SEATTLE – (Sept. 1) Seattle University volleyball put up an early fight against visiting Cal Poly, but would eventually succumb to a 25-19, 25-10, 25-15 setback in the Connolly Complex Friday night.
“I’m really pleased with the way we came out ready to play,” said Head Coach James Finley. “We had good fire and energy early, we just need to find a way to be more consistent. We started struggling with passing and serve receive, which led to not being able to run our offense.”
A Cal Poly (4-0) service error and Rachel Stark kill had the Redhawks (1-3) leading 10-8 early in the first set, and forced a Mustang timeout. Seattle U was leading 14-12 when Cal Poly would roll off four straight points.
A Katarina Marinkovic kill broke up the run, but sisters Adlee Van Winden and Torrey Van Winden put down back-to-back kills, stretching the lead to 18-15. Cal Poly would pull away down the stretch for the seven-point win.
The Redhawks would not lead for the remainder of the match, hitting just .053 in the second set and bouncing back for a .217 average in the third set. But the Mustang offense was simply too efficient as the visitor hit .429 for the match.
Marinkovic had eight kills to lead Seattle U. Stark added six kills while Shae Harris had 19 assists, seven digs, three kills and two block assists.
“We will focus on keeping our intensity up,” said Finley. “We need to learn to keep doing the things we’re good at, even when things don’t go well, finding a way to bounce back.”
The Redhawks return to action Saturday at noon, facing No. 8 Washington at Alaska Airlines Arena. They return to the Connolly Complex for a 6 p.m. first serve against Santa Clara to close out the weekend.