure kills and Shae Harris had a match-high 44 assists, but the Golden Bears would claim the match in the fourth set.
Cal took the first set 25-17 behind a .462 hitting percentage on 15 kills with three errors on 26 total swings. Seattle U rallied for a 25-23 win in the second set as a big block by Stojanovic and Victoria Demmene secured the win.
But the Golden Bears would open up a 6-1 advantage to start the third. Seattle U rallied to tie the score at 16-16, but Cal closed out the set on a 9-3 run.
Momentum shift went back to the Redhawks early in the fourth set and three straight points, capped by a Marinkovic kill forced a Cal time out with SU leading 15-8. Seattle U continued to lead, 17-11, but the Golden Bears’ Mima Mirkovic sparked a turn in the tide. Mirkovic tallied three straight kills, and took over on serve.
A Seattle U rotation error would tie the score 19-19 and a big Cal block gave the home team its first lead of the set, 21-20. Mirkovic would eventually end things with a kill on match point for a 25-22 final.
“We did some amazing things and had a chance to get into the tie breaker but made a few too many errors,” Finley said. “However, overall we had some very positive moments and I’m really happy with progress we made this weekend.”
Glavinic and Demmene were selected to the All-Tournament Team. Glavinic averaged 1.91 kills on a .500 hitting percentage and 0.82 blocks per set in the three matches. Demmene added 2.00 kps and 1.50 dps.
The Redhawks return to Seattle to co-host the SU/UW Tournament on Sept. 1-2. They will host Cal Poly on Friday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m., face Washington at Washington on Saturday, Sept. 2 at noon, and concludes play by hosting Santa Clara on Saturday at 6 p.m.